Capitola Jr. Guards

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The Capitola Junior Lifeguard program is a very active, physically challenging, competitive program which provides instruction in the basic fundamentals of ocean water safety, first aid, lifesaving, fitness, and good sportsmanship. Junior Guards are required to swim or be involved in ocean-oriented activities every day, so they must be comfortable swimming in the ocean before enrolling in the program. Activities include open water swimming, paddle boarding, body surfing, surfing, races, mock rescues, beach & water games, calisthenics and work-outs, and competitions. Program fees include instruction, official t-shirt and patch, and discounts with local merchants.

Swim Test: Junior Guards are required to swim or be involved in ocean-oriented activities every day, so they must be comfortable swimming in the ocean before enrolling in the program. All Junior Guards (ages 9 & up) will be required to pass a swim test on the first day of the program; they must be able to swim 100 yards (about 4 lengths of a pool) in under 2:30 minutes without help and be able to tread water for at least 5 minutes. Little Guards (ages 6-8) must be comfortable in the ocean, in being submerged in water and able to tread water. Swim lessons prior to enrolling in the program are highly recommended. Junior Guards who are unable to pass the swim test will be dropped from the program.

Captains Corps: This rewarding work-training program for Guards ages 16 & 17, includes instruction and CPR certification to prepare participants to be future Junior Lifeguard Instructors. Tower time and a commitment of at least 2 hours per week assisting with the afternoon Little Guards and C Division is required. You must have participated in Junior Lifeguards for at least 2 years to be eligible for Captains Corps. The program is offered at a reduced rate: All participants: $130 per session; $250 all summer.

2015 DATES

Session 1: June 15 - July 17 (no program on July 3)
Session 2: July 20 - August 14

2015 Competition dates:
Seacliff: June 24 & 25
Capitola: July 8 & 9; Tola Fest Alumni Competition on Friday, July 10
Santa Cruz: August 5 & 6
Regionals (Huntington Beach): July 24

PRICES

Price for Session 1:
Resident: $242 (A “resident” is anyone residing within the boundaries of the City of Capitola and the Soquel Union Elementary School District.)
Non-Resident: $275

Price For Session 2:
Resident: $192 (A “resident” is anyone residing within the boundaries of the City of Capitola and the Soquel Union Elementary School District.)
Non-Resident: $220

Group Photo (All Guards):
Session 1: $12
Session 2: $12

Please note: Our "resident"" boundaries have changed since the 2014 program. A "resident" now includes anyone residing within the boundaries of the City of Capitola and the Soquel Union Elementary School District, approximately 38th Avenue to Santa Cruz Gardens to Cabrillo College, inclusive.

2015 Junior Guard Program Scholarships: The Junior Lifeguard Parents Club and the Capitola Public Safety and Community Service Foundation will be offering a limited number of scholarships for the 2015 Junior Lifeguard program. You must apply by March 6, 2015 for either Session. See the links at the bottom of this page for applying and to print out the application.

*** REFUND POLICY - PLEASE READ BEFORE SIGNING UP ***

Please realize that the recreation department has to arrange staffing, supplies and equipment needs for the entire summer at the beginning of the summer; refunds can have a significant impact on the program and staff. Please be sure your child wants to attend before signing him or her up, especially for both sessions. Please review the 2015 refund policies outlined below before registering:

  • There is a $50 fee for refunds given prior to May 29th for Session 1 and July 2nd for Session 2.
  • A refund, less 50% of the fees, will be given if requested June 1st – June 16th for Session 1 and July 6th – July 21st for Session 2 (this is the 2 weeks prior to the start of the program and through the second day of the program).
  • After the second day of the program, no refunds will be given.
  • Student injuries that occur outside of but during the program that preclude the student’s continuation in the program will be given a pro-rated refund based upon the remaining number of days in the program, including the date of injury. You may be required to provide documentation regarding an injury.
  • There is no refund of fees for students who are suspended or removed from the program for disciplinary reasons.
     

SESSION 1 SCHEDULE:

Mornings

#2001.400 Captains, All Summer 16-17 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon
#2001.401 Captains, 1st Session Only 16-17 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon
#2002.401 Group A 14-15 years Monday - Friday 9 am - noon
#2003.401 Group B 12-13 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon
#2008.401 Competitive 11 year-olds only  11 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon
#2011.401 **FULL** Little Guards 6-8 years Monday - Friday 9am - Noon

 

Afternoons

#2004.401 Group C 9-11 years Monday - Friday 1-4 pm
#2005.401 Little Guards  6 years Monday - Friday 1-4 pm
#2006.401 Little Guards 7 years Monday - Friday 1-4 pm
#2007.401 Little Guards 8 years Monday - Friday 1-4 pm

 

SESSION 2 SCHEDULE:

Mornings

#2001.402 Captains, 2nd Session Only 16-17 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon
#2002.402 Group A 14-15 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon
#2003.402 Group B 12-13 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon
#2008.402 Group C 9-11 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon
#2011.402 Little Guard 6-8 years Monday - Friday 9 am - Noon

 

Afternoons

#2004.402 Group C 9-11 years Monday - Friday 1-4 pm
#2005.402 Little Guards 6 years Monday - Friday 1-4 pm
#2006.402 Little Guards 7 years Monday - Friday 1-4 pm
#2007.402 Little Guards 8 years Monday - Friday 1-4 pm

 

2015 JUNIOR GUARDS REGISTRATION INFORMATION

RETURNING GUARDS (from the 2014 program only) & NEW GUARDS AGES 12 & UP:
Registration begins March 16. Register your child with the group that corresponds to his or her age as of July 1, 2015. Register any time between March 16 and Friday, April 10 to retain your priority registration or to enroll your older Guard.

  • We cannot accept online registration, but you can print out the forms below, once they are added, and mail them in or bring them in to our office with your payment.
  • If you are registering a returning Junior Guard from last year and also want to register a sibling new to the program, you can register both during this time.
  • For legal reasons, we must have original forms; please do not fax in forms. Faxed-in forms will be returned to you and your child will not be registered until we receive original forms.
  • If you do not register prior to April 10, you will lose your priority status and will be treated as a new registration, on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

NEW GUARDS, AGES 6-11:
Registration is first-come, first-served, and opens Monday, April 13, during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Capitola Recreation office, 4400 Jade Street, Capitola. You can download the registration forms and Parents Information Packet from this page, once they are added (see below). We cannot accept online registration, but you can print out the forms and mail them in or bring them in to our office with your payment. For legal reasons, we must have original forms; please do not fax in forms. Faxed-in forms will be returned to you and your child will not be registered until we receive original forms.

  • Register your child with the age group that corresponds to his or her age as of July 1, 2015.
  • If you are registering in person, please bring your child's birth certificate with you to the office so we can verify his or her age.
  • If you are registering by mail, please provide a copy of your child's birth certificate (it will be shredded).
  • Mail-in or Walk-in registration only.

 

JG Red Bathing Suits

All Jr. Guards should wear red sport bathing suits that are appropriate for running and competing on the beach and swimming in the ocean. Boys should wear board shorts and girls should wear one-piece suits or two-piece competition suits. A few local places to check include O'Neill Surf Shop (on 41st. Avenue), Free To Ride (in Capitola Village), Play It Again Sports (in Soquel), and other surf shops. If you mention that you are buying a suit for your child who is enrolled in Junior Guards, you may receive a discount.

Junior Guards Sweats, Water Bottles, Accessories

The Parents Club raises money for college scholarships for Junior Guard athletes. The Club sells the JG sweatshirts, sweatpants, beach towels water bottles and other items; these will be available through the recreation office at Jade Street Park and the first 2 days of each session at the beach. Payment can be made with cash or a check made out to: "Junior Guards Parents Club."

**JG Phone at beach: 462-3956

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