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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.

NEW JUNIOR LIFEGUARD REGISTRATION PACKET

Financial Aid Application 

 

Summer 2016 Program Dates

Session 1: June 27th – July 29th (No JGs on July 4th, 15th, & 22nd)

Session 2: August 1st – August 27th

 Returning JG Uniform Pick-Ups:

  • April 16 – Culver City Plunge (9AM-3PM)
  • May 7 – Mira Costa HS (9AM-2PM)
  • May 22 – Malibu HS (9AM-12Noon)
  • June 12 – Dockweiler Youth Center Parking Lot (8AM-11:30AM)

 

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Contact Info:

email: captcan@fire.lacounty.gov

phone: (310) 939-7214

What are the program dates?

The dates for the 1st Session of the 2016 Junior Lifeguard program are Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 29th. No Class on July 4th or July 15th, July 22nd. The dates for the 2nd Session of the 2016 Junior Lifeguard Program are Monday, August 1st  through Saturday, August 27th. 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?

NEW JG REGISTRATION:

All NEW JG’s for 2016 are required to sign up for a JG SWIM TEST LOTTERY SYSTEM. Each Swim Test location will have a separate Lottery System. Dates below state when the SIGN UP will be open and closed. This sign up window is not acceptance into the program and will not give a confirmation email right away with the slot time stated, but you will receive a confirmation email stating that we have received your information for the Lottery System. The next email that you will receive will be your Slot Time Assignment Email. This email will be sent out after the Sign Up is closed on the dates stated below. Please be patient in waiting for this Slot Time Assignment Email. For your convince and confirmation JG Staff will be posting Lottery System Assignments for each swim test online on the same day as Assignment Slot email is sent out.

  1. Sat. April 16th – Culver City Plunge
    • Lottery Sign Up: Open April 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: Close April 7. 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online APRIL 8, 2016
  2. Sat. May 7th – Mira Costa High School Pool
    • Lottery Sign Up: OPEN April 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: CLOSE April 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online APRIL 29, 2016
  3. Sun. May 22nd – Malibu High School Pool
    • Lottery Sign Up: OPEN May 9, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: CLOSE May 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online MAY 13, 2016

After completing the NEW JG SWIM TEST at your assigned lottery time, 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.

 

RETURNING Junior Lifeguards:

March 1st 2016- A/AA (14-17 years of age) REGISTRATION OPEN ONLINE

March 8th 2016- B (12-13 years of age) REGISTRATION OPEN ONLINE

March 15th 2016- C (9-11 years of age) REGISTRATION OPEN ONLINE

ALL REGISTRATION OPENS ONLINE @ 9:00 PST

What are the swim test dates and locations?

NEW JG Swim Test Dates:

TEST #1: Culver City Plunge: April 16th, 2016

TEST #2: Mira Costa High School: May 7th, 2016

TEST #3: Malibu High School: May 22nd 2016

 

All NEW JG’s for 2016 are required to sign up for a JG SWIM TEST LOTTERY SYSTEM. Each Swim Test location will have a separate Lottery System. Dates below state when the SIGN UP will be open and closed. This sign up window is not acceptance into the program and will not give a confirmation email right away with the slot time stated, but you will receive a confirmation email stating that we have received your information for the Lottery System. The next email that you will receive will be your Slot Time Assignment Email. This email will be sent out after the Sign Up is closed on the dates stated below. Please be patient in waiting for this Slot Time Assignment Email. For your convince and confirmation JG Staff will be posting Lottery System Assignments for each swim test on the same day as the email is sent.

  1. Sat. April 16th – Culver City Plunge
    • Lottery Sign Up: Open April 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: Close April 7. 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online APRIL 8, 2016
  2. Sat. May 7th – Mira Costa High School Pool
    • Lottery Sign Up: OPEN April 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: CLOSE April 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online APRIL 29, 2016
  3. Sun. May 22nd – Malibu High School Pool
    • Lottery Sign Up: OPEN May 9, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: CLOSE May 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online MAY 13, 2016

How is a JG's age determined?

Ages are as of July 1st, 2016

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?

New Applicants:

All NEW JG’s for 2016 are required to sign up for a JG SWIM TEST LOTTERY SYSTEM. Each Swim Test location will have a separate Lottery System. Dates below state when the SIGN UP will be open and closed. This sign up window is not acceptance into the program and will not give a confirmation email right away with the slot time stated, but you will receive a confirmation email stating that we have received your information for the Lottery System. The next email that you will receive will be your Slot Time Assignment Email. This email will be sent out after the Sign Up is closed on the dates stated below. Please be patient in waiting for this Slot Time Assignment Email. For your convince and confirmation JG Staff will be posting Lottery System Assignments for each swim test on the same day as the email is sent.

  1. Sat. April 16th – Culver City Plunge:
    • Lottery Sign Up: Open April 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: Close April 7. 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online APRIL 8, 2016
  2. Sat. May 7th – Mira Costa High School Pool
    • Lottery Sign Up: OPEN April 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: CLOSE April 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online APRIL 29, 2016
  3. Sun. May 22nd – Malibu High School Pool
    • Lottery Sign Up: OPEN May 9, 2016 @ 8:00 am
    • Lottery Sign Up: CLOSE May 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
    • LOTTERY SLOT TIME EMAIL & Posting Online MAY 13, 2016

 

RETURNING Junior Lifeguard Registration: 

**Registration will open at 9:00 am PST. Age group is determined by age as of July 1, 2016, NO EXCEPTIONS**

  • March 1st, ‘A’ (14-17 years old)
  • March 8th, ‘B’ (12-13 years old)
  • March 15th, ‘C’ (9-11 years old)

Please check back soon for the online registration practice form and check emails often. Check ‘promotion’ or ‘spam’ folders for JG Office Emails so you don’t miss anything.

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 will 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 are the only ones who do not have to tryout. 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 your 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

Can my child do both sessions of JGs?

Yes. 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 two sessions.

Is Financial Aid or Transportation available?

Yes, financial aid is available.

Qualification will be determined by the evaluation of your 2015 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.

2016 Financial Aid Application

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 2015 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 May 31, 2016. 

 

YES, Check forms below for pick up and drop off locations.

TRANSPORTATION FORMS:

Please print out form and  fill out. This form will be attach to your Registration Packet that is mailed into The Junior Lifeguard Program

2016 SF Valley Transportation Application

South LA & East LA & South East LA Transportation form: 2016

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

and complete a 7′ surface dive to retrieve a swimming ring.

New For 2016:

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.

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?

Cadets are based on their age as of July 1, 2016. Cadets must be at least 16 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 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

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

A Registration (14-17 years old) – March 1st

B Registration (12-13 years old) – March 8th

C Registration (9- 11 years old) – March 15th

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

 

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.