Recreation Department

Jr Lifeguards Photo


Returning participants may sign up online now.

New participants must attend a try-out.

Online registration limited to participants from 2013 & 2014. Participants from earlier years must attend a tryout before registering.


See JG Journals for weekly program information.
The latest Journal will be posted every Friday evening.

2015 JG Journals

  Rookie Week    Week


2015 Dates

Session 1: June 22 to July 17
Session 2: July 20 to Aug 14

Rookie Week: June 17, 18, 19

Program is open to Boys & Girls ages 8 to 17

2015 New Participant Tryout Dates:

    April 4th 2:00-3:30pm
    April 25th 12:00-1:30pm
    May 17th 12:00-1:30pm
    June 7th 2:00-3:30pm.

      Tryout consists of:

      • Treading Water for 3 minutes
      • Swimming underwater for 10 yards
      • Swimming 100 yards under time limit (Ages 12 and up=2:20, Ages 11 and under=2:30)

      Simply show up at the UCSB Recreation Center on tryout dates to participate in tryouts.

      Tryouts will be administered on a first-come first-served basis.

      Contact Ryan "Buzz"  Collins at for information regarding additional tryout opportunities.

      Assistant Tryouts

      April 25th from 9:00am.

      This requires all applicants to be at the Rec Cen pool at 9am.

      Assistant positions are open to past Jr Guard program participants only.

      Program Main Location
      Campus Point, Goleta Beach & UCSB facilities

      8:30am to 12:30pm, Monday to Friday

      Some sessions will occur at the UCSB Rec Cen or competition sites. See calendar for specifics.

      Online registration is only available for returning campers. All others must attend tryouts.

      If you are a new participant, DO NOT mail in payment before attending a tryout.

      The mail in application located in the 'downloads' section is for returning participants who wish not to use online registration and for new participants to bring to tryouts.

      Raging Waters Trip
      2015 Date TBA. Online registration is NOT available for this activity. Go to the Rec Cen Cashier's Office to pay or see Buzz.

      Have Questions? 

      Click Here to see our "Frequently Asked Questions".

      If you don't find the answer to your question please send us an e-mail.


      Tryout: swim under water 10 yards, tread water 3 minutes; swim 100 yards in 2 minutes 20 seconds. Returning JGs may waive the tryout. Rookie Week (free) is available for new JGs. 

      New Participant Tryouts at the UCSB Rec Cen:

      Email us for additional tryout information



      • $345 per 4-week session
      • $565 for both sessions

      Assistants and "added siblings" may apply for a 10% discount ($311 & $511 tuition).

      Assistants may receive free tuition.

      Scholarship availability is pending.

      SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY!! Instructors receive Red Cross lifeguard training. Some are EMT certified and possess California Teaching Credentials.

      Student-Instructor ratio is 20:1.

      Curriculum: CPR, AED training, First Aid, Smooth and Open Water Lifesaving, and Marine Resource Stewardship. Please see curriculum at Downloads link for more.

      Fun: surfing, body boarding, water polo, kayaking, volleyball, swimming, beach games, and special events.

      Afternoon Care
      Jr Lifeguard participants may join the UCSB Summer Day Camp in the afternoon at a reduced rate of $60 per week. Please use the UCSB Jr Lifeguards mail in form to register for these sessions. There is no online registration option for this discounted rate.
      Participation in the UCSB Surf & Kayak Camp is also an option but there is no discounted rate and registration is separate from Jr Guards.


      Session: If you cancel prior to the beginning of the Session you will receive a full tuition refund less a $50

      administration fee. Refunds will not be granted after the Session has begun.

      Uniform sales are final.

      Boat & Raging Waters Trip fees involve prepaid reservations and are therefore not refundable.

      Contact information:

      Phone: (805) 893 7616 ext. 3


      Partner agencies include the Santa Barbara Police Activities League, Santa Barbara County Fire Stations 11 & 17, Santa Barbara County Parks & Rec Department and the US Coast Guard.