UCSB Jr Lifeguards will not operate for Summer 2020.
Please see our full COVID-19 statement here.

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UCSB Campus Point - Junior Lifeguards offers children ages 8-17 the opportunity to learn and train with professional lifeguards.

Jr Lifeguards is more than just a summer camp, participants will gain a wide variety of skills, knowledge and valuable experience which builds self-confidence and skills for life.

Program topics include oceanography, first aid, CPR, water rescue techniques, mutual cooperation, competition techniques, and lifesaving methods.

Our Instructors are a mix of local teachers and college students with many years of lifeguarding experience and Jr Lifeguard program participation. Program staff provide a fun and safe aquatic education to UCSB JG participants.

Registration Information

If your child participated in UCSB Jr Guards during Summer 2019 or Summer 2018 you may register at anytime via our online registration portal. All others must attend a tryout. Simply show up at the UCSB Recreation Center on tryout dates to participate in tryouts. Tryouts will be administered on a first-come first-served basis. See right hand column for dates.

Tryouts consists of:

  • Treading Water for 3 minutes
  • Swimming underwater for 10 yards
  • Swimming 100 yards under time limit

    (Ages 12 and up = 2:20, Ages 11 and under = 2:30)

Registration Form

Online Registration

Main-In Application*

*This form is for returning participants who do not wish to use online registration and for new participants to bring to tryouts. If you are a new participant, DO NOT mail in payment before attending a tryout.

2020 Session Dates

Rookie Days  |  June 17, 18 & 19

Session 1  |  June 22–July 17

Session 2  |  July 20–August 13

More information on Rookie Week

2020 Tryout Dates

All tryouts dates are tentative due to COVID-19.

Sunday April 26, 2–3:30pm

Sunday May 17, 12–1:30pm

Saturday June 7, 12–1:30pm

All tryouts will be held at the UCSB Rec Cen Pools. Please fill out the Tryout Application and bring to your tryout session.


Participants must attend a try-out before registering. Returning program participants from 2018 and/or 2019 do not have to try-out before registering.


Participant Tryouts

Please check back as these dates may change due to COVID-19 restrictions

Sunday April 26  |  2–3:30pm

Sunday May 17  |  12–1:30pm

Sunday June 7  |  12–1:30pm

All tryouts are held at the UCSB Rec Cen Pools. Please fill out the Tryout Application and bring to your tryout session.

Assistant Tryouts

Dates TBA 

This requires all applicants to be at the Rec Cen pool at 9am.

Assistant positions are open to past Jr Guard program participants only.

Instructor Tryouts

Dates TBA

Instructor try-outs are held at Goleta Beach. Priority hiring given to the April 7th try-out candidates.

Swim Tune-up Clinic

Need to brush up on swim skills before Summer? Join the Swim Tune-Up clinic!

Dates TBA

Afternoon Care

Jr Lifeguard participants may join the UCSB Summer Day Camp in the afternoon at a reduced rate of $65 per week. Please use the UCSB Jr Lifeguards mail-in application to register for these sessions. There is no online registration option for this discounted rate. Participation in the UCSB Surf & Kayak Camp is also an option but there is no discounted rate and registration is separate from Jr Guards.

Raging Waters Trip

Online registration is not available for this activity. Please visit the Rec Cen Customer Service Center to pay.


$395 per 4-week session

$650 for both sessions

Assistants and "added siblings" may apply for a 10% discount .

Assistants may receive substantial tuition reduction if selected.

Scholarship availability is pending.



Uniform purchases can be made at the afternoon participant try-outs (see right column for dates and times).

Refunds & Cancellations

Review our Refund/Transfer/Cancellation Policy & Fees here

Program Location

Campus Point, Goleta Beach & UCSB facilities

Some sessions will occur at the UCSB Rec Cen or competition sites. See calendar for specifics.


Email: rcollins@ucsb.edu
Phone: (805) 893-7616 ext. 3

Emergency Contact

Please contact main camp office first at (805) 893-3913. In cases of "emergency only" when other options are unavailable you may call the Rec Cen Lifeguard Office at (805) 893-7213. This line is not to be used for general questions regarding registration or camp information.