The San Clemente Junior Lifeguard Program is an ocean and beach safety program for young people ages 9-17. Participants receive education and experience in ocean safety, first aid, rescue techniques, body surfing, board surfing, body boarding, physical fitness, and, Marine Safety operations.  


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All new students must pass a swim test to be eligible to register for the Junior Lifeguard Program. The swim test is conducted at the San Clemente Aquatics Center.  A passing swim test is four laps (100 yards) under 2:00 minutes. Swim test is $5.00. No refunds and no walk-ins.

What to bring with you to the swim test:

     1. Proof of age ( printed copy of child's birth certificate or passport)
     2. Proof of residency for San Clemente residents (printed utility bill)
         Non-residents do not need to show proof of residency.

Your child will not be tested without the required documentation. No Exceptions.


Saturdays | 9:00 am - 10:30 am
March 21, 2020   (bar-code 11801)- Canceled
March 28, 2020   (bar-code 11802)- Canceled
April 4, 2020        (bar-code 11978)
April 11, 2020      (bar-code 11979)
April 18, 2020      (bar-code 11980)

Sundays | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
March 22, 2020   (bar-code 11981)- Canceled
March 29, 2020   (bar-code 11982)- Canceled
April 19, 2020      (bar-code 11983)
May 17, 2020      (bar-code 11984)

Unfortunately, Junior Lifeguard Swim Tests are canceled for March 21st ,22nd,28th, and 29th. We will look to reschedule these test dates. We will leave a credit on your recreation account to register for another swim test date. We hope to keep our other scheduled test dates. We will update the website with added swim test dates as we have them available.

 Our priority is to protect the welfare, safety, and well-being of all participants, while also protecting the health and safety of our Lifeguards and staff. The City supports the CDC and OCHCA recommendations to use every day preventative measures such as; washing hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, avoiding touching your face with dirty hands, cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, and staying home when you are sick.

Please know that these decisions do not come lightly and are made with the best interest of our patron’s health and safety in mind. We will continue to assess our operations daily and consult with OCHCA for recommendations and possible further changes. We will keep you informed of any necessary changes as information becomes available. We appreciate your support and understanding as we adapt to this fluid situation.



Registration opens Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 8:00 am

Session I: June 8, 2020 - June 26, 2020
AM: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (bar-code 11803)
PM: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (bar-code 11804)

Session II: June 29, 2020 - July 17, 2020
AM: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (bar-code 11805)
PM: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (bar-code 11806)

Session III: July 20, 2020 - August 7, 2020
AM: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (bar-code 11807)
PM: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (bar-code 11808)

Residents - $235
Nonresidents - $260

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Call (949)361-8261




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