*Registration now open for January 2023*

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Westside Aquatics' Junior Guard prep course prepares future junior guards for the LA County Junior Lifeguard program. The class is designed for students ages 9-13, and we aim for every student to meet the qualification for the swim test tryout (swimming 100 yards freestyle under a certain time dependent on the student's age by July 1, 2023).

Prerequisite: Students must be able to do a minimum of 50 yds (2 laps) freestyle. 

2023 Junior Guard Prep Schedule

Mondays @ Pali 5:30-6:30pm

Tuesdays @ Pali 6:00-6:45pm

Wednesdays @ Pali 5:45-6:30pm

Thursdays @ Pali 5:30-6:15pm

Fridays @ Pali 5:45-6:30pm

*Maximum of 8 students per class; classes will be conducted in the 25yd small pool.

If you have an older student, please contact us to check availability.

Please note: Sign up for each class separately. Registration is on a monthly basis. You must re-enroll for each month (does not auto-enroll). No refunds or makeups. Students may register for one class per month.

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For questions, please email Coach Valerie ([email protected]).

We are not affiliated with the LA Country program.
You will need to sign up for the tryout through their website.


2023 LA County JG Swim Test Dates



"My daughter wanted to try out for Junior Guards.  She’s a good swimmer, but never swam competitively.  We were told that she would benefit from practicing early and often to get her endurance up so that she could make the time.  we signed up for Westside’s JG training program and she swam a couple times a week, several weeks before her scheduled tryout.  It was a huge help, she whittled down 45 seconds from her time and met some friends who made the time, too."

"The coaches with Westside Aquatics enabled our son to both improve his swim technique (finally) and pass the rigorous, timed, swim test necessary for acceptance into the Los Angeles fire departments’ Junior Guards program. And, he was only 9!  Their training is specifically geared towards this test and it was time and money well spent. Our son even enjoyed the training! Start in February and stay the course if you want your child to enjoy Junior Guards. There is no other program like this the west side of Los Angeles."

"Both my boys (ages 9&10) trained with Westside Aquatics at the Pali High pool last year. It was the prep needed to get the boys ready for their Jr Guard swim test to then participate in the Jr Lifeguard program in the summer. The program was instrumental in getting the boys up to speed to succeed, which they both did. The boys spent the summer on the beach having the best time learning invaluable skills in the ocean. Thank you, Westside Aquatics!!"