Since 1964, the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard program has ranked as a world-renowned, summer-long program that runs from June to August. Each summer, the program teaches more than 1,200 youth in our community ocean swimming and its hazards, while exposing them to an environment that will teach them courtesy, respect, discipline, sound morals, and good sportsmanship. Children ages 9 to 17 years old spend either the morning or afternoon with a professional ocean lifeguard, learning about rip currents, waves, sportsmanship, marine mammals, and lifeguard operations.
Since late June, the Junior Lifeguards (JGs) have accomplished many activities such as a three-mile run, swims (including the pier swim), and learning about Public Safety Week, which featured the HB Fire Department, HB Police Department, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, and the Marine Mammal Center. The program also introduced hands only CPR this summer with the intention of teaching all JGs to teach their families.
During their last week, the JGs are spending time in the water with snorkeling, surfing, and floatopia (utilizing all things that float, like inflatable unicorns). The JGs graduation is set for Friday, August 12 at Central Park. Visit the HBFD Junior Lifeguard Program website for more information.