Schedules and Updates

Parents and Junior Lifeguards,

Thank you for your patience during the planning of the 2021 Junior Lifeguard program.  We are pleased to announce that we will begin registration on April 28, 2021 at 6AM for residents and non-residents.  

The program will be following the most current County of San Diego COVID-19 guidelines.  These guidelines are designed to help ensure safety and to minimize exposures to participants and staff and will be provided to participants before the start of the session.  COVID-19 prescreening before attending camp is strongly encouraged.  This years’ registration will be taken by age groups to ensure appropriate level and cohort groups.

The Marine Safety Division values the Junior Lifeguard program and all the participants as it is our primary means of providing ocean and beach safety education, drowning prevention, and basic first aid skills to many of our local children.

Click here for Summer 2021 Junior Lifeguard Program session dates and information.  You may access the registration site by clicking here.  Please make sure your email and other contact information is updated at time of registration to receive updates.

Note: Junior Lifeguard Program Online Registration Begins APRIL 28, 6AM

Program Information   

The City of Encinitas Junior Lifeguard program is designed for boys and girls ages 9-17 to enhance their ocean skills with two-week sessions offered throughout the summer. By combining education with recreation, participants learn about the ocean environment, gain professional lifesaving skills, and enjoy swimming, bodyboarding, bodysurfing, snorkeling and skills competitions. The goal of the program is to educate young people in ocean and beach safety while building self-confidence and appreciation for the ocean environment. 

Swim Tests

Required for all new participants.  Returning Encinitas Junior Lifeguard participants do not need to retake the swim test. Pool access and availability is extremely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Swim tests will take place on June 5th from 8am – 12pm - Alllied Gardens Pool (6707 Glenroy St., San Diego, CA 92120) .  Parents: please register for one spot per participant only and show up at the appropriate time on test day.  Register for a scheduled swim test visit No re-test times/dates are available at this time.

Swim Test Requirements:

Underwater Swim     5 Yards                       Ages :ALL

Tread Water               3:00 Minutes             Ages: ALL

100 Yard Swim           2:45 Minutes             Ages: 9-10

100 Yard Swim           2:35 Minutes             Ages 11-12

100 Yard Swim           2:25 Minutes             Ages 13-17

Junior Lifeguard Aides - June 21 - August 13 

If you are interested in becoming a Junior Lifeguard Aide for the summer you must be between the ages of 15-17 and have had at least one-year experience in the junior lifeguards program.  Please send an email to the Junior Lifeguard Coordinator at [email protected] with your name and contact information and desired session date(s). Please also include in your email if you prefer morning session or afternoon session or both sessions.  

On the first day of your session, you will meet with the assigned Junior Lifeguard Instructor at 8:00am.  You will be required to pass a Run-Swim-Run test that consists of a quarter mile run, 500-yard swim, and another quarter mile run.

Fee: $10 Resident, $20 Non-Resident           
Course: 11908

Drop Off/Pick Up

Drop off and pick up take place in the Moonlight Beach Parking Lot.  Please do not block traffic, illegally park, or block emergency access while dropping off your child.  


Junior Lifeguard Program Guide

2021 Junior Lifeguard Program Guide


All participants will receive a red JG shirt on the first day of the session. Boys are required to wear navy-blue swim trunks and girls are required to wear a navy-blue swimsuit. Required uniforms may be purchased at the swim test location, or on the first day of the session. All attire must be athletic in nature and not revealing.

Click here to find out about how to order official Original Waterman brand Encinitas Junior Lifeguard uniforms and apparel.