2019 Junior Lifeguard Program


Junior Lifeguards is Completely full for 2019 summer.  There is no wait-list.  Contact the coordinator with further questions.



The Program

The Oceanside Junior Lifeguard Program offers individuals ages 9-17 the opportunity to learn beach safety and ocean lifesaving skills from experienced Oceanside Beach Lifeguards. Junior Lifeguard daily activities include education in beach and ocean safety, running and swimming activities, beach games, surfing, competitions, and  field trips. Junior Lifeguards will also have the opportunity to learn about tower guarding, rescue techniques, boat rescues, marine biology, oceanography, first aid, and CPR.



Location and Schedule

Junior Guards meet at the Oceanside Harbor Beach, behind lifeguard tower 14, across from the boat launch ramp.

  • M/W/F (Sessions 1 & 3) meet 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • T/Th (Sessions 2 & 4) meet 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  (2 extra days added for equal hours)


 2019 Session Dates:

  • Session 1 - June 17 - July 12
  • Session 2 - June 18 - July 11  ( 2 additional days on a Mon or Wed for equal hours )
  • Session 3 - July 15 - August 9
  • Session 4 - July 16 - August 8  ( 2 additional days on a Mon or Wed for equal hours )


Swim Test

All first-time participants must complete a swim test.

*Please register for the program before taking a swim test. A swim test does not give you priority registration or allow you to register once registration is full.

Former participants who have passed a swim test, do not need to take the test again.

The swim test is as follows: 100 yard swim under time, 5 minutes treading water, underwater swim (approximately 15ft to simulate going under a wave)

  • Ages 9-11:   100 yard swim in less than 3:00 mins. 
  • Ages 12-13: 100 yard swim in less than 2:30 mins.
  • Ages 14-17: 100 yard swim in less than 2:00 mins.

2019 Swim Test Dates:  (all are Saturdays - 8:00 AM)

  • May 25
  • June 1
  • June 8
  • June 22
  • June 29


Please show up to any of the above dates (no sign-up required) prior to the start of your registered JG session.  It is recommended to attend an earlier one, as you are permitted to retry anytime prior to the start of your JG session.


New this year is a Swim Test Prep Class!  The class is being offered through Parks & Recreation to help new participants be successful.  See the flyer below for more info. or use this link for signup.  


Swim tests will start promptly at 8:00 am each Saturday. Tests are usually completed within 60-90 minutes depending on the number of participants. Swim tests are held at:


Brooks Street Swim Center


130 Brooks Street
Oceanside, CA 92054


Oceanside Junior Lifeguards must wear the Junior Lifeguard uniform every day during all activities and on field trips.  This includes the Royal Blue swim suit, white t-shirt, and colored rash guard.

Female swimsuits will be available for purchase at all swim test dates and the first day of each session (not included in uniform order form). Sold through a vendor, can be purchased at a location of your choice.

A T-shirt, hat, and rash guard are included in the registration fee.

  • Additional T-shirt $10 (optional)
  • Trunks $20 (optional for female participants)
  • Sweatshirt (blue/ white) $25 (optional but recommended)


Registration will open on April 1st. 

Cost is $330 per session/child

$20 discount will apply for additional family members in the same session or one child in multiple sessions. 

Please call (760) 435-4021 for more information.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for Oceanside residents ONLY. Scholarships are limited and are obtained through the Fire Dept. Lifeguard Division.  Only 1 Scholarship per family.  Please download the application below to apply.

Assistant Application 

For information on Assistant positions please see the flyers at the bottom of this page.

How to Enroll 

  • A registration link will be posted that will allow you to register for the upcoming summer sessions.  (Will appear on April 1st)
  • Payment in full is required to hold your child’s spot in a desired session. Registration will be filled on a “First Paid, First Registered” basis with NO waiting lists.
  • All fees are refundable prior to the start of the session except for a $50 processing fee. For more info about refunds please call (760) 435-4021.
  • New participants MUST complete a swim test on one of the scheduled dates prior to the start of the session. There will be no 1st day swim tests.
  • Uniforms will be handed out  prior to start of the session on a determined uniform day and on the 1st day of each session. 
  • An invoice will be e-mailed out upon processing of your registration. The invoice is from our 3rd party registration site and not the City of Oceanside.


For More Information

For more information and registration materials, please call the Oceanside Junior Lifeguard Coordinator (760) 435-4021 to leave a message, or email us at JGStaff@oceansideca.org.

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