Junior Lifeguards

 

The Solana Beach Junior Lifeguard Program has a long history of serving our community by providing youth, ages 7-16, with an ocean safety program that combines athletics, ocean-related curriculum, and fun. 

Too young for our programs? Check out the Summer Day Camps!


2022 Summer Programs

SBJG is constantly addressing and adapting to the County of San Diego and State of California Public Health Orders and Mandates. This years programs will be modified slightly due to constraints on size and enrollment. Our main priority this summer will be offering a program that is safe for our community, participants, staff, and parents.

We will only be offering four, two-week sessions of the Junior Lifeguard and Grom Programs. Both AM (morning) and PM (afternoon) sessions will be offered individually. The Junior Lifeguard Surf Class and Elite Program will not be offered in 2022. In addition, annual the Photo Day, Competition Day, Cookie Day, and end of year banquets will be cancelled for the 2022 programs. We hope to bring these sessions and activities back for 2023.

Our programs are options based on age, ability, and commitment. Please view the 2022 Program Information & Requirements page before registering for any of these programs.

A limited number of scholarships are available to program participants.

 

 

Session Information

Grom Program

The Grom program serves all participants ages 7-8. This is an introductory program with a focus on beach and ocean safety, ocean swimming techniques, basic lifeguard rescue and first aid, team building activities, wave riding, and physical fitness. 

Sessions Date >Times Cost
Grom 1AM June 13 – June 24 8:00am – 11:30am $325
Grom 1PM June 13 – June 24 12:00pm – 3:30pm $325
Grom 2 AM

(no meeting on 7/4)

8:00am – 11:30am $325
Grom 2 PM June 27 – July 8(no meeting on 7/4) 12:00pm – 3:30pm $325
8:00am – 11:30am $325
Grom 3 PM July 11 – July 22 12:00pm – 3:30pm $325
Grom 4 AM July 25 – Aug 5 8:00am – 11:30am $325
Grom 4 PM July 25 – Aug 5 12:00pm – 3:30pm $325
Junior Lifeguard Program

The Junior Lifeguard program serves participants ages 9-16. No experience necessary.  We offer a two-week program that serves as an introductory level program, and a four-week program that goes more in depth in all areas.  

The four-week curriculum focuses on beach and ocean safety, advanced ocean swimming techniques, beach-related first aid and CPR, team building activities, wave riding, lifeguard equipment and rescue techniques, competition, free diving, study of the marine environment, and physical fitness. 

Each session will meet Monday-Friday, either from 8:00 AM-11:30 AM (morning) or 12:00 Noon to 3:30 PM (afternoon). The only exception is Session 2, which not meet on Monday, July 4th because of the 4th of July Holiday. This will be the only session with nine meeting dates instead of ten.

We believe that a four-week curriculum is appropriate for the Junior Lifeguards to maximize the impact of their experience with us. Some may choose the two-week version as an introduction or due to summer conflicts.  See the schedule below:

Sessions Date Times Cost
JG 1AM June 13 – June 24 8:00am – 11:30am $325
JG 1PM June 13 – June 24 12:00pm – 3:30pm $325
JG 2 AM June 27 – July 8(no meeting on 7/4) 8:00am – 11:30am $325
JG 2 PM June 27 – July 8(no meeting on 7/4) 12:00pm – 3:30pm $325
JG 3 AM July 11 – July 22 8:00am – 11:30am $325
JG 3 PM July 11 – July 22 12:00pm – 3:30pm $325
JG 4 AM 8:00am – 11:30am $325
JG 4 PM July 25 – Aug 5 12:00pm – 3:30pm $325
Elite Program (No sessions in 2022)

Unfortunately, due to the amount of in-person instruction and close quarters this program’s curriculum involves, we have chosen to cancel the Elite program for 2022. We hope to be back for 2023.

The Elite Junior Lifeguard program serves the most committed participants ages 14-16. This five-week course serves as a true training ground for serious athletes, future lifeguards, and those who have participated in the past and are ready for more of a challenge.  

In addition to all curriculum taught in the Junior Lifeguard groups, the Elite group will become certified in CPR and AED, spend time lifeguarding from a tower and interact with the public in real lifeguard situations, train longer distances on land and in the water, work with advanced rescue equipment (IRB, PWC) and visit other local agencies. 

Surf Class (No sessions in 2022)

Unfortunately, due to the amount of in-person instruction and close quarters this program’s curriculum involves, we have chosen to cancel the Surf Class program for 2022. We hope to be back for 2023.

The JG Surf Class is a 2-hour, surfing specific, instructional program to fit alongside our existing programs. This program is for existing Junior Lifeguards who are looking for a program with emphasis on just more water time and surfing and serves all skill levels of surfers aged 9-16. This is an add-on for Junior Lifeguard participants, and you must be enrolled in at least one JG Program during the season to be eligible for Surf Class.

Each session will be two-weeks long (Monday-Friday) from 9:45 AM to 11:45 AM, with the ability for participants in the JG Surf Class to jump right into the afternoon session of Junior Lifeguards starting at 12:00 PM.

Participants in the JG Surf Class will receive training on all aspects of surfing from board selection, techniques, history, culture, ocean proofing, and surf-rescue. Other topics will include local breaks, conditioning, contest surfing strategies, and fun!

Surfboards will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their personal boards if they would like to practice on their own board.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT WITH SBJGs!