Tel: 714-374-1501


P.O. Box 190
Huntington Beach, California 92648



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 1,100 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 9 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 May with registration in June


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: Matt Elser, Dave Wagner
(714) 375-8484: B Group Leaders: Laura Ferretti, Henry Reyes
(714) 960-8860: C Group Leaders: Matt Henry, Peter Eich
(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, body boarding, 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 27 through August 18, 2016.
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, 2016).  Applicants must possess a basic swimming ability to be able to pass the following prerequisite exams:
•    Swim 100 yards in 1 minute and 50 seconds or below (Ages 9-13).
•    9-11-year-olds are eligible for the program if they make the time requirement of 1:51-2:00, but they will be enrolled in the P.M. session only, regardless of siblings.
•    Swim 100 yards in 1 minute and 45 seconds or below for ages 14-17.
•    Tread water for five minutes
•    Swim underwater for approximately 10 yards

TRYOUTS:    Cabana Club, 8141 Atlanta Ave., Huntington Beach, 92646 (New Location)

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:30 PM to 8:30 P.M.
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM **
** The June 4th 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, registration for the new junior lifeguards will open on May 5, 2016. You will receive registration instructions once you successfully complete tryouts. Registration instructions will also be located on our website at

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 a letter or if you have any questions or difficulties with enrollment. Registration for returners will open in March 1st and close on April 30th.

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, June 4 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Sunday, June 5 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, June 7 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 11 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Sunday, June 12 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, June 21 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Proof of age (birth certificate) must be presented at registration


ENROLLMENT FEE:  $605 for Huntington Beach residents and $630 for non-residents. This fee includes the following items: swim trunks, 2 T-shirts, a sweatshirt, a hat, a backpack, patches, an 8-week program parking pass, and the cost of all field trips and events.

Parking passes will be issued for the parking area in Lot 2 (Lot 2: is from 1st Street to Beach Blvd.) Parking passes will only be valid during regular Junior Lifeguard hours, from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. The Junior Lifeguard parking pass will not be valid for parking in the downtown parking structure, parking meters, Pier Plaza and 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 sleeve 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 division in the morning session near capacity registration; a lottery of names will be conducted for all available spots. Those successfully completing the swims and wishing to be in the morning session lottery should fill out the card on the morning of tryouts (see tryout times and dates). Priority for AM session will be given to siblings of returning Jr. Guard families. A listing of priority registration will be posted outside Junior Guard Headquarters on Friday, June 3rd.

Jr. Guard Headquarters is located ¼ mile south of the pier behind Tower 5