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. 


Registration for Summer 2020 will begin on Monday, February 24.  All registration is handled through the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.  Please click here to registerSwim tests are required for ALL first time Encinitas participants.

Session Details

Morning sessions run from 9:00am - 12:00pm; Afternoon sessions run from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Competition Day is the second Thursday of each session.

Session 1: June 22 - July 3 

Session 2: July 6 - July 17

Session 3: July 20 - July 31

Session 4: August 3 - August 14

Fee: $240- Resident  $250 - Non Resident

Competition Day

Competition day is a great opportunity for participants in both the morning and afternoon sessions to compete against each other.  The in-house competitions are held at Moonlight Beach on the second Thursday of each session.  The schedule for both sessions is 9:00am to 1:30pm.  The competition days are as follows:

July 2 

July 16

July 30

August 13

Swim Tests

All first time Encinitas Junior Lifeguard participants are required to take and pass a swim test administered by the Marine Safety Division.  The swim test cannot be waived and referrals from swim coaches or other programs will not be accepted.  Swim tests are held at the Pardee Aquatics Center located at the Solana Beach Boys and Girls Club at 533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075.

All swim tests will only be offered during the spring.  Adequately preparing for the swim test is highly encouraged.  Most fails occur on the 100 yard swim.  Retest can only be taken on offered dates, March 28, April 18 and May 9.  Participants can only test 2 times per day.  If your child does not pass the swim test, you will be offered a refund.


Swim Test Dates and Times: 

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March 28:  4-5pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm, 7-8pm

April 18:   4-5pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm, 7-8pm

May 9:   4-5pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm, 7-8pm


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 Aide

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.  

You will also need to register online.  Click here to register.

On the first day of your session you will meet with the assigned Junior Lifegaurd 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.

Aide Requirement

Aides will be required to bring their own set of fins. Please label the fins with your initials before the first day. Recommended fins are Duck Feet, Viper, and DaFin. Our uniform vendor will sell pairs of DaFin at a discounted rate on their website or on the first day of each JG session.  To order them online, please follow the directions on our website:

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 Parent Handbook