Ventura County Junior Lifeguard Program accepting applications

OXNARD, Calif. – Enrollment applications are now available to youth interested in participating in the Ventura County 2018 Junior Lifeguard Program.

The Junior Lifeguard Program, sponsored by the Ventura County Harbor Department, offers youth 8 to 15 years of age the opportunity to receive instruction in lifeguard rescue techniques, emergency medical first-aid, ocean sports activity, physical conditioning, marine ecology, and public service. Participants must be 8 years of age by June 18 – the first day of instruction. Enrollment for the program is first-come, first-served. Due to the popularity of the program, enrollment is expected to fill to capacity quickly.

There will be two sessions (each limited to 120 participants) to the program. Session One is scheduled from June 18 to July 13 and Session Two is scheduled from July 16 to August 10. Each session will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday – Friday, at Silver Strand Beach. Applications can be picked up at the Ventura County Harbor Department at 3900 Pelican Way Oxnard, CA 93035 or found online at

New Participants

First time participants are required to try out and qualify before being accepted in the program. In order to qualify, new participants must be able to swim 150 yards in less than four minutes, float or tread water for two minutes, and be able to dive underwater to a depth of 7 feet. No exceptions.

Tryouts are being held from 10 a.m. to noon on May 19, June 9, and June 30 at the Hueneme High School, located at 500 Bard Road, Oxnard, CA 93033. A parent/guardian must be present during the tryout.

There is a fee to enroll in the program. For more information, please call the Ventura County Harbor Patrol at (805) 973-5959.

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