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The LA County Fire Dept Lifeguard Division Junior Lifeguard Program

The Junior Guard Program is offered to all boys and girls in Los Angeles County.  The program is designed to instruct youth (ages 9 through 17) in beach and ocean skills.  The program provides instruction in water safety, swimming, body surfing, surfing, physical conditioning, competition skills, first aid, lifesaving, rescue techniques, CPR and the use of professional lifesaving equipment.

 


Summer 2017 Program Dates

Session 1: June 19th-July 20th

Session 2: July 24th-August 18th

Several reasons became key factors for selecting these dates:

1) The program must take into consideration the schedules of over a dozen school districts. These dates will accommodate each district with at least one session available in its’ totality.

2) The JG Program must work within the Lifeguard Division’s operational needs. The JG Program will benefit from schedule continuity with the beach lifeguards.

3) The new dates will provide a greater availability of potential JG Instructors.

Returning Registration and Swim Test dates are still in the processing of being finalized. Announcements will be made by the end of the year, if not sooner! Thanks to all who participated in our end of the summer survey. Your comments and suggestions have been noted. We appreciate the feedback.

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**2017 NEW JG Swim Test Dates**

#1 – Saturday, April 29th @ Loyola Marymount Univ.
#2 – Sunday, May 14th @ Culver City Plunge
#3 – Sunday, May 21st @ Palisades High School

Mark you calendars and start preparing now! Note we have a brand new location for our first swim test, Loyola Marymount University. LMU has graciously opened their doors to our ever expanding program! Sign ups for test #1 will take place starting April 18.


Contact Info:

Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LACoJGs

email: fire-juniorlifeguards@fire.lacounty.gov

phone: (310) 939-7214

What are the program dates?

JG Program dates for 2017 will be:
Session 1, June 19th-July 20th
Session 2, July 24th-August 18th

Classes are every day, Monday through Friday. There are two classes a day: AM class (8:30am – 11:30am) and PM class (1:30pm – 4:30pm). Some areas do not offer the afternoon class. Some locations will not have programs during the 2nd Session. Program hours are occasionally modified into a FULL day, upon the Instructor’s discretion.

Where can I find an application for a returning Jr Guard?

2017 RETURNING Junior Lifeguard Registration will take place in March:

TBD – A (14-17 years of age) REGISTRATION OPEN ONLINE

TBD – B (12-13 years of age) REGISTRATION OPEN ONLINE

TBD – C (9-11 years of age) REGISTRATION OPEN ONLINE

ALL REGISTRATION OPENS ONLINE TBD

What are the swim test dates and locations?

2017 NEW JG Swim Test Dates:

TEST #1:  Saturday, April 29 – Loyola Marymounty University

TEST #2:  Sunday, March 14 – Culver City Plunge

TEST #3:  Sunday, March 21 – Palisades High School

How is a JG's age determined?

Ages are as of July 1st, 2017

A’s are 14-17 years old

B’s are 12 and 13 years old

C’s are 9-11 years old

How do I sign up for Junior Guards?

2017 NEW JG REGISTRATION:

Every NEW JG for 2017 is required to sign up for the JG SWIM TEST LOTTERY SYSTEM. Each Swim Test location will have a separate Lottery System. Dates below indicate when the SIGN UP will open and close. The sign up is not acceptance into the program and will not give a confirmation email with the appointment time until the sign up window closes. Once users complete the online sign up, an email notifying users we have received their information for the Lottery System is sent, this is not a confirmation of appointment time. Only when the sign up window closes for a swim test will users receive their Appointment Time Confirmation Email. Please be patient in waiting for this Appointment Time Confirmation Email. JG Staff will post Lottery System Appointment times online the same day as the Appointment Time Confirmation Emails are sent.

  1. Loyola Marymount University – TBD
  2. Culver City Plunge – TBD
  3. Palisades High School – TBD

After completing the NEW JG SWIM TEST, successful swimmers will be guided by staff through the registration process on the pool deck. Each child that passes the required 100 yard swim will receive a opportunity to choose a beach location from what is available, a class enrollment (AM/PM- Session I or Session II), complete payment (check or credit card) and be given a uniform.

2017 RETURNING Junior Lifeguard Registration: 

  • 2017 TBD, ‘A’ (14-17 years old)
  • 2017 TBD, ‘B’ (12-13 years old)
  • 2017 TBD, ‘C’ (9-11 years old)

How much does the Junior Guard program cost?

The fee for this year’s JG Program is $476. A uniform is included in the fee. Girls receive a Junior Lifeguard t-shirt and a navy blue Speedo tank swimsuit. Boys receive a Junior Lifeguard t-shirt and navy blue custom designed Body Glove board shorts. Financial Aid is available.

What are the JG Program locations?

If a minimum number of participants is not met, the group/session may be cancelled.

Avalon (First Session, AM Only)

Cabrillo (First Session, AM Only)

Torrance (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Redondo (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Tim Kelly (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Hermosa (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Manhattan (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

El Segundo (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Venice (Both Sessions; First Session-AM and PM, Second Session-AM Only)

Santa Monica (First Session, AM Only)

Will Rogers (Both Sessions; First Session-AM and PM, Second Session-AM Only)

Zuma (Both Sessions; First Session-AM and PM, Second Session-AM Only)

Does my child need to tryout again?

Returning JGs who successfully completed the previous summer do not have to tryout again. All new applicants and returning JGs who have been away from the program for more than one year must attend one of our pool swim tryouts.

What does my child need to participate in Junior Guards?

For the pool swim tryout: a lightweight racing style swim suit (aka “Speedos” or jammers  because baggy suits make for slow times), a cap (to keep the hair out of eyes), goggles (today is not the day to test a new pair), and a towel (big, fluffy, and lucky is best).

For a day at Junior Lifeguards: a uniform (provided), towel, sunscreen, hat, water, and a healthy snack.

Can my child do both sessions of JGs?

Yes. However, during initial registration JGs can only sign up for one session. Once all registration is complete we will reopen the system and allow JGs to sign up for an additional session.

Is Financial Aid or Transportation available?

Yes 2017, financial aid is available.

Qualification will be determined by the evaluation of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Return-1040 front page, or a Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services approved application for Unemployment, the Welfare or Food Stamp Programs of the Household of the Applicant.

RETURNING Junior Lifeguards please print out application for Financial Aid and attach to Registration Packet. This packet will be mailed to the address stated on Returning Junior Lifeguards Application Packet. Please do not attach payment.

NEW JG’s to the program please fill out application and bring to NEW JG Swim Test- Do Not Mail In To Office. Qualification will be determined by the evaluation of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Return-1040 front page, or a Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services approved application for Unemployment, the Welfare or Food Stamp Programs of the Household of the Applicant. Copies of all documents will be required for eligibility. No W2’s are accepted. Please bring all to swim test location. You will be reviewed on the pool deck after successfully completing the swim test.

The final date for financial aid submission for RETURNING AND NEW JG’s is TBD.

 

YES, Forms will be uploaded in the winter season.

2017 TRANSPORTATION FORMS: TDB

What are the requirements to become a Junior Guard?

In order to become a JG, your child must complete a 100 yard pool swim test under:

1:50 for 9-11 year olds – C Group

1:40 for 12-13 year olds – B Group

1:30 for 14-17 year olds – A Group

Complete a 7′ surface dive.

Should a NEW applicant be unable to pass the required time the first try, they will be allowed ONE re-swim on that day. Should they be unable to pass on the second try, they will be eligible to re-swim at one of the other swim dates stated above.

We recommend NEW applicants be actively participating in an aquatics program for at least a few months leading up to the swim test to ensure a smooth testing process, AND, if they pass their swim test, to be sufficiently prepared to swim in the waves and ocean each day of the program.

*Swim times are determined by the age group a child will be participating in during the program, NOT the current age of the applicant. For example, if an applicant is 11 years old on the date of the tryout, but will turn 12 on or before July 1st, they are considered a “B”, not a “C”, and must pass the “B” required swim time.

What is the JG Program Tax ID Number?

The Tax ID Number of the Junior Lifeguard Program is: 95-6000927

What is a Cadet?

Cadets are Junior Lifeguards that are being groomed to become Lifeguards. They operate under the supervision of a Junior Lifeguard Instructor.  Cadets will be challenged to learn lifeguard operations, ocean conditions and rescue techniques, first aid, and CPR. Cadets are also expected to lead younger JGs in practical and physical skills.

How do I become a Cadet?

2017 CADETS:

Cadets are based on their age as of July 1, 2017. Cadets must be 16 or 17 years old and should have participated in the Junior Lifeguard Program for at least two years.
First a potential Cadet may attend the Cadet informational meeting. Potential Cadets must pass a pool swim test (500 yards in under 7:00), be CPR certified, provide one letter of recommendation, show proficiency in a competitive 500-meter ocean swim, go through a formal interview, and be recommended by a former JG Instructor. The interview is a business interview, where a resume and appropriate business attire are recommended. If you are interested in becoming a Cadet, please call the program office at (310) 939-7214.

Are Refunds available?

Refund requests received prior to the first day of the first session, June 27th will receive all but $50 back.  This applies to both sessions. Refund requests received between the first day and the second Tuesday of either session will receive all but $135 back. No refunds will be issued after the second Tuesday of either session.

Beach Availability

2017 Returning Junior Guards: REGISTRATION BEGIN MARCH 1st, Beach Availability will be first come first serve.

A Registration (14-17 years old) – TBD

B Registration (12-13 years old) – TBD

C Registration (9- 11 years old) – TBD

All Registration Days will open online at 9:00 am PST

 

2017 NEW Junior Lifeguards: Registration and Beach selection will be available at each NEW Junior Guard Swim Tryout. Registration process will take place on the pool deck with LACo Lifeguard staff after a New Junior Guard completes his or her 100 yard swim under the required time. New Junior Lifeguard applicants have 3 New Junior Lifeguard Tryout Location opportunities.