The Leo Carrillo Junior Lifeguard Program is FULL, the programs location limits the number participants as does the number and level of instruction and equipment in a year where we are re-building from the loses in the Woolsey Fire. We had an abnormally large turnout to our second tryout and sorrowfully cannot accommodate everyone. We recommend looking into the JG Programs of Ventura, Port Hueneme, and Malibu Makos. Thank you for your overwhelming interest in the Leo Carrillo Junior Lifeguard program.

2019 Junior Lifeguard Program:       July 1 - August 2    $625  Closed         

(Channel Island Trip, rash guard and T-shirt included in tuition)          NO JG's July 4th.                  

2019 Junior Lifeguard Spring and Summer "Surf Sessions":                 

Surf Session #20   Aug 5 - 9   $250


Sibling Assistance; There will be a $25 sibling discount for 2019 season!

The Malibu Seawolves will train your child to pass the upcoming JG tryouts. Go to the Malibu Seawolves website ( or click on our link in “Applications”.                                                                              

Daily Group Calendar (pdf) available in "Applications".

Regular Program Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Exceptions to normal program hours will be announced for field trips and other special events (field trip schedule and information will be posted in News on this site and will be updated as needed).

California State Parks and the Junior Lifeguard Program are not responsible for students outside of scheduled program hours and activities. Parents are responsible for their children immediately prior to and immediately following scheduled Program hours. If riding the bus, parents are responsible for their children at the bus stops before and after the Program. Parents are expected to be prompt at dropping-off and picking-up their Junior Lifeguards. *Please do not park in handicapped parking, red zones, double park, or leave car unattended in a loading zone when picking up or dropping off children.

Location; The Leo Carrillo Junior Lifeguard Program and Surf Camp is held on the beach in front of the north beach day- use parking lot at Leo Carrillo State Beach, approximately one mile south of the Ventura County Line.

There is a $50.00 fee for cancellations made 7 days prior to the first day of instruction. Participants who drop from the program within 6 days prior to the first day through the start of the first day of week (2) will receive a 50% refund of tuition. No refunds will be made after commencement of the first day of instruction of week (2). No refunds for surf camp participants once enrolled. Student injuries that occur during the program that preclude the student’s continuation will be given a pro-rated refund based upon the remaining number of days, including the date of injury. There is no refund for students suspended or for students removed from activities for disciplinary reasons. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The age requirement for Junior Lifeguards and Surf Sessions is 9 to 15 years of age on the first day of instruction. Although some instruction takes place as one large group the students are divided into three groups for the duration of the program. The groups are primarily based on age; but size, strength, ability, and confidence are also considered. Generally, 14-15 year olds are in the “A” group, 12-13 year olds are “B’s”, 9-11 year olds are “C’s. Note: A child may be moved into a different group only at the Coordinator’s discretion.


Enrollment in the Junior Lifeguard Program and Surf Camp is “first come - first served.” Due to the popularity of the programs, enrollment is expected to fill to capacity quickly. Students are considered enrolled in a program when applications are complete and fees are paid in full, reciepts are issued automatically after payment online. Enrollment is limited in the (5) week program to 230 students and to 40 students in the (1) week Surf sessions.

The Junior Lifeguard Program is not a “learn to swim” school. Therefore, prospective students are screened at a tryout to see if they have the minimum skills needed to safely participate in and benefit from the Junior Lifeguard Program. The instructors approve a child's skill level based upon successful completion of the test as well as the child's swimming competence and confidence. We reserve the right to refuse admittance if it is felt a student will adversely affect the safety and welfare of themselves and or others in the program. All new students must successfully complete the testing process to be eligible for the program (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Try-outs for both programs will be held at Malibu High School pool from 1-3pm on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday May 5. At try-outs swimmers must pay $3 at gate to swim, students should have a bathing suit and towel and be ready to swim.

The tryout consists of the following:
1) Swim 100 yards continuously (within the allotted time)
2) Swim 10 yards underwater (in fewer than 3 attempts)
3) Tread water for 5 minutes
Time standards for the 100 yard swim are as follows:
• 14-17 year olds must complete the swim in less than 2 min 30 sec.
• 12-13 year olds must complete the swim in less than 3 min.
• 9-11 year olds must complete the swim in less than 3 min. 30 sec.

Tryouts are waived for returning Junior Lifeguards however all parents must sign the TRYOUT WAIVER on the Junior Lifeguard Application in order to enroll.

The Junior Lifeguard Program is taught by professional State Park Lifeguards and specially-trained support personnel. The Lifeguards have extensive experience and rigorous training in surf and ocean rescue, beach safety, first aid, and CPR and in most cases have many years of grade school and high school teaching and interpretation experience. We have current Instructors that have matriculated through the Junior Guard Program and become professional supervising lifeguards with the State of California.

There will be a minimum of 10 paid Junior Lifeguard Instructors and several volunteer Assistants with the students at all times during the Program (based on full capacity). Further guidance on the beach will be provided by permanent Lifeguard Supervisors, (2) extra seasonal Lifeguards (daily) and guest lecturers present periodically throughout the five-week program. We are targeting a 10 to 1 ratio for our one-week Surf Camp.




We are looking for youths, 15-17 years of age who would like to participate in the Junior Lifeguard Assistant Program. Previous Junior Lifeguard experience, strong ocean swimming skills, and maturity are required. Volunteer Assistants are a valued and integral part of our program and help Instructors with beach set up, equipment management, student supervision and safety. Assistant hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with the last hour set aside for learning Lifeguard-specific job skills and training. All program fees are waived and assistants accumulate volunteer hours within the State Park System.  New Assistant ocean try-outs at North Beach Leo Carrillo, May 25, 9am. Requirements are 500yd swim in under 10 minutes followed by a brief interview, returning Assistants exempt. Assistant Training is June 24 through 26 from 9 until 3 at Leo Carrillo.

Being a Junior Lifeguard Assistant has successfully prepared young people for Seasonal Lifeguard employment and has helped produce some of the finest lifeguards and JG instructors in the state. Interested youths should call the Junior Lifeguard Office (310 457 5775) as soon as possible.



Attendance is taken twice daily. Regular attendance is encouraged and will allow students to fully benefit from the program. Please notify us if your child will be absent.


All JG's need to report in uniform to Leo Carrillo State Beach by 9:30 am and leave the beach at 2 p.m.
9:30 - 9:45 ROLL CALL
(roll call, announcements, notes from parents, remove beach hazards, sunscreen application, etc.)
9:45-10:30 EXERCISE
(stretching, warm-ups, calisthenics, sit-ups, jumping-jacks, push ups, beach runs, buoy swims)
(daily lecture topics include ocean safety, first aid, environmental awareness, ocean recreation, etc.)
12:00 - 12:30 LUNCH (bring your own lunch to eat on beach, sealed container)
12:30 - 1:45 RECREATION
(beach games, ocean recreation, safe use of soft surf-boards, boogie boards, & JG equipment)
(pick up all trash, personal belongings, help clean & put away all JG equipment, catch bus)

Parents and guardians are responsible for their children after 2:00 pm as there is no supervision beyond programmed hours!
*Note: This is a sample itinerary only and these activities may be shuffled occasionally to accommodate other events. Field trip days may have different reporting times and locations. Field trip information will be available on the News page prior to the start of the program and in a daily blog.


JG’s are expected to participate in all activities!!!! Students should be on time, in full uniform, and prepared for a full day on the beach (i.e.: sand, sun, fog, cold weather, cold water, exercise, lectures, etc.). Parents should be aware that rigorous physical exercise and ocean swims are a daily part of the program and an integral aspect of lifesaving. Refusal to participate may result in removal from the program. If a student is unable to participate in certain activities, the student should provide a note (from a parent or guardian) to their Instructor first thing in the morning. Exercise and activities will vary for the children depending on their age, size, strength, ability, confidence level, and ocean conditions. If you have questions, please contact the Coordinator or one of the Instructors.

JG’s should bring the following items to the beach daily:
• Uniform (JG t-shirt & navy blue swimsuit) required
• Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, etc…) highly recommended
• Foot protection (sandals, shoes, booties, etc.) highly recommended
• Large lunch (sack lunch and lots of drinking water) highly recommended
• Back pack & towel (bird/squirrel proof) highly recommended
• Swim fins (optional)
• Wetsuits (spring suits OK) are exceptionally useful during cold water periods and highly recommended for the Surf Camp
• Positive & enthusiastic attitude required!!!


The Leo Carrillo Junior Lifeguard Program makes available the Beach Bus service to and from the beach originating and returning to Agoura with stops at Lindero Canyon Middle School, Agoura High School, Liberty Canyon Road/ Agoura Road. Space on the buses (3) is limited to 200 seats therefore we urge you to reserve your spot as early as possible. To reserve your spot you must complete an application and pay fees for both the bus and the JG Program. If you do not pay bus fees, you cannot receive a Bus Pass to ride on the bus, (NO EXCEPTIONS). Bus fees are $50.00 with seperate check made payable to; the City of Agoura, plus $2 cash each way each day of the program.

We require students to wear a uniform for safety and team camaraderie. The uniforms allow Instructors to safely monitor the children and distinguish them from non-Junior Guard beach visitors. Junior Guards must wear the required uniform in order to participate in the program. The required uniform is a red t-shirt with the Junior Lifeguard logo and or a red rash guard (both included in course fees) and a solid Navy blue swimsuit. Uniforms are picked up on the first day of instruction.

Optional /Recommended Uniform Items: Red hooded JG sweatshirt (available for purchase the first day of the program), hats, Sun screen, short sleeve spring suit (wetsuit), additional JG t-shirts, *Note: Please write your child’s name on his or her uniform and all other personal gear. We are not responsible for lost or misplaced items.

Cost of Uniform Items (Tax included):
• Extra red t-shirts with JG logo $15
• Red hooded sweatshirt with JG logo $35
• Extra Red rash guards $20

We use and for uniform items.

Junior Lifeguard Instructors are distinguished from Assistants and students by the official California State Park Lifeguard uniform red swim trunks/swimsuits and Lifeguard patch, a navy blue t-shirt and navy blue jacket with the official California State Park Lifeguard emblem and Yellow “Instructor” rash guards.

Prospective students desiring special accommodations or services under the Americans with Disabilities Act must notify the Program supervisor at least sixty (60) days prior to the start of the Program, or as soon as reasonably possible.


The California State Junior Lifeguard Program admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the program. The state does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, scholarships, athletic and other program-administered programs.