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Junior Lifeguards

Junior Lifeguard programs were developed to provide beach and water safety training for boys and girls. The programs provide a sound aquatic background while acquainting participants with the hazards of the marine environment. Programs provide education and experience in ocean safety, first aid, rescue techniques, beach activities, physical fitness, and marine safety operations, while exposing participants to an environment that emphasizes courtesy, respect, discipline and good sportsmanship.

Programs are designed for children ages 9 to 17. Programs will vary in length and content but participants must meet the minimum requirements of the agency's program they wish to participate in. Although programs vary, participants are usually placed into one of four age divisions.:

    U19  16 - 17 years old
    A    14 - 15 years old
    B    12 - 13 years old
    C    9 - 11 years old

Every year in California a member agency hosts the Regional Championships. The location ideally moves throughout different beaches in California. The Regional Championships are open to all California Junior Lifeguards who are members of the USLA. Contact your program Coordinator for membership!

Please click here for the 2024 CSLSA JG Lifesaving Sport Guidelines

Junior Guard Annual Contest: More info soon!!    



Junior Lifeguards of the Year
Each year, nominations are received from CSLSA's JG agencies for outstanding guards of the year. CSLSA donates $200 towards scholarships for the winners. The winners are also highlighted in the Feature section of our JG magazine

CLICK HERE to view past Junior Lifeguard of the Year winners.

CLICK HERE for the JG of the Year Application Form