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The Mission of the California State Park Junior Lifeguard Program is to provide quality water safety education while creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation to the youth of California.


The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes Teamwork, Leadership, and Safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program is designed to improve young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, their parents, their peers, and themselves.

The Mission of the State Park Junior Lifeguard Program is accomplished by activities such as instruction and practice in open water swimming, paddle boarding, body surfing, body boarding, surfboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, skin diving, and self rescue. Respect for the environment is increased by the understanding gained by daily physical contact with the environment and through lecture and discussion of pertinent marine and aquatic topics.  Respect for others is increased by constant contact with compassionate instructors and by working with other youths in a team building environment. Increased respect for themselves is gained through their personal progress and accomplishments. 

Further, the Junior Lifeguard Mission embraces opportunities for community involvement and partnerships in school classroom instruction and with community youth programs. The Mission recognizes the necessity of seizing special opportunities to introduce non-traditional user groups to the wonders of marine and aquatic recreation environments.        

As part of this educational mission, the California State Park Junior Lifeguard Program admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school or in youth program. The Junior Lifeguard Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, athletic and other school administered programs. 

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Code of Conduct:

All participants must read and abide by the JG code of conduct.


Parent handbook:

Important information for parents and Junior Lifeguard participants.


Iron Guard Award:

Awarded to Junior Lifeguards who both meet and exceed the standards for being a State Junior Lifeguard.


Guard Aid Program:

Become a Guard Aide! Learn the skills required to be a State Park Lifeguard and assist State Park Lifeguards during the Junior Guard Program.


Extended Day:

Want an all day experience? Sign up for Extended day!


Additional Programs:

Learn about other fun and exciting programs we offer at Crystal Cove State Park.

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