Junior Lifeguard Program

Junior Lifeguard Program ClassProgram Overview

The City of Imperial Beach Junior Lifeguard Program is a comprehensive program, designed to teach youth in our community ages 9 to 17 leadership, self-confidence, and respect for the ocean environment. Participants learn leadership skills, basic life-saving skills, physical fitness, water safety, and ocean awareness. This is not a "learn to swim" program. Participants will be involved in a variety of activities including competitions, ocean swimming, surfing, body boarding, and beach games. Guest speakers from different specialties organize presentations that pertain to the ocean and its environment. Participants will also be introduced to the profession of lifeguarding through exposure to standard lifeguard equipment and safety information presented by our staff.

Junior Lifeguard Instructors

Instructors are all experienced and certified Imperial Beach Ocean Lifeguards. As lifeguards, they are required to maintain a current Basic Life Support CPR/AED certification, as well as an Emergency Medical Responder certification or EMT.

Cadet / Captain Program

The Imperial Beach Junior Lifeguard Program offers a transitional position for candidates who are between 15 to 17 years of age. Our agency does not hire Ocean Lifeguards until they are 18 years of age. The purpose of these positions is to mentor and train these select junior lifeguards to become Ocean Lifeguards as soon as they met the requirements and certifications of the job. Not only is this a chance to get on-the-job training, but a Junior Lifeguard Cadet/Captain also can earn up to a $750 stipend. Cadets/Captains will take on more responsibility and be held to a higher standard within our program. The duties of a Junior Guard Cadet/Captain include the following:

  • Help Instructors set up in the morning and shut down in the afternoon
  • Supervise younger Junior Guards when leaving the JG area
  • Understand and adhere to the Parent Handbook
  • Understand how to maintain and care for equipment
  • Understand the dangers of the ocean
  • Be able to recognize a Rip Current
  • Help Instructors supervise Junior Guards during skill development and keep them out of dangerous areas
  • Help Instructors during activities and competition training
  • Participating in all activities each day
  • Participating in the Captain PT at least 3 times a week
  • Supervising Junior Guards during lunchtime and reminding them to re-apply sunscreen
  • Must give your availability for the summer. Please give us notice in advance if you will be missing time during the session.


View the Cadet/Captain Application (PDF).