A: Every junior guard will have the opportunity to swim around the pier, but NO junior guard is ever commanded to complete a pier swim if there are valid reasons against it. Each junior guard who completes a pier swim is rewarded with an “I swam the pier” sticker. Completing a pier swim is an important accomplishment any junior guard should feel proud of.
A: Uniform articles are available during the time of registration at Junior Guard Headquarters. Additional uniform articles may be purchased from our receptionist at Junior Guard Headquarters beginning the second week of our program during normal business hours.
A: The colored beanies serve as a safety measure. The beanies make junior guards highly visible in the water. The bright colors are easy to see from lifeguard towers and make it possible to distinguish junior guards from the general public.
A: The different colors make it possible to quickly determine the age and ability level of junior guards from a distance. All C’s wear YELLOW beanies. All B’s wear RED beanies. A’s wear GREEN beanies. Safety Aides wear PINK beanies. Captains wear WHITE beanies.
A: Program Requirements:
HOW TO ENROLL (New Junior Lifeguards): Once you have successfully completed all tryout requirements, registration for the new junior lifeguards will open on May 5. You will receive registration instructions once you successfully complete tryouts. Registration instructions will also be located on our website at www.juniorguard.com
HOW TO ENROLL (Returning Junior Lifeguards): Returning junior lifeguards will receive an email with instructions for registration procedures. Please contact us if you are a returning junior lifeguard and you have not received an email or if you have any questions or difficulties with enrollment. Registration for returners will open on March 1st and close on April 30th.
A: The rank a junior lifeguard receives will be determined by the total amount of points earned throughout the summer. Performance points are awarded upon a ten point grade scale for each individual requirement. There are a total of ten requirements. A junior lifeguard will receive points only for his/her best performance in a particular event. Captains and Safety Aides have a separate point scale that can be found under “Resources”, “A Group”.
A: One of the strengths of the Huntington Beach junior lifeguard program is its attention to discipline and structure. As such, all junior guards are required to address any instructor respectfully and answer any questions with the response of “Yes, sir” or “No, sir.”
A: No. The Safety Aide program is restricted to ages 14-17.
A: Junior guards are not given priority when hiring lifeguards for the City of Huntington Beach; however, training as a junior guard can give one a distinct advantage over other candidates because our program mirrors the lifeguard department in many respects.
A: Junior guards learn ocean and beach safety, lifesaving techniques, procedures for bodysurfing, body boarding, board surfing, development of swimming skills, competition with other Jr. Lifeguard Programs, volleyball, and miscellaneous beach games, activities, field trips, and ecology. The Huntington Beach program also participates in international exchanges with programs from New Zealand, Australia, Germany, and Wales.