GGNRA Junior Lifeguards

Out of the utmost concern for the health and safety of our junior lifeguards and staff, the Junior Lifeguard program will not be taking place for the Summer 2020 session due to Covid-19. We hope to open up enrollment in May 2021 and will keep updating this page as the situation changes.

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12 to 14 year old jl swim

Junior Lifeguards is a free summer program for teens, ages 13-17, educating local youth in ocean awareness, beach safety, and lifeguarding skills such as ocean swimming and first aid. Participants will learn rescue skills from National Park Service lifeguards, with most classes meeting at Stinson Beach. The program incorporates interaction with a range of emergency services personnel from the NPS and other agencies. Many of our activities will take place in the ocean, so ownership of a wetsuit is highly recommended. After completing the program, participants will know how to identify and safely swim out of rip currents, perform basic ocean rescues, know the first steps of what to do in a medical emergency, and have in-depth knowledge of the coastal Marin area of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


Tryouts and orientation, Tuesday June 30th 10:00am - 1:00pm
Class, Mondays and Tuesdays July 6th - August 4th
13-14 y/o 10:00am - 1:00pm
15-17 y/o 10:00am - 2:00pm


Base of the lifeguard tower, Stinson Beach


To ensure each participant can safely handle the arduous physical demands of this program, all junior lifeguards must pass a physical fitness screening on June 30th, consisting of an untimed 600 yard ocean swim followed immediately by a one mile long beach run. Applicants may use wetsuits for the swim.

Lifeguard Certification

Participants at least 15 years of age before completion of the program will be enrolling in an American Red Cross lifeguard training program. There is no fee for this training or certification, which allows holders to seek employment as paid lifeguards. To meet certification and testing requirements, some coursework will be completed online.

Junior Lifeguard Instructors

Former junior lifeguards who hold current lifeguard certifications are eligible to assist with program instruction, and to recertify. Inquire with the lifeguards for details.

How to Apply

The application period will be open May 4th through June 8th. Send an email to e-mail us to request an application, and schedule an interview at the Stinson Beach lifeguard tower. If you completed the junior lifeguard program in 2019, you have the option of emailing your application and conducting a phone interview to reapply.

See you at the beach!

Last updated: June 9, 2020

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