Schedules and Updates

To all returning parents and Junior Lifeguards,

Currently the City is finalizing details of the Junior Lifeguard Program and is not taking registration at this time. More information will be available on this webpage as it becomes available.  To subscribe to alerts, please visit enter your email and select Junior Lifeguard Program Updates.

Rebounding from the 2020 COVID-19 youth program cancellations throughout California, we are looking forward to seeing positive changes in 2021 as camps are allowed to reopen with conditions per San Diego County Health Department.

The City of Encinitas Marine Safety Division is continually evaluating County COVID-19 guidelines for day camps.  These guidelines are designed to help ensure safety and to minimize exposures to participants and staff.  Currently, guidelines dictate that there be no more than 12 participants per group.   Additionally, groups must be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart.  Space is extremely limited at Moonlight Beach.  Therefore, we would be forced to drastically limit the number of participants in the program. 

Our hope is to see the guidelines become less restrictive in the coming weeks and months.  Please be patient and understand that the Encinitas Lifeguards are exploring all possibilities as we are eager to run the program.  Our Department greatly 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.

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:

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