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Junior Lifeguard Program


The Volusia County Junior Lifeguard Program was started in 1990 as a springboard for education in water safety, lifesaving techniques and beach ecology. As we enter our 25th season, we are dedicated to providing our participants with the best instruction possible so that one day they can be confident and efficient lifeguards. Our Junior Lifeguard instructors are professionals in the areas of beach lifeguarding, ocean safety and related activities. Tryouts and camps are held each summer. To participate, youths must be between 9 and 15 and pass tryouts. Selected youths can then attend the junior lifeguard camps held weekly beginning in June. Please enjoy our site and remember to always swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower!

So, unless you’re looking forward to another hot, dry summer, register for a summer of fun! For more information, contact us at jrlifeguard@volusia.org or 386-547-0246.




Tryouts and Eligiblity

To be eligible to participate in the Junior Lifeguard Program, participants must be from 9 to 15 years old, and pass the swimming requirements.  Requirements include:

  • Swim 100 yards in no more than 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
  • Tread water for 5 minutes.
  • Swim underwater for 10 feet.

Returning guards do NOT need to attend a tryout

The Junior Lifeguard Program is not a “learn to swim” program. Swimming skills are a must! Tryout dates and locations are listed below. A Junior Lifeguard Instructor will be at every tryout if you have further questions about the camp. 

Tryout Locations(Google Map)


$150 first session (includes uniform)
$125 additional session (limit 1)

Returning guards do NOT need to attend a tryout

Daily Activities

Our staff takes great care in planning for each day’s activities to ensure that all of our participants enjoy their junior lifeguard experience to the greatest extent possible. Many factors are taken into consideration such as ocean conditions and the skill level and interests of the participants

Drop-off and Pickup Locations
In order to ensure the safety of all participants we have designated specific locations for parents to drop-off and pickup their children. Our staff will meet them here and escort them to the program location. Drop-off and pickup are also the best times for parents to meet with our staff to ask questions or to provide us with any information concerning their participants

"A", "B", and "C" Groups
On the first day participants are assigned to the A, B, or C group according to their age.

  • A Group:13 to 15 years old and all Assistant Instructors
  • B Group: 11 to 12 years old
  • C Group: 9 to 10 years old

Participants may be reassigned as needed based upon skill level or request. For youths interested in learning advanced skills, stand-up paddle-boarding and surfing instruction and competition training there is an "advanced" camp. To qualify for the advanced camp you must have attended 3 prior junior camp sessions.

Other Activities

We provide a variety of activities each day to keep our program exciting! Daily activities include the following:

Health and physical fitness

  • Stretching and aerobic exercises
  • Proper nutrition and hydration
  • Skin cancer prevention/Sun protection


  • Profession training in CPR and first aid
  • Treatment and protection of C-Spine (neck injuries)

Rescue Techniques

  • Preventive lifeguarding skills
  • Identification of ocean conditions
  • Rescue paddleboard training
  • Distressed swimmers
  • Mock ocean rescues

Educational Activities

  • Oceanography and marine biology
  • Environmental impacts and issues

Recreational Activities

  • Basic paddling instruction
  • Free-swim periods
  • Beach games and competitions
  • Crazy-hair days, sandwich day, and cookie day

Uniform/Equipment Requirements

What to bring to camp?

Beach Scouts

Beach Scouts are the veteran Junior Lifeguards who have completed at least 3 camps and function as the assistant instructors. They have the opportunity to earn community service hours towards the Bright Futures Scholarship. Beach Scouts are required to provide the Volusia County form for their hours and are responsible for making sure their hours are accurate and signed off by the program director. 

Safe Kids Camp

Each summer, Beach Safety in conjunction with the local Police Athletic Leagues, host a Safe-kids camp for 3 days of beach time. These  children, most with less experience in the ocean, learn basic safety skills on swimming with a buddy, with something that floats, and to stay waist deep. They are taught to always swim in front of a lifeguard and are educated on the beach environment. Participation includes team building and confidence boosting activities in the surf and sand.