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2023 Enrollment Information

General Enrollment Information

2023 PROGRAM SCHEDULE: June 26 through August 11, 2023, Monday through Thursday, Fridays*
Morning Session     8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session   1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SAND CRAB GROUP SCHEDULE: Monday through Thursday, with morning and afternoon sessions.

See the Sand Crab Group page for more information.

*Fridays are optional and reserved for events, off-campus field trips, and optional surf days. More information to follow for registered participants.

REQUIREMENTS: Open to boys and girls ages 9 through 17 (as of July 1, 2023).  Applicants must possess a basic swimming ability to be able to pass the following prerequisite exams:


A      14-17 years old

B      12-13 years old

C      9-11 years old

​Sand Crabs   7-8 years old

"A", "B", & "C" Division:

  • Swim 100 yards at or under one minute and 50 seconds (1:50)

  • Tread water for five minutes 

  • Swim underwater for 10 yards ​

"Sand Crab" Division:

  • Swim 50 yards at or under one minute and 15 seconds (1:15)

  • Tread water for 2 minutes 

  • Swim underwater for 5 yards 

TRYOUTS: Reservations Required

Location: Golden West College Pool

15744 Golden West St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Junior Lifeguard Tryout Dates/Times:

Dates:  April 2*, 16*, 23 and 30

Time: 8 a.m. -12:00 p.m., and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*Morning Tryout is only for Junior Lifeguards

PM Session Only Tryout

Date: May 16

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pacific Sands Cabana Club

Sand Crab Tryout Dates/Times:

Dates:  April 2 and 16

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

PM Session Two Only Tryout

Date: May 31

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pacific Sands Cabana Club

Registration for tryouts open:

Please click here to see what our tryout entails!

Registration Fees:

HB Junior Lifeguard Program:  $556 for resident or $583 for non-resident, one session per participant

Sand Crab:  $159 per participant, one session per participant

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Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Junior Guard family! Please see the steps below for 2023 Junior Guard Enrollment.

Registration opens March 7th, 2023 for Swim Test appointments! 

All 2023 Enrollment will take place on our city's new recreation registration website.

Step 1.

Create an account on Start by adding parent information first, then add your children as additional members to your account. 

Step 2.

After creating an account you may register for a Junior Lifeguard Swim Test or Sand Crab Swim test. To enroll in a swim test, Navigate to Marine Safety Education Tab and select either Sand Crab Swim Test or Junior Lifeguard Swim Test. Select an appointment and register your child.

Step 3.

Successfully complete the Junior Lifeguard Swim Test or Sand Crab Swim Test. 


Step 4. 

Upon successful completion of the swim test, you will receive specific instructions on registration/payment. We will enter your information into our system and registration will be enabled on your account. This may take a few days to process. 

Step 5. 

Once registration is enabled on your account, on navigate to Marine Safety Education then Junior Lifeguards / Sand Crabs. Select AM or PM session and enroll. If a class is full you may opt to be placed on the waitlist.


Due to the high demand for AM session enrollment in the C and B age groups,  there will be a lottery for AM session placement. More details on the AM session lottery will be sent at a later date.


Sand Crab AM session will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Step 6. 

Become part of the Junior Guard family!

Got Questions?

Click below to read our FAQ's or contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

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