CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH JUNIOR LIFEGUARD PROGRAM
Temporary Junior Lifeguard Program Registration Suspension
The City of Huntington Beach is continuing to monitor the current situation in regard to the spread of COVID-19 in our community and has taken several steps to prevent community spread and assist with social distancing measures outlined in Governor Newsoms Stay at Home Order.
As of today, the City of Huntington Beach has closed the pier, all beach parking lots as well as active recreational amenities throughout the city.
The Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard Program has a long history of placing a top priority on the safety of the children who are enrolled and in order to continue with this tradition, the Huntington Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division has made the decision to temporarily suspend any further registrations in the program.
The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and the future impacts on city services are still unknown at this time. As more information becomes available and the scope of the impacts from COVID-19 becomes clearer, additional updates on the status of the program will be given. At this time, the program is not being canceled.
Those parents who have already registered their children will remain on the list
Returning students will still get priority registration as soon as the registration suspension is lifted and closing dates will be adjusted accordingly
All new Junior Lifeguards and Sand Crabs will have to try out and meet prescribed requirements
At this time all tryouts have been suspended
In the event that the program is canceled, more information will be released in regard to tuition refunds from those families that have already registered their children in the program.
On Tuesday evenings, program status updates will be posted on the Junior Lifeguard website.
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: www.HBready.com
About the Program
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: www.juniorguard.com, 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 email@example.com. 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
2020 JUNIOR LIFEGUARD PROGRAM
FOR BOYS AND GIRLS 9 – 17 YEARS OF AGE
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
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.
HOW TO ENROLL
(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
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 hbsands.org 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.
JUNIOR LIFEGUARD SAND CRABS PROGRAM:
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 www.hbsands.org. 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.