Campus Point Jr Lifeguards

UCSB Campus Point - Junior Lifeguards offers children ages 8-17 the opportunity to learn and train with professional lifeguards.

Jr Lifeguards is more than just a summer camp, participants will gain a wide variety of skills, knowledge and valuable experience which builds self-confidence and skills for life.
Program topics include oceanography, first aid, CPR, water rescue techniques, mutual cooperation, competition techniques, and lifesaving methods.

Our Instructors are a mix of local teachers and college students with many years of lifeguarding experience and Jr Lifeguard program participation. Program staff provide a fun and safe aquatic education to UCSB JG participants.

See JG Journals for weekly program information.

2019 Dates

Rookie Days - June 19, 20 & 21
Session 1 - June 24-July 19
Session 2 - July 22- August 15

Registration Information

If your child participated in UCSB Jr Guards during Summer 2018 or Summer 2017 you may register at anytime via our online registration portal. All others must attend a tryout. 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. See right hand column for dates.

Tryouts 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)

Participant Tryout Dates:
Sunday April 7, 2-3:30pm
Saturday April 27, 2-3:30pm
Sunday May 19, 12 - 1:30pm
Saturday June 8, 12-1:30pm
All tryouts are held at the UCSB Rec Cen Pools. Please fill out the "Tryout Application" and bring to your tryout session.

Assistant Tryout Date:
Saturday April 27, 9am 

This requires all applicants to be at the Rec Cen pool at 9am.
Assistant positions are open to past Jr Guard program participants only.

Instructor Tryout Dates:
Sunday April 7 at 9am
Sunday April 28 at 9am
Instructor try-outs are held at Goleta Beach. Priority hiring given to the April 7th try-out candidates

Raging Waters Trip
Online registration is not available for this activity. Please visit the Rec Cen Customer Service Center to pay.

Registration Form
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 do not wish to use online registration and for new participants to bring to tryouts.

Uniform purchases can be made at the afternoon participant try-outs (see right column for dates and times).

2019 Fees

$380 per 4-week session

$615 for both sessions

Assistants and "added siblings" may apply for a 10% discount .
Assistants may receive substantial tuition reduction if selected.
Scholarship availability is pending.

SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY!! Instructors receive Red Cross lifeguard training and USLA Open Water 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.

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

Review our Refund/Transfer/Cancellation Policy & Fees here

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.

Participants must attend a try-out before registering. Returning program participants from 2017 and/or 2018 do not have to try-out before registering.

2019 Tryout Dates

Sunday April 7, 2-3:30pm

Saturday April 27, 2-3:30pm

Sunday May 19, 12 - 1:30pm

Saturday June 8, 12-1:30pm

All tryouts will be held at the UCSB Rec Cen Pools. Please fill out the "Tryout Application" and bring to your tryout session.


JG Journals

Rookie Week

Session 1:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Session 2:
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7 
Week 8

Swim Tune-Up Clinic

Need to brush up on swim skills before Summer? Then join the Swim Tune-Up clinic. 

Sundays, April 7-May 12

*No clinic April 21

Program Location

Campus Point, Goleta Beach & UCSB facilities
8:30am to 12:30pm

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

Contact Information

(805) 893-7616 ext. 3

Emergency Contact
Please contact main camp office first at (805) 893-3913. In cases of "emergency only" when other options are unavailable you may call the RecCen Lifeguard Office at 805-893-7213. This line is not to be used for general questions regarding registration or camp info.


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.