GGNRA Junior Lifeguards

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at goga_jl@nps.gov.

12 to 14 year old jl swim

Junior Lifeguards is a free summer program 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. Upon successful completion of 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.


Application Period: May 29th – June 12th
Tryouts and Orientation: Tuesday June 29th 10:00am - 1:00pm
Class: Mondays and Tuesdays July 5th - August 3 rd 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 29th , 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 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 outside of class hours, and participants must reach their 15th birthday on or before completion of the program.

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

Send an email to goga_jl@nps.gov, or call/text 415-855-5029 to request an application. Qualified applicants will then schedule in person interviews 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. At the close of the application and interview period, all application packages will be reviewed by the instructor staff and 15 junior lifeguards will be selected for the program.

Last updated: May 24, 2021

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