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Castaic Lake

Junior Lifeguards


Session 1:    Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 29

Session 2:    Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 27


  • PLEASE READ our (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions for program details and the registration process.

  • All registration processes for the Junior Lifeguard Program are done through the online Active Net system.

  • Pool Practice Swims (Available) to Train for the Swim Test – April 8th & 15th – 8:00am to 12:00pm

Locations:  Norman Johnson Aquatic Center  &  Castaic Aquatic Center  (No Sign-up Required)

Swim Test Registration will OPEN for sign-ups on Saturday, April 1, 2023, @ 8:00am.

Program Session Registration  will OPEN on Saturday, May 6, 2023, @ 8:00am


Age Groups

AA's 16-17 Years Old
A's 14-15 Years Old
B's 12-13 Years Old
C's 9-11 Years Old 

The Castaic Lake Junior Lifeguard Program is run by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Lake Lifeguards. Established in 1990, it has grown into one of the most successful summer children’s programs in Los Angeles County.

The program offers a wide range of activities for children ages 9 to 17. These activities include swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and training in lifeguard skills. In addition to these activities, participants are also taught skills in Basic Lifesaving, CPR, First Aid, and Search and Rescue. All sessions are taught by highly trained Lake Lifeguards, and overseen by our Junior Lifeguard Program Director. One of the program’s main objectives is to instill self-confidence in each individual through knowledge, discipline and a competitive atmosphere as well as increase physical fitness for those taking part in the program.

Started by LA County Beaches back in 1938 with 10 participants.
The Castaic program was started in 1991 by Michelle Scholz.
In 1992 the Bonelli program was started by Tracy Hild and Santa Fe was started by Jeff Halbe.
The program has grown from 20 participants to 400 at Castaic.

Current Director: Miriam Kilby

Previous Directors:

Steve "Scuba" Himes
Michele Scholz
Tracy Hild
Pete Moore
Towner Douglas
Manny Barrios
​Cary Flebbe

Junior Lifeguards


"Provide a challenging and inspiring open water environment which promotes an active and responsible lifestyle, as well as a standard of excellence in the profession of lifeguarding.”

Lifeguard Instructors MISSION STATEMENT

“We, as lifeguards, are here to provide a water safety program that offers children a fun and constructive opportunity to promote a healthier lifestyle and a possible opportunity for professional employment in their future.”

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