FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: $510 per junior lifeguard. Scholarships are available through the City of Long Beach to those who qualify. Please contact us at for more information.
Q: Are there scholarship opportunities available?
A: Yes, we offer full and partial scholarships based on household income. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please email LBJG@longbeach.gov.
Q: What are the tryout requirements?
A: Prospective JGs must swim 100 yards (4 laps in a standard sized pool) in under 2 minutes. If the pool is 25 METERS, the time standard is 100 METERS in under 2 minutes and 13.2 seconds.
Q: Can my child tryout again if he/she does not make it on his/her first try?
A: YES! We allow 3 attempts at each tryout, but even if you don't make it after 3, you are more than welcome to attend the next scheduled tryout! Our instructors are happy to provide coaching on ways to improve.
Q: My child passed the swim test and participated in the Junior Lifeguard Program last summer, do they need to tryout again to participate this summer?
A: No, if your child passed the swim test and participated in the program in 2019 or 2020 they DO NOT need to tryout again. When summer registration opens, you're able to register them without having to attend a tryout. However, if your child has not participated in the program before or took more than a year off of the program (e.g., due to traveling, injury, etc.) they will need to tryout again in order to register.
Q: Does my child need to attend a tryout?
A: YES, if.....
They have never participated in the LBJG Summer Program in the past
They participated in the program any time before 2019 (2016, 2017, 2018...)
They tried out in 2020, but did not participate in the Summer Program
They participated in the Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Program is 2019 and/or 2020
Q: When are the registration deadlines?
A: There are three separate registration deadlines:
Returning JG priority registration deadline: April 21st, 2021
New JG requesting the MORNING SESSION (via lottery system) deadline: April 28th, 2021
Final deadline for all others: May 5th, 2021
You can register for the 2021 Summer Program via this link
Q: Are uniforms included in the program cost?
A: The program fee includes one t-shirt and one pair of swim trunks. If you would like to purchase additional uniform items you will need to pay for those separately. We highly recommend purchasing additional uniform items before the summer program. The link to our online store will be available within the next few weeks.
Q: For female junior guards what type of suit do you recommend?
A: We recommend a well-fitted, competitive style, one or two-piece swimsuit. Solid navy blue in color is highly preferred. Any brand is acceptable, however the suit must be full coverage. Our paid lifeguards are issued JOLYN suits. On a two-piece, it's best if the bottoms have a drawstring. For tops and one-pieces, both fixed and tie-back are permitted. If purchasing from JOLYN:
Q: I have one child who is a returning JG and one child who will be new to the program this year, do both of my children qualify for priority registration?
A: No. Only your returning JG qualifies for priority registration and ONLY if their registration packet is submitted by the priority registration deadline. Your child who will be participating for the first time this year will be entered into the lottery for session preference.
Q: My child is young/old for their grade and we would like to move them down/up to a different age group (age group change request). Is this possible?
A: Yes for returning JGs, but you need to be sure we are informed by email before whichever registration deadline applies to your child. For new JGs, you are required to remain in your true age group.
Q: Our family is planning a trip during the program. Can my child still participate in Junior Lifeguards?
A: Yes, please just send a note with your child and follow up with an email to ahead of time with your child's name, their instructor's name, and the dates they will be absent - so we know that all our JGs are accounted for.
Q: What is the Ironguard?
A: The Ironguard is a 4 mile run and 2 mile swim that covers the entire Long Beach oceanfront. It starts with a swim at 1st Place and Ocean Blvd. From there, participants run the beach and swim almost every swim area buoy, as well as the pier. Our goal is for every Junior Lifeguard to finish the Ironguard, but to complete it in under 2 hours is considered to be the ultimate JG accomplishment.