Junior Lifeguards

Junior Lifeguards is a physical program. Participants are expected to participate in all aspects of the program, to the best of their ability, including but not limited to, physical training, swimming, and other activities as directed by Instructors. Your child's safety is of the utmost concern, therefore your child will not be asked to perform activities that he/she is not physically ready to perform. All Junior Lifeguard instructors and aides are USLA Certified Ocean Lifeguards.

Program Testing
All participants must pass a swim test prior to participation. The Beach Program test includes 100-yard non-stop swim under 3 minutes, treading water for 5 minutes, and a 30-feet underwater swim. The Pool Program Test is a 75-yard non-stop swim with no time limit. Returning participants must meet the swim time standard and may attend the tryout or fill-out a "Try-Out Waiver."

Required Uniform
  • MBJG shirts and shorts will be issued on 1st day and must be worn everyday.
  • Swimsuits: Participants must wear uniform trunks and black one-piece swimsuits. Girls, no bikinis allowed. Sweats may also be worn.
  • Wetsuits: Strongly recommended, but not required.
  • Booties: Participants without wetsuit may not be able to safely participate in all program activities.
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Additional Daily Items
Participants need to bring a towel, warm clothing, foot protection, swim fins, sunscreen, hat, lunch, and a snack. Surfboards are optional and must have safety fins and leashes. Participants need to supply their own transportation to and from activities and field trips. Staff can not transport participants. Parents are welcome to attend daily activities and are encouraged to accompany the program on field trips.

Pool Program
This 1-week program is recommended for all first time Junior Lifeguards. This is an introductory program that will help build awareness of an ocean environment while building confidence and endurance needed for the Beach Program. The Pool Program is tailored for the youth that has completed swim lessons and wants to develop more advanced swimming skills and preparatory ocean skills. This program will take place at Hardie Pool, Hardie Park, and Cayucos Beach. We strongly recommend participating in the Pool Program prior to participating in the Beach Program for the first time.

Beach Program
The Beach Program is designed to increase the participant's appreciation and understanding of the recreational opportunities and hazards associated with the ocean environment. Participants will receive education and hands-on experience in ocean safety, environmental awareness, first aid, rescue techniques, surfing and paddle boarding, beach activities, physical fitness, and marine safety operations. An end of the season party is also included.

More Program & Parent Information
For the additional information please visit our Morro Bay Sports website.