Junior Guard Camps

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 3b or 4 group level classes.

Seascape Sports Club Summer 2018 Pool Jr. Guard Camp 

Pre-Register ONLINE secure your space in our Jr. Guard Camp. Must have a minimum of 10 participants to run.
• Monday – Thursday 9:00am-12:30pm.
• TWO week Camp Program: $250
• ONE week Jr. Guard Camp: $150
• Daily Drop in: $50

Session 1: July 16 – 26, 2018
Session 2: July 30 – Aug 2, 2018
ONE WEEK CAMP (Mon-Thurs $150)

Elks Lodge Summer 2018 Pool Jr. Guard Camp 
• Monday – Friday from 8:30 am- 12 noon.
• TWO week Camp Program: $250
• One Week Camp Option (available in any session): $150
• Daily Drop In: $50
Session 1: June 11 – 27
Session 2: June 25 – July 6 (skip 7/4)
Session 3: July 9 – 20
Session 4: July 23 – Aug 3
Session 5: Aug 6 – Aug 17

To register for a session in its entirety, please register online. To register for a one or one week option at the Elks Lodge, please CALL or EMAIL us at least 3 days prior to start date. Once your registration is processed, we will call or email to confirm.

How do I register? Online for the 3 week session. Via US MAIL or phone or email for 1 week options. Print REGISTRATION FORM. Drop ins are confirmed poolside.

Register now!

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!

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.

About our special guests…

Special visits from AMR Ambulance Department occur each session and a walking field trip to the Downtown Fire Station will ignite interest in these careers at an early age. Through our Pool Jr. Guard Program 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: if they have training or are called for an emergency, we have to cancel that or reschedule them).

Elks Lodge Jr. Guard Campers
American Medical Response (AMR) comes w. the ambulance on
Wed June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 2018.

We will have a guided tour of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and then will be walking to the SC Fire Department for a station tour on selected Wednesdays. Please note that ELKS Jr. Guard Campers will need to be DROPPED OFF/PICKED UP at Depot Park on these WEDNESDAYS.
WED June 20 , July 18 & August 1, 15, 2018.
Drop off/pick up is at: 119 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Our entire day will be OFF SITE on these days. Campers need to bring walking shoes, snacks easy to eat while walking and water.

Once a 2 week session our ELKS LODGE Pool Jr. Guard Campers will go offsite and get a guided tour of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center.  

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 get to have a tour of the Downtown fire department once in a 3 week session. Parents will drop off kids on the select WEDNESDAYS to Depot Park. We will work out/stretch on the field and from here we will walk from the Exploration Center to the Downtown Fire Department for a station tour.  At conclusion of the day at 12 noon kids will get picked up from Depot Park.

American Medical Response Ambulance Company (AMR)
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.
The goal of these visits are to be able to connect the teams and reiterate the responsibilities of a first responder and what it is that they need to communicate w. the Emergency Responders. Bridging the Gap!

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