Update for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

OC Junior Guards registration is open for 2020. Due to continued uncertainty with how COVID-19 will affect our ability to run summer program operations, we are only accepting unpaid reservation requests at this time. Click Register to make your reservation request. Please be advised, to prepare for ever changing circumstances due to COVID-19, we have implemented the following polices:

  • In response to current health and safety concerns and state mandated restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, OC Junior Guards is regretfully cancelling the first two weeks of the 2020 Junior Lifeguard Program. The cancellation of weeks 1 and 2 is consistent with actions taken by other Orange County and Southern California agencies concerning their Junior Lifeguard programs. The remaining weeks 3-7 that run July 6th through August 7th are tentative. A decision on weeks 3-7 will be made mid-June, and will be largely based on the State of CA's progression through the phases of the Pandemic Resilience Roadmap
  • In case of program cancellations, currently enrolled and paid customers will receive a full refund or be offered credit for alternative sessions
  • If our program is clear to operate, we will contact reservation holders for payment in the order of reservation date and time. A RESERVATION IS NOT A GUARANTEE FOR ENROLLMENT.
  • Program dates and times are subject to change or cancellation
  • Swim Testing may be limited or unavailable for new customers due to pool closures or restrictions which may prohibit enrollment. We are working with local partners to ensure we can take advantage of available pools for testing
  • Program format and procedures will be adjusted to follow current State and County Health Orders for outdoor youth camps (TBD)
  • Uniforms will be issued in a manner that follows State and County Health Orders for retailers
Please be assured that the health and safety of our community is our top priority and as the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we will make necessary adjustments and post any updates on our website at OC Junor Guards For information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to Orange County Health Care Agency's web page at OC Health Info COVID-19 or call the HCA Health Referral Line at 1(800) 564-8448.

OC Junior Guards General Info 2020:

Participant Ages-

  • 8-15 years old
  • Participant must be 8 years old by the first day of participation


  • Strands Beach
  • 34116 Selva Road, Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Drop off and pick up is in the north end of the parking lot
  • Students will walk to and from beach camp in their groups with an instructor present

Dates & Times-

  • All Weeks Run Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Students may enroll in any combination of weeks
  • Week 1 :
  • 6/15/20 - 6/19/20Cancelled
  • Week 2:
  • 6/22/20 - 6/26/20Cancelled
  • NO JGs 6/29/20-7/3/2020 for July 4th Holiday
  • Week 3 :
  • 7/6/20 - 7/10/20Enrollment Deadline 6/29/2020
  • Week 4 :
  • 7/13/20 - 7/17/20Enrollment Deadline 7/6/2020
  • Week 5 :
  • 7/20/20 - 7/24/20Enrollment Deadline 7/13/2020
  • Week 6 :
  • 7/27/20 - 7/31/20Enrollment Deadline 7/20/2020
  • Week 7 :
  • 8/3/20 - 8/7/20Enrollment Deadline 7/27/2020


  • $195.00 per one-week per child

Enrollment Policy-

  • Enrollment opens March 1st, 2020
  • All customers must have registered an online account with OCJG. New Customers [Register Here]
  • Enroll by logging into OCJG customer account and paying for week(s) in full. Returning Customers [Log in Here]
  • New students (have never participated in OCJG) must complete a swim test prior to participation in the program
  • The swim test must be completed no later than 7 days in advance of the week of enrollment. Failure to complete the swim test by the 7 day deadline will result in the student being dropped from the session with no refund
  • Returning students are exempt from the swim test

Cancellation Policy-

  • There is a $95.00 cancellation charge per week per child cancelled
  • Cancellation requests must be made no later than 7 days prior to the start of the week of enrollment
  • No refund will be issued for cancellations requested after the deadline
  • Enrolled Junior Guards who cannot pass the swim test may receive a full refund. Swim test results must be officially entered into the OCJG Customer Account by the swim test provider to be eligible for a refund.
  • The swim test must be completed no later than 7 days in advance of the week of enrollment. Failure to complete the swim test by the 7 day deadline will result in the student being dropped from the session with no refund
  • Refunds must be requested in writing to [OCJG Customer Service]

Swim Test Policy-

  • 2020 Swim Test locations, dates and times TBD
  • Returning OCJG students are exempt from the swim test requirement
  • All new students who have never participated in OCJG must complete a swim test to be eligible to participate in the program
  • The swim test consists of the following:
    • 100 yards timed swim completed in 2:30 minutes or less
    • 5 minutes continuous treading water without rest or reliance on floatation
    • Swim test results will be submitted to OCJG Administration and updated in the OCJG student record. Student must be registered with OCJG to receive credit for swim test completion
  • The swim test must be completed no later than 7 days in advance of the week of enrollment.
  • Students who have not completed the swim test by the 7 day deadline will be dropped from the week with no refund
  • The student must be registered in an OCJG Account before taking the swim test in order for their swim test results to be officially recorded
  • A student may take the swim test any time up to 7 days prior to the week of enrollment. If a child is already paid and enrolled in a week and cannot pass the swim test, their swim test results must be officially submitted to OCJG to receive a full refund
  • Swim tests may only be completed with the following authorized programs:

    COVID-19 OCJG Swim Test Update:

    Dolphin Aquatics-
    Dates: TBD
    Location: TBD
    Phone: 949.370.9240
    Website: Dolphin Aquatics Website

    We are working with Dolphin Aquatics to provide alternative swim test options. Please stay tuned as updates will be posted here and on their website.

    OC Junior Guards Swim Test-
    May 31st Swim Test is Cancelled due to pool closure. We are monitoring changes to the State of CA Stay at Home Order to determine if an alternative swim test can be scheduled.

Uniform Policy-

COVID-19 OCJG Uniform Upate:

OCJG is still in the process of evaluating current and changing guidelines set by the State of CA Stay at Home Order. At this time, OCJG is planning alternative uniform issuance policies and procedures that will adhere to State and County guidelines for approved business practices. Please stay tuned as we will post updates to uniform policy here.

Child Drop Off and Pick Up Policy-

  • Drop and Pick Up Location
    • Strands Beach Parking Lot is located at 34116 Selva Road, Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Drop Off Procedure
    • Drop off your child at 9:00 am sharp
    • Drive slowly and be aware pedestrian traffic in the parking lot
    • Please park your vehicle in a legal parking space. No drive through drop offs.
    • Walk your child to the center grassy island at the north end of the parking lot
    • Follow hand signals and instructions given by instructors present wearing yellow OCJC shirts
    • Junior guards will be organized into smaller groups and walk down to the beach as a group under instructor supervision by 9:15am.
  • Pick Up Procedure
    • Junior Guards will be walked up to the parking lot pick up location from the beach as a group each day
    • Drive slowly and be aware pedestrian traffic in the parking lot
    • Please park your vehicle in a legal parking space. No drive through pick ups.
    • Junior Guards will be ready for pick up at the center island at 3:00pm sharp
    • Instructors will remain in the parking lot to supervisor junior guards until 3:30pm
    • OC Junior Guards will not be responsible for supervising junior guards after 3:30pm
  • Drop Off and Pick Up Rules
    • Parents must notify OC Junior Guards ahead of time if they will be late picking up or dropping off their child by calling (949) 443-0773
    • Junior guards must wear sandals to walk to and from the beach
    • Junior guards must be dressed in their OC Junior Guards uniform every day when they are dropped off
    • Junior guards must be able to carry their own equipment to and from the camp

Required Equipment-
To ensure your child's safety, we have provided the following list of equipment as a minimum standard for participating in the program activities:

  • Uniform- Junior Guards are required to wear their uniform everyday they attend camp for the purpose of safety, uniformity, and accountability. The mandatory uniform items are:
    • OCJG T-Shirt (OCJG Sweatshirt OK)
    • OCJG Boardshorts or Swimsuit
    • OCJG Rashguard
    • The uniform must be worn for the safety and wellbeing of the junior guards. Junior guards will not be permitted to participate in the day's activities without their full uniform
  • Surf Fins- Any soft rubber fin that secures around the ankle with an open heal (no adjustable straps). There are a variety of brands including Duck Feet, DaFin, Viper, BZ, etc. Any fin that is designed for bodysurfing or bodyboarding will suffice. Fins will be available for sale at Hobie during uniform distribution.
  • Towel- It is recommended to bring more than one towel each day. We will be in and out of the water frequently and towels can become uncomfortably soggy.
  • Sun Block- We will provide sun block for the junior lifeguards but we also require a personal supply for your children. Any waterproof sun block with SPF greater than 30 will suffice. Waterproof lip protection is also highly recommended and should be reapplied throughout the day.
  • Packed Lunch and Water- There will be a 45-minute lunch break each day. It is important for your children to eat a nutritious lunch and drink ample amounts of water to keep up their energy level and remain hydrated. Sodas can actually dehydrate the body and are not recommended. We recommend foods high in energy such as sandwiches, granola bars, fruits, and yogurt. **IMPORTANT** LUNCH MUST BE PACKED IN A HARD PLASTIC CASE OR COOLER. SQUIRRELS AND BIRDS CAN RIP THROUGH CLOTH AND PAPER LUNCH BAGS!
  • Warm Clothing- In the morning hours and on overcast or windy days, the air temperature can be quite cool at the beach. Junior lifeguards should be prepared for cool temperatures and bring their OCJG sweatshirt to the beach each day.
  • Beach Bag- Junior lifeguards should bring a bag large enough to hold all their equipment including fins, towels, lunch, extra clothing, and wetsuit. Their bag should also be easy to carry (preferably a backpack) so they can walk without difficulty down to the campsite. Bags should also be labeled with the junior lifeguard’s name clearly printed.
  • Flip Flops/Sandals- The junior lifeguards must wear sandals every day to the program to protect their feet on the walk to and from the beach and parking lot.
Optional Recommended Equipment-
The following items are not required for program participation but highly recommended:
  • Sunglasses- Sunglasses will be useful while the junior lifeguards are taking a break from physical activity on the beach and help protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. However, these items are expensive and can be lost or damaged if not taken care of. All junior lifeguards will be responsible for their own equipment.
  • Wetsuit- Wetsuits provide extra warmth and comfort in the ocean. It is very important for your child to try on these items when you are purchasing them and make sure they fit like a “second skin.” Wetsuits come in different styles, which provide different amounts of warmth and flexibility. Please consult a store attendant when you are shopping for a wetsuit.

Rules and Safety-
The OC Junior Guard Program provides an excellent learning environment where children are encouraged to explore the beach environment and improve their skills in the ocean. Our number one priority is the safety of the junior lifeguards. By following these simple guidelines, we can work together to ensure that all the junior lifeguards are safe and enjoy their experience in the program to its fullest:

  • Role will be taken on a daily basis to ensure all junior lifeguards are accounted for. Parents must notify our junior lifeguard headquarters if they will be unable to drop their child off before 9:15AM or pick their child up before 3:30PM by calling (949) 443-0773. Please leave a message if you call after hours.
  • Junior Lifeguards must come prepared with the proper equipment (listed on the Required Equipment list). Failure to bring mandatory equipment may result in loss of participation in certain activities for the day.
  • Junior Lifeguards are responsible for bringing proper nutrition and fluids every day of the program.
  • Junior Lifeguards must keep clear of all lifeguard equipment and personnel on the beach unless otherwise instructed or permitted to do so. Lifeguard operations on the beach are vital to public safety. Any interference with the lifeguard operations will result in loss of privileges for the day and possible expulsion from the program.
  • Junior Lifeguards must follow instructions given by any instructor or lifeguard. This is for the safety of the junior lifeguards while they are at the beach. Failure to follow instructions in the ocean environment could lead to dangerous situations or injury.
  • Junior Lifeguards should treat the instructors, assistant instructors, fellow junior lifeguards, and the environment with respect and kindness. Use of harmful language, physical abuse, or any act of disrespect towards fellow JGs, instructors, or the environment is strictly prohibited and will result in an immediate phone call to the parents. Frequent breaking of these rules may result in expulsion from the program.
  • All junior lifeguards are required to have fun at all times.

OCJG Assistant Program-

  • Overview of the Assistant Position- OC Junior Guards offers more advanced training and experiences geared towards a professional ocean lifeguard career.
    • Junior guards ages 11-15 can try out for the elite "Orca Group" during their session of enrollment which consists of an advanced curriculum that models OC Lifeguards' Ocean Lifeguard Training Academy
    • The top junior guards from the Orca group are evaluated and selected for the Volunteer OC Junior Guard Assistant Position.
    • OC Junior Guard Assistants participate in the OC Junior Guard program as Volunteers and do not have to pay an enrollment fee (uniform fee will be charged). They work alongside instructors and are assigned leadership, safety, equipment, and curricular activities that prepare them for a career in marine safety and beyond.
    • On average, approximately 30% of OC Lifeguard recruits are former OC Junior Guard Assistants and end up becoming top notch ocean lifeguards.
    • This part of the program is highly recommended for junior guards who want to take the skills they have learned as junior guards to the next level of serving the public and helping others in the ocean lifeguard or public safety professions.
  • How to Become an Assistant-
    • Tryout and be selected for the Orca Group
    • o A competitive selection process is conducted by instructors at the beginning of weeks 1, 3, and 5 for enrolled 11-15 year old junior guards who want to qualify for the Orca Group.
    • Orca candidates must possess strong capabilities in ocean swimming, paddling, running, rescue, and be motivated to perform at a high fitness level.
    • It is highly recommended that Orca candidates participate in at least one session of OC Junior Guards prior to trying out for the group due to the intense nature of the curriculum.
    • The Orca curriculum is a two-week program. One-week sessions will be combined into two consecutive weeks for the Orca curriculum. Participants must complete the entire two-week session and participate in all the activities to be eligible for selection to the Assistant position.
    • During the Orca curriculum, students will be tested and evaluated by their instructor to determine if they have what it takes to become an OC Junior Guard Assistant.
    • Qualified students will receive a recommendation by their instructor that will put them on the Assistant Candidate List.
    • Assistant Candidates will be contacted by OC Junior Guard to confirm the position and assignment to program week(s).
  • Assistant Roles and Responsibilities
    • Selected Assistants will be assigned to a specific weeks of the program and be expected to fulfill their commitments in their entirety.
    • Selected Assistants will be required to attend pre-season meetings, program activities such as uniform distribution and swim test, and trainings to help prepare them for their role in the program
    • Further details on events, meetings and trainings will be given to parents and students by phone and email as the season approaches.
    • Assistants will receive a special uniform that identifies them apart from other junior guards. They will be expected to represent the program in a positive light through their leadership, effort, professionalism, and positive attitude.
    • Assistants will receive ongoing instruction and evaluation to help them improve their skills and knowledge and excel as valuable members of the OC Junior Guard Team.
  • All returning OCJG Assistants must contact Supervisor Carrie Pierce to confirm their availability and scheduling by May 1st. Please also ensure that you have created an OCJG account and have registered your child. Please email Carrie Pierce to confirm your availability or if you have any questions regarding the OCJG Assistant Program.

Curriculum Info-

  • The Purpose of the Program is to provide students with ocean safety fundamentals through a fun, challenging and enriching curriculum taught by experienced professional lifeguards. The program is designed for students to grow in their ocean knowledge and skill and work their way up through the program to successively complete more challenging and engaging activities.

  • Age Groups and Levels-
    • Students are first organized by age and then grouped based on an objective and subjective criteria including:
      • Prior experience in OCJG
      • Instructor to Student Ratios
      • Instructor Evaluations
    • The goal is to group students with similar ages and ability levels to provide the most productive, fun and challenging activities

  • The Core Themes of the Curriculum are carried throughout each week of the program and include:
    • Warm Up and Stretching
    • Ocean and Surf Swimming
    • Surf Zone Entry and Exit
    • Navigating Rip and Long Shore Currents
    • Beach Running
    • Paddling Skills
    • First Aid Skills
    • Ocean Rescue Skills
    • Lifeguard Competition
    • Sun Protection
    • Ocean Environment and Wildlife
    • Lifeguard and EMS Operations

  • Ocean Conditions are highly variable and will dictate the type and timing of activities. Activities will vary day to day, week to week. Surf and weather forecasts are monitored daily and activities will be planned around conditions to ensure safety and maximum learning opportunities. WE CANNOT CONTROL MOTHER NATURE, but we can be flexible and take advantage of all the learning opportunities she gives us.

  • Weekly Junior Lifeguard Vitamin Competitions will be held each week of the program providing students of all ages a chance to test the skills they have acquired. The Vitamin Competition Consists of the Following:
    • Waterman/woman competitive event involving a combination of swimming, running and paddling.
    • All age groups will have the opportunity to compete
    • Event day(s), times and course layout may vary depending on Ocean Conditions

  • California State Games Regional Junior Lifeguard Competition- All Ages and Levels
    • Regional Junior Lifeguard competition where students from various JG Programs compete against each other
    • Event date is July 9th, 2020 at Coronado Central Beach
    • All ages and levels will have the opportunity to compete on Team OCJG for this event.
    • Event info- Cal State Games

  • Orca Group Tryouts- Weeks 1, 3, and 5- Orca candidates must attend tryouts to be selected for the group and are strongly encouraged to sign up for two-week increments to have the best experience with the activities and competitions.
    • Ages 11 and up may try out for the accelerated Orca Group.
    • Space is limited
    • This curriculum will offer opportunities to participate in more advanced events, competitions and lifeguard training including
      • Expeditions- Day trips exploring the coast by foot, paddleboard and swimming from South Laguna to Doheny. Events will be scheduled according to ocean conditions and competition scheduling.
      • The Mega Vitamin will be held- Weeks 2, 4 and 6
      • Lifeguard Tower Training- Work alongside a professional lifeguard in the lifeguard tower to gain hands-on experience.
      • Qualify to be an OCJG Assistant. Orcas are evaluated and have the opportunity to be selected for the OCJG Assistant Position. This is a volunteer position that is assigned to work with an OCJG Instructor to provide safety and support during JG activities.
        • Orcas must complete a minimum of 2 consecutive weeks to be evaluated and considered for the Assistant Position.
        • Please email Carrie Pierce for information about the OCJG Assistant Program