summer fun

Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards

The City of Santa Barbara's Junior Lifeguards program is now entering its 45th year,
and remains the best program around, big on fun, skills-building, and value.

If your child loves the beach and ocean, he or she will be sure to enjoy this
world-famous, nationally-affiliated program incorporating
swimming, running, friendly competition, leadership skills, team building, and education.

This very popular junior lifeguard program, includes invigorating daily workouts, water safety, first aid, surf lifesaving, marine education, lifeguard competitions and more. Physical fitness and development are balanced with self-esteem and camaraderie. Strong swimming skills are a must.

This year's swim test for new participants is on May 10 (check in at 1:30pm; test begins at 2pm). To sign up for find out more information, contact our Aquatics team at (805) 897-2680.


Make-up Swim Test Options

Option 1

Make-up swim tests will be offered the last week of the Jr. Lifeguard Swim Lesson Program.

May 27, 28, and 29 from 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. at Los Baños Pool

Option 2

If a new participant belongs to a swim team they may have their coach test them to the requirements listed in the Parks and Recreation Activity Guide and the coach may e-mail Rich Hanna ( to be added to program files.

Note: Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguard program placement is based on the participant’s age as of July 1, 2014; this is the National Junior Lifeguard standard. Please see grid at back of guide for age ranges.

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Junior Lifeguard "Nippers"

If you can’t commit to the full seven weeks of the Junior Lifeguards program, or you just want to get your child’s feet wet, this two-week experience of the regular nationally-affiliated program is for you! This program provides many of the same components as the longer Junior Lifeguard program, including swimming, running, paddle-boarding, marine and beach education; however, all activities are modified based on the lower swim and age requirement.

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Junior Lifeguard Swim Lessons

Swim instruction is designed to prepare your child to pass the Jr. Lifeguard or Nippers swim test to participate in Jr. Lifeguards—or just shake off that winter rust. Saturday lessons are split into endurance swimming and stroke efficiency groups; weekday evenings are set aside for practice.

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Junior Lifeguards Parents’ Night

If your child is in the Junior Lifeguard or Nippers programs, attend this evening to meet instructors and receive information on program philosophy, safety, travel, competition, new activities, and Q&A time. Program packets and calendars will be available.

Note: This is also the deadline to turn in program excursion and uniform ordering forms.

Program Requirements

Each participant is required to wear a uniform daily. The City will provide one Junior Lifeguard long-sleeve t-shirt. Parents must provide the following:

May 21, Parent Night - Deadline for all ordering and excursions

Swim suits and shorts can be purchased at any local sporting goods store; however, we have partnered with Original Waterman for quality swim wear at a discounted rate for our Jr. Lifeguard Program.

*** Click here for Uniform Ordering info!

Important Information

Questions or Concerns?