The Sand Crab program is back for summer 2022! The Sand Crab group is the youngest age division of the Huntington Beach Fire Department Junior Lifeguard program. The Sand Crab group incorporates the same principles of our world-renowned HBFD Junior Lifeguard Program in a way that is accessible and safe for younger children. The Sand Crab group is a perfect introduction to the Junior Lifeguard family.

REMINDER: Sand Crabs must try out each spring for the summer program. 



Purpose of the Program

To acquaint the youth of the community with the experience of the beach and its hazards, while creating an environment that will teach them courtesy, respect, discipline, sound morals, and good sportsmanship.


Sand Crabs


Skills Developed

Ocean and beach knowledge, bodysurfing, bodyboarding, competition, volleyball, and miscellaneous beach games, activities, field trips, and ecology




Due to the need for safety and the popularity of the program, we must limit the number of Sand Crabs. Participants must be 7-8 years old as of July 1, 2022 and each child is allowed only one session/time for the summer. Each session will be M-Th with both an afternoon and morning session.

2022 Sessions: (Dates / Days / Times)

  • 6/27–7/14 / ​M–Th / 8:45–11:45am

  • 6/27–7/14 / M–Th / 1:15–4:15pm

  • 7/25–8/11 / ​M–Th / 8:45–11:45am

  • 7/25–8/11 / ​M–Th / 1:15–4:15pm



To participate in the 2022 Sand Crab group, you must meet the following requirements. 


  1. Be at between 7 and 8 years old. Must be 7 or 8 years old by July 1, 2022.

  2. Pass Sand Crab Tryout consisting of the following standards:

50 yard swim at or under one minute and fifteen seconds

Tread water for 2 minutes

Swim underwater for 5 yards​​


Click here for more information on Tryouts 




Thank you for your interest in the 2022 Sand Crab group. For more information on enrollment please visit our "How To Enroll" page for more information.