The Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Program offers students ages nine to seventeen instruction in lifeguard rescue techniques, first aid, ocean sports, physical conditioning, and marine ecology. This program gives students the experience they need for future careers as lifeguards or in various public service professions. 

All aspects of beach activity will be explored from running to skin diving. The program is presented in a manner that will enable students to participate to the best of his or her ability while learning new skills. We end each summer with the annual Ironguard event, a four mile run and two mile swim that shows students the progress they have made throughout the summer.

General Information

  • WHERE TO DROP OFF / PICK UP: JG drop off is located in the parking lot off of Claremont and Ocean Blvd. Your child's instructor will meet their group at the lot every day for drop off, and will accompany your child back to the lot at the end of every day for pick up. ​

  • DAILY ACTIVITIES: Each day of Junior Guards may involve calisthenics and stretching, physical conditioning (running, swimming, etc.), along with instruction of lifeguard rescue techniques, first aid, ocean sports/competition, and marine ecology! 

  • WHAT TO BRING: Everyday essentials include a backpack or duffel bag to carry your personal towel, sunscreen (lots of it!), water, and a snack. Make sure your JG comes prepared every day! We also recommend a hat, sun protection (red or navy rashguard is highly preferred), and sunglasses. If your JG is bringing their cell phone to the program, it must remain in their bag during throughout the session. 

Bike Safety

  • JGs who ride their bikes to the program are required to wear a helmet. Their helmet must be properly secured and buckled at all times while they are riding their bike.

  • It is required that Junior Guards properly lock up their bikes to the bike racks located at the designated drop off/pick up location. Please make sure your JG has a working bike lock. 

  • We recommend looking over and discussing these safety tips with your JG prior to the beginning of the program.


  • Issued uniform for the program includes a JG t-shirt and boardshorts. If you want to purchase any additional gear, please see our online JG store

  • Junior Lifeguards are required to report daily in their issued uniform (JG trunks AND shirt)

  • The only acceptable outerwear is the Junior Lifeguard sweatshirt which can be purchased here.

  • Swimsuits: One or two-piece swimsuits worn during the program must provide full coverage of the chest and buttock. We recommend JOLYN for both one and two-piece styles. It is also highly preferred and recommended that the swimsuits be navy blue in color. For more on this, please see our FAQs page.

  • When a JG is in uniform, they are highly visible within the community and should act as proper, respectful representatives of the Marine Safety Division. 

Absences / Leaving Early

  • If your JG is going to be absent, please send an email to with the name of your child, age group (A, B, or C), their instructor's name, and the date(s) they will be absent. For safety reasons we need to make sure every child is accounted for. 

  • If your JG needs to be picked up early (ex: at 11:00am instead of noon), please coordinate ahead of time. Send an email to with the name of your child, age group (A, B, or C), their instructor's name, and the time/date they need to be picked up.