Junior Guard Camps

            Teaching kids to save lives!

Our Philosophy Behind Our Jr. & Little Guard Camps

With the participants in our Jr. Guard Camps, each child will be a better swimmer each day, as we give them a swim lesson or a workout that is bound to get them in great swimming shape. We want to capture the attention and interests of our youth in Emergency Medical Fields early on, by exposing them to the skills of a lifeguard. Each participant will be more confident to take on a Life-guarding class when they are taught the skills in our daily guarding skill session.

By meeting the paramedics on our AMR day, they are provided with the opportunity to meet the personnel that would arrive when they called in for an actual 911 emergency. It can make a huge impact on the participant when they see that the materials we have been practicing with in our First Aid and CPR segments are in the Ambulance and are used daily by the Paramedics. The kids love to have their pulse checked on the Electrocardiogram. Seahorse Swim School wants to have the kids feel like these emergency personnel are reachable and approachable.

Prerequisites: For all programs at all locations.

Jr. Guard/Little Guard Camps: ability to swim 25 yrd continually, 30 secs to 1 minute treading H2O. No try-out is needed if the student is able to do these skills. If you are unsure, please call us to confirm that you child is ready. We could schedule a FREE assessment as needed. To prepare for our Pool Jr. Guard camp sign up for level 4 group lessons.

A Typical Day In Our Jr. Guard Camp Program

All times are approximate and are adjusted for special guests. Jr. Guard participants MUST be signed IN and OUT EVERYDAY. If participants are OK to ride bikes or walk home or be picked up by another person besides a parent, then please bring a note with a parents signature and phone number and talk to the Manager on site.Exercises, stretching, discussion about how the day will go.

Warm up with dry land exercises.
Swim lesson (30-40 mins- depends on skill level).
Break/ snack/ warm-up/ water/ sunscreen application, etc.
Rescue skill practice/ CPR/First Aid practice.
Recreational swimming, team building games and fun!
Parent Pick-up and sign-out.


ONLINE– for a session in its entirety in advance of the session start date.
CALL/EMAIL – to register for a ONE WEEK CAMP at the Elks Lodge. Once your registration is received/processed, we will call or email to confirm placement in programs.
Registration Form
(Mail In Registration Form for one week Jr. Guard Camps or lessons not offered online)

Seascape Sports Club Summer 2019 Pool Jr. Guard Camp

• Monday – Thursday 9:00am-12:30pm.
• TWO week Camp Program: $275/ Members of Seascape $248
• ONE week Jr. Guard Camp: $170/ Members of Seascape $153
• Daily Drop in: $50 (confirmed poolside) Member/Non-Member pricing

Session 1: July 15 – 25, 2019 (two week camp)
Session 2: July 29 – Aug 1, 2019 (one week camp)

I want to thank Seahorse Swim School for all the work they have done w. my daughter. She has become a much stronger swimmer and has more confidence in the pool. The Jr. Guard program is awesome. The kids learn first aid, CPR and are getting tons of exercise while having fun in the sun. Thank you so much, Great Job!
Shonn Mantalvo, Summer 2013

More testimonials…

Elks Lodge Summer 2019 Pool Jr. Guard Camp

• Monday – Friday from 8:30 am- 12 noon.
• TWO week Jr. Guard Camp: $275 (Session 2 skip 7/4 & 5: $207)
• One Week Camp Option (available in any session): $170
• Daily Drop In: $50
Session 1: June 10 – 21
Session 2: June 24 – July 3 (skip Th 7/4, Fri 7/5)
Session 3: July 8 – 12 ONE WEEK CAMP
Session 4: to be determined. Based on demand.


Elks Lodge Jr. Guard Camp offers

Fridays June 14, 28, July 12, 2019 

American Medical Response (AMR) brings an ambulance up to the Elks Lodge to meet our Jr. Guard campers. We want them to learn about being Paramedic and their duties on the ambulance. Aiming to bridge the gap between the first responders and the emergency professionals that arrive to take over. After our first aid/CPR teaching topic the Paramedics will be able to enhance learning and inform the kids on more lifesaving topics.

Wed June 19, 26 2019.
(OFF SITE DROP OFF**) at Depot Park
Be sure to bring tennis shoes or proper sandals for exercise, water/reusable container, snacks, food, sunscreen and hat as needed to last an active day with exercise, sunshine, learning and walking ’till noon. Campers need to bring walking shoes, snacks easy to eat while walking and water.


8:30am DROP OFF at Depot Park. Wear tennis shoes for workout in parking lot. We will work out/stretch on the field. Bring water and walking snacks.

9 am GUIDED TOUR of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

10am WALK TO Santa Cruz Fire Department for a station tour on selected Wednesdays.

12 PICK UP at Depot Park (parking lot)
**Drop off/pick up is at: 119 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Our entire day will be OFF SITE on these days.

What do I bring & wear?

Tennis shoes and socks (mandatory), deck shoes (flip flops), swimsuit, towel(s)/shammy), rashguards, water & refillable water bottle, snacks/lunch (more snacks than you think, these kids get hungry!!- (NO Glass containers), sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, warm set of clothing. Protect your children from the sun, have them wear a rashguard and teach them to reapply throughout the day. All of our pools are outside. Snacks, swim suits, towels, water and sunscreen are mandatory. Each day will include a warm up with exercises and stretching (proper footwear required), a water safety topic for discussion, stroke clinics, pool workouts, swim instruction, guarding skills and fun!

Information on our special guests and site visits (specific to the location- Drop ins available from other sites– prearranged):
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center.
ELKS LODGE CAMPERS will visit this location on Wonderful Wednesday.
Located just steps away from the ocean and Santa Cruz Wharf, the center features state-of-the art exhibits and interactive displays highlighting the sanctuary and its incredible underwater environment. Visitors can explore the sanctuary’s remarkable marine environment as well as their personal role in protecting one of our nation’s underwater treasures.

Downtown Fire Department Tour: Elks Lodge Jr. Guards will be able to have a tour of the Downtown fire department (Seascape kids can join us for half the drop in fee). This is scheduled for most sessions and is subject to availability up to the moments we are there — as the 911 protocols take precedence over our scheduled tours. We will walk the FD from the Marine Sanctuary and back to Depot Park for pick up.

American Medical Response Ambulance Company (AMR)
Seascape & Aptos: AMR Ambulance Company has come to show our Jr. Guard kids the inside of the Ambulance in the past. With AMR visits we hope to bridge the gap between the first responders and the Emergency Medical Teams that arrive to take over. Paramedics will let the Jr. Guards know what to expect when they arrive to take over, emphasize the importance of communicating important information that they have gathered from the scene and instill the First Aid lessons that we have taught the Jr. Guards. Bridging the Gap!
Through our Pool Jr. Guard Camps we hope to encourage all our Seahorse Swimmers to continue American Red Cross’s Commodore E. Longfellow’s journey of encouraging bathers to be swimmers and swimmers to be lifesavers. 

 Special Guests (changes for each location)

Special Guest visits may be changed or cancelled without notice (AMR/Fire Department) due to availability — 911 calls have priority over our scheduled appointments.