Update for the 2020 Encinitas City Junior Lifeguard Program and Beach Programs

To help protect the health and safety of the public, staff and Junior Lifeguard participants, the City of Encinitas is regretfully cancelling the July and August sessions of the 2020 Junior Lifeguard Program.  Requirements by the County of San Diego Health Order to conduct camps follow a four-pillar approach that includes screening, sanitation, face covering and social distancing.

Due to the difficulty to implement the four pillars combined with no City pool or access to surrounding contracted pools for required swim try-outs, the City is cancelling the entire Junior Lifeguard Summer 2020 program. This is consistent with actions by most other San Diego County, Orange County and Southern California agencies concerning their Junior Lifeguard programs. The City of Encinitas looks forward to offering the Junior Lifeguard program next summer 2021.

Those families who have already registered their children for the program will receive a full refund within the next several weeks. We understand the impact that this decision will have on our Junior Lifeguard families, and our hope is that all of the families will understand that this decision is being made out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of the many students who spend their summers at the Encinitas beaches.

-The City of Encinitas Marine Safety Division and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department

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. 

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.  

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.  

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, 

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.  

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: http://encinitasjg.com/uniforms.php

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