Junior Waterman Summer Beach Camp

Overview: Our Junior Waterman program is a summer afternoon day camp focused on safe-fun skill development. Your child will learn necessary ocean skills and will stay active on the beach, bay, the ocean, wading, swimming, paddling, doing run-swim-runs, body surfing, boogie boarding, and, yes, even sand-castle building! Our activities always include an education on beach and ocean safety (riptides, surf, creatures, etc.) while having fun. This program will condition your child for a junior lifeguard program and assist in building comfort and confidence in all sorts of salt-water environments.

Locations: We meet at different beaches during our camp so that campers can play in and understand the unique conditions and characteristics of each beach. We typically meet in Long Beach near Granada Street, Alamitos Bay at 68th Street or Bayshore, Naples, Seal Beach Pier, and end the season with a trip to El Moro Cove in Laguna Beach.

Staff and Luminaries: Campers spend time with highly qualified seasoned water-people that come from a variety of skilled aquatics backgrounds. Many are competitive ocean swimmers or paddlers, are current lifeguards and bring a unique ocean perspective to the group. Campers in the past have even met with world-class champions of surfing, Jericho Poplar Bartlow, open-water-swim legends, Steve Munatones, and Olympic Gold Medal Pool Swimmers, Gary Hall Jr and Jessica Hardy.

Sessions: Camps are structured in three two-week sessions meeting on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (three days) each week. That's six weeks total. Discount provided for signing up for multiple sessions. 

2022 Camp Dates and Calendar

Camp Details: Six afternoons of camp per session
Time: 1:15pm to 4:00pm. Kids may arrive with parents from 1:05pm to 1:15pm.
Location: First day of every session meet at Granada Street Launch Ramp / Granada and Ocean Blvd.
Ages: Younger, ages 6-8; older, ages 9-13
Session I:    June 20 - June 29 (M/T/W and M/T/W)
Session II:  
Aug 1 - Aug 10 (M/W/Th and M/T/W)

Note: The July camp is not taking place and so the August camp has become Session II.  We are looking into some alternatives for July but it will not be a Jr. Waterman Camp.

There is a parent meeting on the first day of each session to meet the coaches, receive the itneraries, and go over safety. Plan on staying for an extra 1/2 hour when you drop off on your first day. Bring a hat and glasses parents as its SUNNY at the beach. Have your kids do the same!

Pricing and Fees

Any session: $250
Two sessions – special price: $490
Sibling discount – subtract $25 per session

USA Swimming Fee (insurance): $20 Flex valid thru 12/31/22 (you will be billed if you aren't currently registered thru swim team)

How to Register

Note: Both Session 1 & 2 are Full!


Uniform for Jr. Waterman Camp:  What Seven Items to Bring Each Day


1. Hat 
2. Sunglasses 
3. Sunblock 
4. Sandals 
5. Rashguard or T-shirt 
6. Bathing suit on the body
7. $2 for snacks.

On certain days, campers can bring their wetsuits, boogie boards, fins or soft surfboards. If you don’t have this type of gear, not to worry, we have plenty of paddle boards for our Tuesday sessions and usually boogie boards are easily shared on the Wednesdays at Seal Beach.  At our parents' meeting on Day One of each session, you can see which days will have an option on which water gear. Backpacks are optional and can be nice for a water bottle and towel. Backpacks preferably are kept light.

Jr. Waterman Sample Weekly Itinerary

Meet at Granada Street Launch Ramp
Bayside run-swim-run
Swim-and-run relays and lifeguard conditioning
Jumping off swim dock at Bayshore
Open-water swimming tips and acclimation
Walk back to Granada & Ocean for snack at local market
Meet parents at Granada Street Launch Ramp for pickup.

Meet at Bayside on the Peninsula
Run relays of all sorts to get nice and warm
Teach fundamental paddle boarding skills for prone and knee paddling
Practice on a variety of boards paddling around staff, short races, prone and on knees
Brief bit of free time on the beach for sandcastles, swimming, paddling with staff supervision
Visit a local market on the peninsula for a snack
Meet up with parents at same place as drop off

Meet at Seal Beach - bring wetsuit, boogie boards and fins!
Review head and neck safety and identify ocean conditions (riptides, other people ,etc.)
Introduction to boogie board skills - balance points, riding, dodging, duck dives, ditching board…
Practice long rides to the beach and paddling back out to instructors
Pack a small snack and water, light backpack
Beach games such as frisbee, flags, relays, etc., or sandcastles, or on perfect days stay in the water
Meet up with parents at same place as drop off