BENEFITS OF A JUNIOR
Junior lifeguard programs are provided by
lifeguard agencies affiliated with USLA. Professional
lifeguard instructors teach water safety such as rip currents, tides
and ocean hazards. In addition, your child will be
educated in first aid techniques,
paddling, kayaking, ocean swimming, rescue techniques
general knowledge of lifeguard duties and lifeguard equipment.
In most locations these programs are offered in the summer months.
Participants learn safety in a fun and
The goals of these
To educate participants in
the necessary skills to help others in an emergency situation.
To provide knowledge so young
people can handle themselves safely in ocean situations.
To increase awareness of our
To build a sense of self respect and self confidence.
To teach team building
girls and boys usually between the ages of 9 and 17. There are
some programs that will start at an earlier age. The programs
vary in length anywhere from 1 week to 8 weeks.
usually about 3 hours per day. Some programs offer a morning
session and an afternoon session. Classes are normally 4-5
days per week, Monday thru Friday.
It really depends on what is offered in your area. Although
programs vary, participants are usually placed into age divisions.
16-17 years old
Registration and tryouts for these programs is usually in April or
Due to the popularity of the program,
enrollment is usually limited for each
session. Applications are accepted
first come first
programs require applicants
to try-out and pass a pre-requisite swim test to be eligible to
participate in the program. Example of possible swimming
- 100 yards under 1:30
- 100 yards under 1:40
ages 9-11 -
100 yards under 1:50
-500 yards under 7:30
Swim 100 yards in 1:50
minutes or faster
Swim underwater 10 yards without coming up for a breath
Tread water for five
How much will it cost?
The fees vary based
on the type of program. Obviously, an 8 week program will be
more expensive than a one week program. Fees can be as high as
$100 to $400 per junior lifeguard
or as low as a 25 donation per applicant.
Uniforms of some sort are usually required. In some programs
it is your responsibility to purchase them and it other programs the
uniform is included in the fee. Uniforms are usually a tee-shirt and
bathing suit and will run about 45.00 if you need to purchase it.
items to take with you ...
Pack a bag containing:
such as inhalers, epi-pens, lactaid pills
bag lunch (depending on
Where to find
Junior Lifeguard Programs: