While visiting Huntington Beach in the summer, you may see groups of youngsters running or swimming along the beach dressed in red swimsuits. These are our Junior Lifeguards. The City of Huntington Beach is proud to host one of the world's finest junior lifeguard programs.
Established in 1963, the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard program teaches children to recognize potential hazardous conditions associated with the ever-changing conditions on the beach. Participants are taught first aid, CPR, ocean and beach safety, lifesaving methods, ecology, and competition techniques for bodysurfing, body boarding and board surfing. An emphasis is placed on safety, respect, physical fitness, instruction and discipline.
1,100 students participate in the program each year and participants are not limited to Huntington Beach residents. The program has included students from Germany, France, England, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico, in addition to students from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Utah and Florida. Formal international exchange programs have also been held with institutions in New Zealand, Australia and Germany.
Many students return year after year, eventually graduating to become full-fledged Ocean Lifeguards and Huntington Beach Marine Safety Officers. Those wishing to participate must meet certain requirements and try out for the program. For more information on the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard program, visit its website.