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. 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 jrlifeguard@volusia.org.

2019 brochure
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Jr Lifeguard Parent Handbook

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Junior Lifeguard Eligibility

To be eligible to register and participate in the Junior Lifeguard Program, participants must be 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.

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. Returning Junior Lifeguards do NOT need to attend a tryout.

jr lifeguards heading out in the ocean 

Tryouts and locations

  • Saturday May 4
    • Deltona YMCA  8-10 AM
    • Deland YMCA  11-1 PM
    • Port Orange YMCA  2-4 PM
  • Saturday May 11
    • Ormond YMCA 8-10 AM
    • Cypress Aquatic Center  11-1 PM
    • Port Orange YMCA  2-4 PM​
  • Saturday May 18
    • Ormond 8-10 AM
    • Cypress Aquatic  11-1PM
    • Edgewater 2-4PM​
  • Saturday May 25
    • Edgewater 8-10 AM
    • Deland  11-1 PM
    • Port Orange   2-4 PM
  • Saturday June 8
    • Cypress Aquatic 9-1PM​
  • Saturday June 15
    • Cypress Aquatic 9-1 PM

Camps and locations

  • Week 1 (June 10-14)
    Andy Romano Beachfront Park
    839 S Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach
  • Week 2 (June 17-21)
    Frank Rendon Park
    2655 S Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores
  • Week 3 (June 24-28)
    207 Buenos Aires Ave., New Smyrna Beach
  • Week 4 (July 8-12)
    Andy Romano Beachfront Park
    839 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach
  • Week 5 (July 15-19)
    Frank Rendon Park
    2705 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores
  • Advanced Camp (July 22-26)
    Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Point Park
    5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet


Registration will be online starting April 1, 2019 and payments must be made by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). New Junior Lifeguards must pass tryouts before registering in the program. Cash and checks will not be accepted this season. All registration is online.

Uniform and Gear Pickup

Junior Lifeguard staff will be available Saturdays (May 4, 11, 18 ,25 & June 8) at Beach Headquarters between 8 and 4 p.m. for uniform sizing and selection.

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.

On the first day participants are assigned to the A, B, or C group according to their age (based on their age the first day of camp).

  • 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 three prior junior camp sessions. We provide a variety of activities each day to keep our program exciting! Daily activities include:

Health and physical fitness

  • Stretching and aerobic exercises
  • Skin cancer prevention/Sun protection


  • 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

Items participants should bring

  • Snacks, lunch and drinks (please put participant’s name on all items including coolers). Note: meals, snacks and drinks are not provided.  
  • Wear sunscreen and suit
  • Junior Lifeguard bag
  • Towel

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

kids on lifeguard stand

Beach Scouts

Beach Scouts are the veteran Junior Lifeguards who have completed at least 3 camps and function as the assistant instructors. Scout candidates are required to swim the 100 yard freestyle at one of the try-out sessions. Additionally, scout candidates will need to submit a written assignment to jrlifeguard@volusia.org in reference to their specific abilities/skills and interests in serving as a scout. Scouts will 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 coordinator.

Ray Manchester

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