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Tryout Information

The Junior Lifeguard Tryout is a multi-event test that tests the swimming ability, endurance, and confidence of a prospective junior lifeguard participant. This passing of the junior lifeguard swim test is a requirement prior to enrollment in the HBFD Junior Lifeguard program. This is usually performed around April and May prior to the start of the Junior Lifeguard Program.

General Tryout Information

The HBFD Junior Lifeguard Tryouts is made up of three separate events. Performed in the following order.

1. A 100-yard swim (50 Yards for Sand Crabs)

2. A treading water test

3. Underwater swim test

The Requirements to pass are as follows:

"A", "B", & "C" Divisions:

  • Swim 100 yards at or under one minute and 50 seconds

  • Tread water for five minutes 

  • Swim underwater for 10 yards 

"Sand Crab" Division:

  • Swim 50 yards at or under one minute and 15 seconds

  • Tread water for 2 minutes 

  • Swim underwater for 5 yards

What to bring:

  • Swimsuit

  • Towel

  • Goggles (optional but suggested)

  • Swimming Cap (optional but suggested)

Tryout Dates:

Junior Lifeguard Tryouts

April 2    8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

April 16  8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

April 23  8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

April 30  8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PM Session Only, no Sibling Priority

May 16  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pacific Sands Cabana Club

Sand Crabs Tryouts

April 2    1 p.m. to 4:30 pm.

April 16  1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PM Session Two only, no Sibling Priority

May 31   6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How to Sign Up:


Create an account on HB Sands to access the programming available

through HB Community & Library Services, including HBJGs and MSE classes.

Important Dates:

February 22 - first day to create an family account

March 7 - first day to register for tryouts or other city programs

May 20 - registration closes for HBJGs

Please watch the video below for a demonstration of the tryout.

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