2020 Cayucos Beach Junior Lifeguard Programs
It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the Junior Lifeguard Program for 2020. This is a great program and we understand you rely and look forward to it every year. The decision was made out of caution for the health and safety of the program participants, lifeguards and community during COVID-19. Although alternative options were considered, it was felt there would still be risk and safeguarding the well-being of those involved was a priority. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate through these trying times.
We encourage strong, young swimmers to register for Cayucos Beach Junior Lifeguards (3-week program) or Discover Junior Lifeguards (1-week program). These programs offer a great opportunity for youngsters to spend quality time with United States Lifeguard Association (U.S.L.A.) trained open-water instructors.
Cayucos Beach Junior Lifeguards is a 3-week skill-building program with emphasis on healthy exercise, teamwork, rescue training, and FUN! Participants will learn:
- Rescue techniques and the principles of beach lifeguarding
- Responsibilities and expectations of aquatic personnel and first responders
- Teamwork and leadership skills
- Ecology and environments of the bay, beach and ocean
- Open water rescue skills as well as increase swimming skills, speed and endurance
Youth Ages 10 – 16
All Junior Lifeguard sessions meet Monday – Friday from 9am – 2pm except for the first Monday (orientation at Hardie Pool), 4th of July, and other program dates otherwise noted on the schedule. Schedules are handed out on the first day at orientation.
2020 Session 1: Canceled
2020 Session 2: Canceled
$285 per participant includes a $10 non-refundable transaction fee that will be applied to all refunds.
Registration for 2020 Session 1: Canceled
Registration for 2020 Session 2: Canceled
Orientation / Skill Level Testing
There is an orientation for the participants and parents at Hardie Pool on the first day of each session. Uniforms will be distributed to participants as well as schedules and information about what’s expected of the participants.
This program demands above average swimming ability and participants should have a moderate level of comfort swimming in the ocean. All new and returning participants must satisfactorily complete the following Skill Level Tests on the first day of the session.
- 100 yard continuous swim in under 3 minutes without touching the bottom or side of the pool
- 10 yard underwater swim
- tread water for 5 minutes without touching the bottom or side of the pool
Code of Conduct
Unacceptable behavior, language or disrespectful attitude to any person will NOT be tolerated. Non-compliance will result in immediate dismissal from the program and no refund processed.
Attendance is required for all three weeks. Keep in mind this is a skills-building program. It is important to attend every day. We have very strong reservations about allowing kids to miss a whole day or more. Each day builds on the last, and depending on the rest of the class, conditions, and the inherent ability of the ones that miss a day, we might have to hold them out of certain rotations in the water if we are not comfortable with their abilities. We will not stop our progression to get these kids up to speed. Please do not call to ask if they can miss one week or a couple of days because of prior obligations. You will need to find a session that can fit into your schedule.
The CBJG uniform is a t-shirt and board short. We provide one t-shirt to all participants but you are responsible for purchasing board shorts. We prefer the board shorts to be ALL BLACK with a second choice of navy. White stitching is okay. Cayucos Surf Company have Junior Lifeguard board shorts that are perfect for our program and they offer a discount for CBJG participants (see below links for additional information). FOR SAFETY AND IDENTIFICATION PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR THEIR UNIFORM EVERY DAY! Additional t-shirts and sweatshirts may be purchased through Cayucos Collective.
What to Bring Each Day
Wetsuits are required as the water temperatures can range from 50-60 degrees throughout the summer and the participants spend a majority of their time each day in the water. Cayucos Surf Company offers a discount on board shorts and wetsuits. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, towel, sunscreen, snacks/lunch, water and don’t forget SUNSCREEN!!!!
This program does not provide meals. Please bring plenty of water and snacks/lunch. There will be a 1 hour supervised lunch break each day.
Discover Junior Lifeguards
Discover Junior Lifeguards is a 1-week program that will give participants a chance to see what our regular Junior Lifeguards is all about.
Youth Ages 7 – 9
Discover Junior Lifeguards meet Monday – Friday from 9am – 12noon at Cayucos Beach except for Monday orientation which starts at Hardie Pool.
2020 Session: Canceled
Discover Junior Lifeguards Program Fee
$155 per participant includes a $10 non-refundable transaction fee that will be applied to all refunds.
Orientation / Skill Level Testing
There is an orientation for the participants and parents at Hardie Pool on the first day of each session. Uniforms will be distributed to participants as well as information about what’s expected of the participants. Please note that wetsuits are required.
Volunteer Aide Program
Volunteer Aides assist lifeguard staff in the daily operations of our Junior Lifeguard and Discover Junior Lifeguard Programs. Volunteers will further develop lifeguard skills, work habits and leadership skills as well as prepare them for lifeguard training and employment as a County Parks & Recreation Lifeguard. Depending on the number of sign-ups for our Volunteer Aide Program there may be a try-out process. You will be contacted if this occurs.
To register as a Volunteer Aide submit a JG Registration Form and write “Volunteer Aide” at the top. There is no charge to be a Volunteer Aide and this is considered a 3 week interview for potential employment as a lifeguard with County Parks.
Thank you to the following sponsors of the Cayucos Beach Junior Lifeguard Program. Your support year after year is very much appreciated!