Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards

Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards

Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards Logo over Historic Photo

At Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards, daily workouts and competitions keep kids and teens active as they learn teamwork and build lasting friendships.

Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards learn from experienced and highly-trained beach lifeguards, spending the seven-week summer session mastering water safety, first aid, surf lifesaving, and marine concepts.

Our highly-trained lifeguard instructors have designed the “JGs” curriculum to ensure that fitness and physical exertion are balanced with confidence-building and camaraderie. For every competition, there’s a field trip, leadership lesson, or even a movie night to balance it out.

Swimming Skills and Swim Clinics

Strong swimming skills are a must for Junior Lifeguard participants. All new JGs must pass a non-competitive swim test in order to qualify, so future Junior Lifeguards unsure they’d pass are encouraged to sign up for one of our Junior Lifeguards Swim Clinics to get them ready.

Program Options

We offer both the full, seven-week Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards program and a shortened, two-week version for the younger half of the SBJGs age range, Little Nippers.

The full program is separated into three groups. Group placement is based on the participant’s age as of July 1, 2017 (the National Junior Lifeguard standard).

Important Dates

Swim Test

The swim test for new participants will be held in early May. Please see the events list on this page for more information.

Parents’ Night

Parents of new JGs, welcome! Parents’ Night is a great introduction to the program; please see the event box on this page for more information.

Swim Clinics

We have two swim clinics available for those who need extra coaching to get ready for the Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards swim test.


Ages range from 7-17

Fee $418/$380 for seven-week Junior Lifeguards program, or $187/$170 for the two-week Little Nippers program

Session for Full Junior Lifeguards Program 6/19-8/4 , M-F, 10:30AM-2:00PM

Session for Little Nippers 6/12-6/23, M-F, 10:30AM-2:00PM

Location East Beach

Phone (805) 897-2680

Pair with Land and Sea Camp

Need an afternoon camp with a late pickup to go with this one?

Campers ages 6-12 registered in this camp are eligible for our new long-afternoon Land and Sea Camp!

Location Information


East Beach

Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara CA 93103

(805) 897-2680