GGNRA Junior Lifeguards

The 2019 enrollment period has ended.
Thank you for your interest in the program!
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.


Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am-1pm
July 2nd - August 6th


Base of the lifeguard tower, Stinson Beach

Lifeguard Certification

Participants at least 15 years of age before completion of the program are eligible for additional training to earn American Red Cross lifeguard certifications. There is no fee for this training or certification, which will allow holders to seek employment as paid lifeguards. Depending on student needs, availability of resources, and to meet certification requirements, additional training times and dates may be added to the basic junior lifeguard program hours, and some coursework may be completed online.

Junior Lifeguard Instructors

Former junior lifeguards who hold current lifeguard certifications are eligible to assist with program instruction. Inquire with the lifeguards for details on this opportunity.

Entry Safety Screening

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

How to Apply

If you are interested, please call or text (415) 855-5029 or email e-mail us to schedule an interview at the Stinson Beach lifeguard tower. If you completed the junior lifeguard program in 2018, you have the option of emailing in your application and conducting a phone interview to reapply for 2019.


All applicants must schedule an interview by Monday, June 10th.

Last updated: June 10, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


(415) 561-4700

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