Returning 2015 and 2016 Junior Lifeguards may register online. If you have any trouble please contact the cashiers office at the UCSB Rec Cen at 893-3738. If your child is not a returning 2015 / 2016 participant then you will need to attend one of the tryout dates. Registration forms will be available for sign-ups for any child who has passed the swim test.

Arrival time is between 8:00am and 8:30am. During this time participants will check-in and have a few minutes to socialize with friends. At 8:40am the Jr. Guards will separate into assigned groups and walk down to the beach for morning stretching and calisthenics (push-ups, sit-ups, jumping-jacks, etc.). At approximately 9:00am, the groups move onto their first round of activities. Following the activity the junior guards are given a short break time to drink water, eat a snack, reapply sunscreen, etc. After this, at about 10:30am – 11:00am the groups move onto their second round of activities that takes them to free time / lunch time which happens around noon.

Activities include swims, runs, paddles, or any combination of the three, rescue training, discussions about first aid / CPR, competition practice and beach games. The younger groups, the D’s and C’s, will have shorter swims, runs and paddles especially early in the summer as the junior guards become accustomed to the physical rigors of the camp. The older groups will have longer runs, swims, and paddles in addition to more rigorous lifeguard training to prepare them for becoming a lifeguard in the future should they chose that path. 

Junior Guards are allowed to move up a group, but we strongly encourage them not to step down a group. For example, a junior guard may move up from the C 11 group to the B 12 group, but a junior guard may not move from the C 11 group down to the C 10 group.

If your child is sick we ask that you keep him / her home for the day to allow time for rest and healing. If you child has an injury that will keep him / her from participating in some activities, please talk to their instructor or send a note along with the child to inform the instructor about the nature of the injury. For example, if you child has an ear infection, he / she will be excused from swimming and will do an alternate dry land activity instead.

Drop-off is at the grass lawn across from Lot 6 on the UCSB campus from 8:00am to 8:30am. Pick is in the same place from 12:30pm – 12:45pm unless otherwise noted on the JG Calendar.  Please check the Calendar and JG Journal weekly during the program for updates.

No. Participants are not required to attend any of the special days (such as Raging Waters or the end of the year banquet) or the competitions. However, junior guards and their families are strongly encouraged to attend any and all of these events possible, especially the local competitions and the banquet. Please note that on days of all local competitions, the program meets at the competition venue – no program held at Campus Point on those days.  Please refer to the JG Calendar for meet dates and locations.  We encourage parents & children to carpool to these events.

Everyday the junior guards should arrive to the beach in their uniform, which consists of a JG T-shirt and navy blue swim suit with NO pattern or design on the suit. In addition the junior guards should bring a bottle of water, lunch, sunscreen and a towel. It is also highly recommended that they bring a sweatshirt as the mornings can be cold. Wetsuits may also be brought as the water can be cold and wetsuits provide some junior guards with the encouragement to participate in water activities.

All junior guards are encouraged to participate in all the days’ activities. Only if an instructor has spoken with a parent or received a note from a parent will a junior guard be excused from an activity and provided with an alternate work-out.

Everyday after camp an instructor will walk the Day Camp children over to the Rec Cen pool using a predetermined route and confirm that the children have been checked-in with their correct groups.

Junior guards are allowed to bring their own equipment including boogie boards and surfboards. However, the security of the equipment is the responsibility of the child. Additionally, no personal equipment will be allowed in the storage bin over night.

Absolutely. The families of junior guards are encouraged to come down to the beach and observe the program and their child in action. Additionally, families are welcome down on the beach during any competition during the summer.

Help is always appreciated especially during the 'special days', such as competitions and awards days. If you would like to help please contact Ryan Collins (aka “Buzz”) at ryan.collins@essr.ucsb.edu