The Volusia County Junior Lifeguard Program was started in 1990 as a springboard for education in water safety, lifesaving techniques and beach ecology. 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! For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tryouts and Eligiblity
To be eligible to register and 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 JR 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.
Registration will be online starting in February and payments must be made by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). New JR guards must pass tryouts before registering in the program. Cash and checks will not be accepted this season. All registration in online.
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
- 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.
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
- Training in CPR and first aid
- Treatment and protection of C-Spine (neck injuries)
- Preventive lifeguarding skills
- Identification of ocean conditions
- Rescue paddleboard training
- Distressed swimmers
- Mock ocean rescues
- Oceanography and marine biology
- Environmental impacts and issues
- Basic paddling instruction
- Free-swim periods
- Beach games and competitions
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 Co-ordinator.