Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguard Program

Updated (June 23, 2020): California State Parks has cancelled the 2020 Junior Lifeguard Program as the state continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Participants who have signed up for the program are being notified and refunds will be provided automatically.

For more than 50 years, the Junior Lifeguard Program has emphasized teamwork, leadership and aquatic safety while introducing young people, ages 9 to 16, to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program consists of day camps, usually lasting three to five weeks, that provide instruction in first aid, CPR, ocean safety, rescue techniques, surfing and bodyboarding. The State of California values programs such as this one, but it is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the junior lifeguards, their families and program instructors. State Parks will consult with public safety partners and health experts on how to move forward with the 2021 program.
For the most up-to-date information on how the department is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Dear Junior Lifeguard Families and Prospective New Students,

Welcome to the Junior Lifeguard Program here at Oceano Dunes! Our program began in 2013 and we are planning another action packed educational program for our participants.  
Registration is currently not open. Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguards are waiting for an update from the the state. Thank you for your patience. 
Visit ReserveCalifornia.com to register.

Message: In an effort to protect public health and the safety of visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus), California State Parks is postponing the Junior Lifeguard Program registration for summer programs until May and will reevaluate at that time. Participants who have already enrolled will not be dropped. If you have questions please reach out to the specific program for assistance.


The department is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is committed to following the state’s efforts to help slow the spread of the pandemic disease.

We also remind everyone to practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors and anyone who is coughing and sneezing.


We have two three week sessions for 2020:
Session I: June 22nd to July 10th, 2020
Session II: July 13th to July 31st, 2020
The program runs Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Price for one session: $275
Price for two sessions: $500
Tryout dates for the 2020 program are posted! Please visit Tryout Information for more info.
If you'd like to be added to the email list please email: Kyle.Goodrich@parks.ca.gov 
Thank you for your patience. 
Be sure to check out our new Instagram and Facebook pages!

Located in the tabs to the right are enrollment documents and the Parent Handbook. Please take the time to read and share the information contained in the handbook with your Junior Lifeguard. You will also find the handbook invaluable before, during, and after the program when you have questions about:

• Tryout testing standards
• Tuition Assistance Program
• Behavioral expectations of students
• Tryout waiver for returning Junior Lifeguard
• Refund policy
• Disciplinary procedure
• Important contact information

Jr Lifeguard PhotoProgram Objectives:
The objective of the Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguard Program is to provide quality water safety education. Further, the program is designed to improve young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their peers and their parents.

Recreational objectives are accomplished by instruction and practice in open water swimming, paddle boarding, body surfing, body boarding, surfboard riding, skin diving, and self rescue. Respect for the environment is increased by the understanding gained by the student’s daily physical contact with the environment and through lecture and discussion of pertinent marine and environmental topics. Increased respect for themselves is gained through the student’s personal progress and pride in self-accomplishment. Respect for others is increased by the student’s constant contact with compassionate Instructors and by working with other youths in a team-building environment.

The Junior Lifeguard Program is using these special opportunities to introduce non-traditional user groups to the wonders of the marine and aquatic recreation environments. It is our hope that by offering recreational opportunities to our youth that we will increase the quality of our present and future communities.
Smooth Bus has supported us from year one by providing transportation for our JG's from Santa Maria and Nipomo to Oceano every day of the program. With Smooth's help, we can reach a demographic which needs ocean safety education. Many of our new student's have never been in the ocean before joining the program. By the end of the session they are competent ocean goers, having learned skills which may save their life and having found new healthy hobbies and a connection to nature which may last a lifetime.