Schedules and Updates

Parents and Junior Lifeguards,

Thank you for your patience during the planning of the 2022 Junior Lifeguard program.  We are pleased to announce registration is now open 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.  

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.

Summer 2023 Junior Lifeguard Program session dates: 

Session 1 - TBD
Session 2 - TBD
Session 3 - TBD
Session 4 - TBD

All sessions have an AM (9:00-12:00) session and a PM (1:00-4:00) session. Participant fees are $335 for residents and $345 for non-residents. 

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.

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 Encinitas Junior Lifeguard participants.  Returning Encinitas Junior Lifeguard participants do not need to retake the swim test. Pool access and availability is limited due to COVID-19 staffing so we are requiring a non-refundable and non-transferable $10.00 registration fee for all swim tests.

Swim Test Dates: 


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 20th - August 12th 

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 8:15am or 12:15PM.  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.

Fins are required. Please wear a navy blue swim suit athletic in nature or navy blue boardshorts. You will be issued a navy blue aide shirt on your first day. 

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

2022 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. All particpants in the A-Group (13-17) are required to have surf fins. 

Original Watermen is the preferred uniform supplier for the Encinitas Junior Lifeguards.  We have negotiated wholesale pricing if you follow the instructions below:

1.    Log on to

2.   Click “Lifeguard Agency Log In” on top right of website, then “Create Account” then input your personal information and password.

3.    Under Lifeguard Association special password:  ejl2022 (cap sensitive)

4.    Click Register

5.  Click the RED box at the top of the screen that says “Click here to shop Encinitas JR Lifeguards Catalog”