Important Updates 

Updated 5/29/2020

Junior Lifeguard 2020 Program Cancelled

 Check back for more information to come on our JG Summer E-Series!

Junior Lifeguard Families, 
 I wanted to reach out to everyone to follow-up on the discussions we’ve been having regarding the status of the Junior Lifeguard Program for 2020, in light of the current COVID19 pandemic. I had the opportunity to speak with the Friends of the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards leadership team yesterday and I have been so incredibly impressed by your dedication, passion and true love for our program. In particular, I have come to truly appreciate the culture and history of the Junior Lifeguard program, and I appreciate all of your support and guidance as we’ve struggled with how to handle the program for this summer.    After many hours of thoughtful and engaging deliberation, the City has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 City Junior Lifeguard program. Those families who have already registered their children for the program will receive a full refund within the next several weeks. 
 We fully understand that the Junior Lifeguard program has become an integral part of many families’ lives during the summer months. We are sympathetic that this decision will be the most difficult for the many students who were looking forward to their time in the program, and to developing relationships with their peers and instructors.  Given that factor, we have been working to develop alternate plans to try and provide some connection this summer to the Junior Lifeguard program.  
 To that end, while there can be no replacement for the actual experience of participating in the program, we are pleased to announce that all returning Junior Lifeguard participants will have the ability to participate in an online video based program that will be taught by our instructor staff.  
 This online experience will cover many topics, including: 
• Beach safety • First aid • Workout routines 
 As the Junior Lifeguard program works to finalize the new online experience and strives to find exciting and innovative experiences for the students during the summer of 2020, updates will be sent to all families and information will be posted on the website.   

We understand the impact that this decision will have on our Junior Lifeguard families and our hope is that all of the Junior Lifeguard families understand that this decision is being made out of an abundance of caution for the safety and wellbeing of the many students who call Junior Lifeguards home during each summer.  
 As a City team, we look forward to continuing the Huntington Beach City Junior Lifeguard program in the summer of 2021. If you should have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to call the program coordinators at (714) 374-1501. 

Scott M. Haberle        

Fire Chief 

For more information on the COVID-19 virus, current events that have been canceled over the next thirty days in Huntington Beach and a copy of the 3 phase response plan, please visit:

About the Program 

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The Junior Lifeguard program was established in 1964 to educate children to recognize potential hazardous conditions associated with an ever-changing aquatic environment. Emphasis is placed on safety, respect, physical fitness, instruction, and discipline. Students are schooled in the oceanic environment, First Aides, C.P.R., mutual cooperation, competition techniques, and lifesaving methods.

The initial class of 24 junior guard students has blossomed to an impressive average of 1,200 students per year. The Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards is world-renowned, having had students from other countries such as Germany, France, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico; and other states such as Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Utah, and Florida. The program has been involved with 11 international educational exchanges with New Zealand, Australia, and Germany.

The programs is 8-weeks long starting in the last week of June and ending in mid- August. Qualified students are divided into three groups based on their age. These groups are A’s 14–17, white, pink or green caps, B’s 12–13, red caps, and C’s 9–11, yellow caps. Each of these groups are then regrouped based on ability, experience in the ocean and, in the case of the A’s, desired preference. Surf caps are assigned by color for easy identification when in the water.

The Captains Corp. and Safety Aides developed over time to become unique groups within the program. Captains Corp. (white caps) was developed for Junior Guards who have the drive to become Ocean Lifeguards or who wish to challenge themselves both physically and mentally. The Safety Aides (pink caps) assist the younger students in water activities. Acting as an extension of the instructors, the Safety Aides provide additional flotation and safety. This group has been recognized by other Junior Lifeguard agencies for their importance in maintaining the safety of their fellow Jr. Guards and has been utilized in regional and national championships.


To become a member, students must meet the following physical requirements:
• Be between 9 and 17 years old
• Students must be age 9 prior to July 1st of that year
• Swim 100 yards in 1:50 minutes or faster for age 9 – 13 years.  Swim 1:45 minutes or faster for age 14 – 17 years.
• Swim underwater 10 yards without coming up for a breath
• Treading water for 5 minutes
Tryouts are held in April and May with registration in June

For more information refer to the General information below. 


Parent Communication: We will continue to send paper fliers home for certain events and activities, however, the bulk of our communication will be via email and attachments to the email. For every upcoming event, the information will be available at our website:, in addition, you will receive an update with specific times and directions via email. If there is ever a conflict between the calendar and the email/paper flier, the email/paper flier will take precedence, as occasionally there may be last-minute changes.
Questions you have can be answered by replying to our email or by emailing us directly at However, as we will have several different instructors answering your emails, if you could state the age level of your junior guard in the subject line, that will help us direct your email to the appropriate group leader. For example, the subject line should read:
Subject: “A Group” – for any questions regarding 14-17 year junior guards, including anything related to Captains or Safety Aides.
Subject: “B Group” – for any questions regarding 12-13 year junior guards.
Subject: “C Group” – for any questions regarding 9 – 11-year junior guards.

Regarding phone calls, the different phone lines and numbers are as follows:
(714) 375-5176: A Group Leaders including Safety Aides and Captains: Samantha Dieterman, Dave Wagner
(714) 375-8484: B Group Leaders: Logan Miller, Jenn Shulman
(714) 960-8860: C Group Leaders: Matt Henry, Ryan Camps 
(714) 374-8492: Program Coordinator: Mike Eich
(714) 375-5079: Assistant Coordinator: Greg Luttrell
(714) 375-5075: Assistant Coordinator: Kyle Morita
(714) 374-1501: General Phone Line


PURPOSE OF PROGRAM: To acquaint the youth of our community with the experience of ocean swimming and its hazards, while exposing them to an environment that will teach them courtesy, respect, discipline, sound morals, and good sportsmanship.

PROGRAM CONTENT: Ocean and beach safety, lifesaving techniques, procedures for bodysurfing, bodyboarding, board surfing, development of swimming skills, competition with other Jr. Lifeguard programs, volleyball, and miscellaneous beach games, activities, field trips, and ecology.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:    Monday through Friday, June 22 through August 13, 2020.
Morning Session     8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Afternoon Session   1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

REQUIREMENTS:    Open to boys and girls ages 9 through 17 (as of July 1, 2020).  Applicants must possess a basic swimming ability to be able to pass the following prerequisite exams:


A= 14-17 years old

B= 12-13 years old

C= 9-11 years old

"A" Division

  • Swim 100 yards in 1:45 or less

  • Tread water for five minutes 

  • Swim underwater for 10 yards 

"C" & "B" Division 

  • Swim 100 yards in 1:50 or less 

  • Tread water for 5 minutes 

  • Swim underwater for 10 yards 


TRYOUTS:    Cabana Club, 8141 Atlanta Ave., Huntington Beach, 92646 

Saturday, April 4th, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Saturday, April 25th, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon 

Wednesday, May 6th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

Sunday, May 17th, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Wednesday, June 3rd, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM**

** The June 3rd tryout is for the PM session only for the “C” and “B” divisions. “A” division applicants are eligible for the AM or PM session for this date.



 (NEW JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS): Once you have successfully completed all tryout requirements, you will receive registration instructions.  Registration instructions will also be located on our website at

(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 a letter or if you have any questions or difficulties with enrollment. Registration for returners will open on March 1st and close on April 4th.

UNIFORM PICKUP DATES:  Uniform items will be available for pick up on the dates listed below.  New Junior Guards MUST successfully complete tryouts prior to registration online and picking up uniforms.  Uniform distribution will be conducted at Junior Guard Headquarters.

Saturday, May 30th, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Sunday, May 31st, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Tuesday, June 2nd, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 6th, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Sunday, June 7th, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon 

Tuesday, June 16th, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Proof of age (birth certificate) must be presented at registration for new Junior Lifeguards only.



City of Huntington Beach Residents: $605  

Non-residents: $630  

This fee includes:

  •     Swim trunks, two T-shirts, sweatshirt, hat, backpack, and patches

  •    All field trips and events

  •     Parking Pass- Valid only:

    • During the eight-week program

    • In Parking Lot 2 which is from 1st Street to Beach Boulevard

    • During regular Junior Guard hours, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    • This parking pass is not valid in the downtown parking structures, parking meters, Pier Plaza, or any other city lots.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Pay online at once registration opens or at the City of Huntington Beach Lifeguard Headquarters. (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).

UNIFORMS:  Included in the program fees: swim trunks, 2 T-shirts, sweatshirt, hat, backpack, and patches.
Additional uniform pieces: Girls’ one-piece suits are $45, two-piece suits are $50; boys speedos are $18 and jammers at $25.
Students wishing to wear rashguards must wear a Junior Guard rashguard for identification purposes. Rashguards are $20 for short sleeves or $25 for long sleeve. Swimsuits and rashguards are available at the weekend registration dates.

Additional uniforms may be purchased at Junior Guard Headquarters throughout the season. All Junior Guards will wear their uniforms each day.

NOTE:  Maximum registration will be 1200 participants.


Should any AM session near registration capacity, a lottery of names will be conducted for all available spots.  

  • Those who successfully complete the swim tryouts and wish to be in the AM session lottery should fill out the Lottery Card on the morning of tryouts - 

  • Priority for AM session will be given to siblings of returning Jr. Guard families.

  • A listing of priority registration will be posted outside the Junior Guard Headquarters on Friday, May 29th after 5:00 P.M.


Open to boys and girls ages 6 through 8.  Cost - $150

Sand Crab registration will begin in March and will be through the City's website at  The program is open to guards age 6-8 and will cost $150.  There will be a swimming requirement that must be passed.  Additional information will be available on our website.


Tel: 714-374-1501


P.O. Box 190
Huntington Beach, California 92648