Junior Lifeguard Program


Thank you for a great summer! 2019 dates will be released soon! Please continue to check this page for updates.


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.


Questions about your 2018 pictures?

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


Summer 2019 Program Dates

2019 dates will be released soon. 2018 dates are included below:

2018 Session 1: June 20 – July 19 (July 4th off only)
2018 Session 2: July 23 – August 17


2019 Swim Test Dates: 

Check back next January 2019 for next year’s swim test dates!


2019 Uniform Pick-ups



2019 Cadet Program and Surf Racing Team

Interested in becoming a member of our Cadet Program or Surf Racing Team? We are finalizing the details and will post them no later than January 2019. Cadet Applicants must be 16 or 17 years old as of 7/1/19, with at least 1 year of JG experience. Surf Racing Team Applicants must be 15, 16, or 17 with at least one year of JG ‘A’ Age Group Experience. Check out last year’s applications below:

2018 Cadet Application

2018 Surf Racing Team Application

2018 Cadet 500 Yard Pool Swim Sign-Off

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

What are the program dates?

Session 1:  June 20 – July 19

Session 2:  July 23 – August 17

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, 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 (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 Test #1: TBD

Swim Test #2: TBD

Swim Test #3: 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.

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) – dates TBD

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

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

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” Age Group

1:40 for 12-13 year olds – “B” Age Group

1:30 for 14-17 year olds – “A” Age 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 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. Near 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 near 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 3 weeks 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 you attempt to use the access code multiple times, your priority enrollment WILL BE INVALIDATED. Once the Priority Registration window closes, parents who confirmed they would like to remain at the same spot as last year but seek to adjust their child’s enrollment status must call the office AFTER Open Registration closes for the appropriate age group.

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, 2018.

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 (2017) beach location, class, and session. If your child wishes to adjust any aspect of their 2017 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 around 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 around 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 around 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 (dates TBD) 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) – TBD

“B” (12-13yrs old as of July 1st) – TBD

“C” (9-11yrs old as of July 1st) – TBD

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 will occur sometime in April and May of next year.

Swim Test #1: TBD

Swim Test #2: TBD

Swim Test #3: TBD

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.

How is a JG's Age Group determined?

Ages are as of July 1st, 2018 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 2018 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, 2018 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:

  • 2017 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.




San Fernando Valley Transportation will be available for Session 1, in the AM class time only to Will Rogers and Zuma Beach.  https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018_SF_Valley-Transportation.pdf

South and East Los Angeles Transportation will be available for Session 1, in the AM class time only to Venice and Santa Monica Beach.  https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-South_-East-LA_Transportation.pdf

Are Refunds available?

Refund requests submitted before 5:00 p.m. PST 7 days prior to the start of the program will receive a tuition refund minus a $60 Processing Fee. Refunds requests submitted after 5:00 p.m. PST 7 days prior to the start of the program will receive a tuition refund minus $155.

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?

2018 CADETS:

Cadets Applicants must be 16 or 17 years old as of 7/1/18 and must have completed one year of the Junior Lifeguard “A” Program.
Cadet Applicants are HIGHLY encouraged to attend one of our Cadet Informational Meetings. Potential Cadets must pass a pool swim test (500 yards in under 7:00), be CPR certified (by the beginning of the JG Program), provide one letter of recommendation, show proficiency in the competitive 500-meter ocean swim test, and be recommended by a former JG Instructor.

The Application period for the 2018 Cadet Program is from 2/1 – 2/28/18. Pertinent dates below:

  • Thursday, February 1 – Cadet Applications Available on JG website
  • Thursday, February 8th (6-8pm) – Cadet and SRT Information Meeting #1
    • Dockweiler Youth Center 12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
  • Sunday, February 25th (3-5pm) – Cadet and SRT Information Meeting #2
    • Dockweiler Youth Center
  • Wednesday, February 28th – Cadet Application Due
  • Saturday, March 10th (9-10am) – Cadet Tryout Swim

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 (9:30-11:30am), Monday-Thursday, from Mon 6/18/18 to Thurs 8/02/18 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 will be included, such as SUP, outrigger canoe, and distance paddleboards. Eligible applicants are RETURNING JGs, ages 15-17 (on 7/01/18) and must have successfully completed one summer of A’s.

Below are the pertinent dates for any interested JG:

  • Thursday, February 1 – SRT Applications Available on JG website
  • Thursday, February 8th (6-8pm) – Cadet and SRT Information Meeting #1
    • Dockweiler Youth Center 12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
  • Sunday, February 25th (3-5pm) – Cadet and SRT Information Meeting #2
    • Dockweiler Youth Center
  • Friday, March 9th – SRT Application Due
  • Monday, April 2 – SRT Selections Announced