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.

Open Registration for the RETURNING Junior Lifeguards in the ‘B’ age group is live at 9:00am 3/19.

If you are a new JG, please check back on April 1, 2019 to sign up for the first swim test (details below).

Summer 2019 Program Dates

2019 Session 1: June 19 – July 18 (no JGs on 7/4 and 7/5)

2019 Session 2: July 22 – August 16


2019 Returning JG Registration

Returning JG Priority Registration:

February 1-28 (closed)

Returning JG Open Registration:

A: March 12-14

B: March 19-21

C: March 26-28


2019 New JG Swim Tests

Sign-ups for the new JG Swim Tests will be available at the top of this website on the dates indicated below:

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at El Segundo Aquatic Center (sign up April 1st)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Belvedere County Pool (sign up April 15th)

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Palisades High School (sign up April 29th)

2019 Uniform Pick-ups

Uniform Pick-ups will be held at the Swim Tests.

Any other dates are TBD


2019 Cadet Program and Surf Racing Team

Interested in becoming a member of our Cadet Program or Surf Racing Team? We are doing things a little differently this year.  In order to accommodate the schedules of our busy students and athletes, the programs will be more confined to the summer months.  We will post more dates as they are finalized, but in the meantime:

Application and Info Nights coming in April 2019

Cadet Tryouts all day on June 8th or 9th (Choice of one)

Cadet Training June 17

Questions about your 2018 pictures?

 If you have any questions regarding pictures, please contact JW Photography directly at (310) 640-7212.


United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Membership Sign-up: 




Contact Info:

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

email: fire-juniorlifeguards@fire.lacounty.gov

phone: (310) 939-7214

Frequently Asked Questions:

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What are the program dates?

Session 1:  June 19 – July 18, no JGs 7/4 or 7/5

Session 2:  July 22 – August 16


Classes are every day, Monday through Friday. There are two classes a day: AM class (8:30 – 11:30am) and PM class (1:30 – 4:30pm). Some areas do not offer the afternoon class. Some locations will not have programs during the 2nd Session.

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; First Session, AM and PM; Second Session, AM Only)

Tim Kelly (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Hermosa (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Manhattan (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

El Segundo (Both Sessions; First Session, AM and PM; Second Session, AM Only)

Surf Racing Team (SRT) (First Session and part of Second Session, AM Only)

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 (First Session, AM Only)

How do I sign up to try out for Junior Guards?


Every NEW JG for 2019 is required to sign-up through our website (info will be at the top of this page closer to the swim test dates) for the JG SWIM TEST LOTTERY SYSTEM. Each Swim Test location will have a separate Lottery System that will issue a random appointment time for your child to swim on the day of the test.  Sign-ups are typically the week before each Swim Test. 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 signup 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 email Lottery System Appointment times the Friday after each sign-up window closes.

Swim tests are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Swim Test #1: Saturday, April 13th

Swim Test #2: Saturday, April 27th

Swim Test #3: Sunday, May 5th

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.

As a result of the Junior Lifeguard Program’s popularity, the number of participants increases yearly.  Due to the extremely high volume of Returning Junior Lifeguards, many beach locations will be limited, or waitlist only in Session 1 at the Swim Tests.  We will do our best to accommodate your choice, but your patience will be appreciated when assigning enrollment.  We do not accept special circumstances when assigning enrollment, such as accommodating siblings or address.

2019 RETURNING Registration is a two-part process:

Priority Registration (to maintain your exact enrollment from the previous year) – February 1st-28th

Open Registration (to change any part of your enrollment from the previous year; first come, first served): 

  • ‘A’ (14-17 years old) – March 12th-14th
  • ‘B’ (12-13 years old) – March 19th-21st
  • ‘C’ (9-11 years old) – March 26th-28th

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 as of 7/1/19 – “C” Age Group

1:40 for 12-13 year olds as of 7/1/19 – “B” Age Group

1:30 for 14-17 year olds as of 7/1/19 – “A” Age Group

Complete a 7′ surface dive.

Should a NEW applicant be unable to pass the required time the first try and they are within 5 seconds of their time standard, 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 Returning JG Priority Registration Process?

Note:  This information is provided for RETURNING (JGs that successfully completed the 2018 Summer Program) Junior Lifeguards for the 2019 Summer Program.

All eligible returning Junior Lifeguards (JGs) will have the opportunity to reserve their EXACT SAME SPOT from last summer (2018) with our Priority Registration process. In February 2019, all eligible returning JGs will be able to access the online form. An email will go to the parent contact email address on file. The Priority Registration window will be in February 2019. Link and access code may be used ONCE at any time during the registration window. This is NOT first come, first served. Parents will have the entire month of February to use this system.

Returning JGs who do NOT want to return to their previous spot may forfeit their Priority Registration enrollment by declining in the online form. Returning JGs who do not submit the online form by its end date will automatically forfeit their Priority Registration enrollment. Any Returning JG who forfeits their spot will then have the option to enroll in a class through our online first come, first served Open Registration to take place in March.

Your access code during Priority Registration is only good for ONE registration. If an error was made while using the Priority Registration system, contact the office.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What age group does my child fall under?

A: Age Groups:

-“A” 14-17 years old

-“B” 12-13 years old

-“C” 9-11 years old

*Age groups are determined by the age of the child ON July 1st, 2019.


Q: Can we reserve our spot using Priority Registration and then use Open Registration to change enrollment location, class, or session?

A: No. You may not. If you submit “YES” on the Priority Registration online form, you will not be eligible to use Open Registration. You must contact the JG Office before the Priority Registration window closes to take your child out of their spot and be eligible for Open Registration.


Q: Can we use Priority Registration to waitlist?

A:  There is NO WAITLIST for Priority Registration. Priority Registration is designed for those wishing to remain at the previous summer’s (2018) beach location, class, and session. If your child wishes to adjust any aspect of their 2018 enrollment, you must decline Priority Registration and register during first come, first served, Open Registration. However; any JG who chooses to remain at their spot from last summer but would like to Waitlist somewhere else as well may wait until AFTER Open Registration closes for the appropriate age group and they may be added to a Waitlist by contacting the JG Office. Please bear in mind, by the time Open Registration closes, Waitlists may be extensive and your child will be placed at the back end of a given Waitlist: NO EXCEPTIONS.


Q: What if we want to stay at the same beach, same session, but want to move from PM to AM?

A: If you want to adjust ANY aspect of the previous summer’s (2018) enrollment status, decline Priority Registration and register using the first come, first served Open Registration for your child’s age group in March.


Q: What if we only want to change the beach location but keep everything else the same?

A: If you want to adjust ANY aspect of the previous summer’s (2018) enrollment status, decline Priority Registration and register using the first come, first served Open Registration for your child’s age group in March.


Q: What if we need to be in a different Session because of school conflicts?

A: If you want to adjust ANY aspect of the previous summer’s (2018) enrollment status, decline Priority Registration and register using the first come, first served Open Registration for your child’s age group in March.


Q: My child is aging up this summer. Will a spot be available for them in the next age group?

A: Yes. A spot will be available for your child in the next age group, but only at the same beach, same session, same class time: NO EXCEPTIONS.


Q: If my child is aging up, can we adjust an aspect of the previous summer’s (2018) enrollment.

A: No. A spot will be available for your child in the next age group, but only at the same beach, same class time, and same session: NO EXCEPTIONS.


Q: Can we use Priority Registration to enroll in both sessions?

A: No. Priority Registration may only be used for one session and allows you to stay where your child was the previous summer (2018). If your child participated in both sessions in the summer of 2018, the default setting for Priority Registration will be Session 1. Please contact the office during the Priority Registration window (February 1st-28th) if you did both sessions last summer (2018) and wish to remain in Session 2 instead.


Q: What do we do if my child is interested in the Cadet Program?

A: If your child is 16-17 years old and would like to be a Cadet, they still need to be enrolled in the program. Register your child as you would if they were going to be an “A”. Worry about Cadets later.


Q: How do we pay for the program?

A: Once your enrollment is confirmed for 2019, we will send out an email with the Returning JG Application, as well as payment information.  You will have the option to pay online, or to pay a check by mail.


To Summarize:

If you want your JG to stay at the same beach, same class time, same session: Accept Priority Registration

If you want to change your JG’s beach, time, or session: Decline Priority Registration and use Open Registration

What is the Returning JG Open Registration Process?

Returning Open Registration is exclusively reserved for Returning JGs and is a first come, first served process after the Priority Registration Window closes. Each age group will begin registering on a different date. The registration windows for each age group will open and close as follows:

“A” (14-17yrs old as of July 1st) – March 12th-14th

“B” (12-13yrs old as of July 1st) – March 19th-21st

“C” (9-11yrs old as of July 1st) – March 26th-28th

Beach Availability cannot be guaranteed.

Waitlist options may be available.

All eligible JG’s will receive an informational email regarding Returning Open Registration after the Priority Registration Window Closes.

What are the swim test dates and locations?

2019 NEW JG Swim Test Dates:

Swim tests for the 2019 Program are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Swim Test #1: Saturday, April 13th @ El Segundo

Swim Test #2: Saturday, April 27th @ Belvedere County Pool

Swim Test #3: Sunday, May 5th @ Palisades Charter High School Pool

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 one year or more must attend one of our pool swim tryouts.

How is a JG's Age Group determined?

Ages are as of July 1st, 2019 and align with the United States Lifesaving Association’s national standard.

A’s are 14-17 years old

B’s are 12 and 13 years old

C’s are 9-11 years old

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?

During initial registration JGs can only sign up for one session. Once all registration is complete, depending on availability, we will reopen the system and allow JGs to sign up for an additional session.

How much does the Junior Guard program cost?

The fee for the 2019 JG Program is $535. 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.

Is Financial Aid or Transportation available?

Yes, 2019 Financial Aid will be available for those that apply and qualify.

The Fire Department is committed to offering quality programs to the youth throughout L.A. County. The purpose of the Financial Aid program is to encourage the participation of young people with limited access or opportunity by assisting qualified applicants with program tuition fees.

Along with your financial aid application, you must include a copy of one of the following:

  • 2018 Federal Tax Return
  • W-2
  • your most recent 3 months of pay stubs
  • OR proof of public assistance

Your application will NOT be processed without these components. All Information will remain strictly confidential. You may not apply for Financial Aid after you have registered and paid the full fee; there are no retroactive refunds. Note: There is no guarantee of approval, or funding amount for individual or family applications. Financial Aid is based on availability of funds and applies for ONE summer only.

RETURNING Junior Lifeguards please print out application and supporting documents for Financial Aid and attach to Registration Packet. This packet should be mailed to the address stated on Returning Junior Lifeguards Application Packet. PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH PAYMENT, as your payment amount will be determined after review.

NEW JG’s to the program please fill out application and bring to NEW JG Swim Test. Do Not Mail In To Office. Please bring your supporting documents and application to the swim test location to be reviewed on the pool deck after successfully completing the swim test.


Click Here: Financial Aid Form


San Fernando Valley Transportation will be available for Session 1, in the AM class time only to Will Rogers and Zuma Beach. Click Here: San Fernando Valley Transportation Application

South and East Los Angeles Transportation will be available for Session 1, in the AM class time only to Venice and Santa Monica Beach. Click Here: South and East Los Angeles Transportation Application

Are Refunds available?

Our Refund Policy outlined below:

First Session
•Partial Refund request submitted prior to June 18, 2019: Tuition refund minus $60 Processing Fee
•Partial Refund request submitted between June 18, 2019 and July 2, 2019: $60 Processing fee, plus 20% ofProgram Fee
•No refund after July 2, 2019

Second Session
•Partial Refund request submitted prior to July 22, 2019: Tuition refund minus $60 Processing Fee
•Partial Refund request submitted between July 22, 2019 and August 6, 2019: $60 Processing Fee, plus 20%of Program Fee
•No Refund after August 6, 2019

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 basic lifeguard skills, ocean conditions, rescue techniques, and CPR. Cadets are also expected to lead younger JGs in practical and physical skills.

How do I become a Cadet?

2019 CADETS:

Cadets Applicants must be 16 or 17 years old as of 7/1/19 and must have completed one year of the Junior Lifeguard “A” Program. Please check back for more details regarding the 2019 Cadet application process.

What is the Surf Racing Team?

The LA County JG Surf Racing Team (SRT) is designed to meet the ever-growing demand for more competition experience throughout the summer season. Unlike the typical JG schedule, the SRT will meet 2 hours a day (9:00am-12:00pm), and is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday 6/17/19 and end Friday 8/01/19 at the Dockweiler Youth Center. Full time coaches will create event specific training with the goal of improving surf racing skills for each member of the SRT. Unique experiences outside lifesaving events may include SUP, outrigger canoe, and distance paddleboards. Eligible applicants are RETURNING JGs, ages 15-17 (on 7/01/19) and must have successfully completed one summer of A’s.

Please check back for specific dates and further details regarding the 2019 SRT Application process.