Junior Lifeguard

What is the Junior Lifeguard Program?

The Junior Lifeguard Summer Camp is run by the LA County Fire Department Lifeguard Division. The camp is offered to all boys and girls in Los Angeles County. The program is designed to instruct youth (ages 9 through 17) in beach and ocean skills. The program provides instruction in water safety, swimming, body surfing, surfing, physical conditioning, competition skills, first aid, lifesaving, rescue techniques, CPR and the use of professional lifesaving equipment.

The two summer camps offered are:
Summer 2017 Program Dates
Session 1: June 19th-July 20th
Session 2: July 24th-August 18th

To qualify for the summer program there is a swim test for the kids. The first test is on Saturday, April 29th @ Loyola Marymount Univ. The other test dates are Sunday, May 14th and Sunday, May 21st. Most kids will want to be ready by the first test date because the sooner a child passes, the more likely he/she will be to get assigned to their beach of choice. (First come, first served.)

In order to become a JG, your child must complete a 100-yard pool swim test under:
1:50 for 9-11 year olds – C Group
1:40 for 12-13 year olds – B Group
1:30 for 14-17 year olds – A Group
and complete a 7′ surface dive to retrieve a swimming ring.

For more information on LAFD Junior Guards visit https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/lifeguard/lifeguard-youth-programs

For up to date information on the tests visit http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/lifeguard/lifeguard-youth-programs/jg-swim-test

What is our Junior Lifeguard Program?

Starting in February we will have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm for 40 minutes. In the classes the children will focus on endurance/speed training to get them under their age group qualifying time. They will also get additional coaching on technique, tread water, towing, rescues, proper breathing, flip turns etc. The classes will continue through the Summer.


For: Water safe children who need to qualify for the Junior Lifeguard summer camp.Water safe children who can swim full laps of the big pool (25 yards) and are familiar with all four strokes
Prerequisite: Swimmer must be over 9 years old, Water Safe and comfortably swim 25 yards (1 length of big pool) using front crawl without stopping
Goal: Pass the Junior Lifeguard test
Where: Centre Pointe Club in Playa Vista (swimmer must be a resident)
Ages: 8 years and up
Duration: Twice a week for 40 minutes
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 4.00pm to 4.40pm
Equipment needed: Goggles, junior kickboard, junior pull buoy and PVS Silicon Swim Hat
Cost: $100 a month membership (automatically billed)
Notes: Water Safe means swimmer can rescue themselves if they fall into a body of water fully clothed.

*Please register your child here and on the billing page check the “JUNIOR LIFEGUARD” program.

Online registration

*There is a $25 registration fee for new members. If you are a current or former member of Playa Vista Swimming e-mail us at playavistaswimming@gmail.com. Tell us your child’s name and you would like to enroll them in the Junior Lifeguard program.