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The Sand Crab program is back for summer 2024! 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.

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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, 2024 and each child is allowed only one session/time for the summer. Each session three-week session will be M-Th, either morning or afternoon.

2024 Sessions: (Dates / Days / Times)

  • June 24 – July 11  / ​M–Th / 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., or 1:15 p.m.– 4:15 p.m.

  • July 22 – August 8  /  ​M–Th / 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., or 1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.



To participate in the 2023 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, 2024.

  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 

Enroll Sand Crab



Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Sand Crab group. For more information on enrollment please visit our "How To Enroll" page for more information. 

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