Junior Lifeguard Program

JR Lifeguarding

The Junior Lifeguard program is designed for 14-year-old participants to help build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. This course is only open to Community Residents, participants must be 14 by the conclusion of the classes. The course introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues and use of a rescue tube in a hybrid online/in-person format.

*Note: This is not a Lifeguard Certification Training class.

Cost $125

Once accepted into the program you will be sent instructions on how to pay through your Active Net account, fees must be paid prior to the first day of class. Please note: This course is only open to Residents.

2022 Application

Class Dates:     

Thursday, June 16 3pm-5pm
Thursday, June 30 3pm-5pm

Applications accepted April 1 through May 15, 2022. 

Applications can be submitted via email or by dropping off at the MCA front desk (8351 E. Northfield Blvd M-F 10a-4p). Late applications will not be accepted. Acceptance emails will be sent to selected participants after May 15.


There will be a prerequisite swim test on the first day of class; participants must pass all prerequisites to be continue in the Jr. Lifeguard program.

  • 200 Swim (a combination of Front Crawl and Breaststroke)
  • Retrieve a 10lb brick from 12 foot depth
  • Tread water for 1 minute


 Instructors will email a course syllabus to each participant prior to the first day. Our 2021 format will include online discussions as well as in-person water skills.  All classes must be attended, if a participant is unable to make all classes a full refund will be given. Makeups will not be permitted.

Class Dates:                
Thursday, June 16 3pm-5pm
Thursday, June 30 3pm-5pm

Important Reminders:

  • Junior Lifeguards are not guaranteed employment with the MCA
  • This is NOT a Lifeguard Training Course
  • The MCA does not typically hire 15-year old lifeguards. The MCA may hire for programming hours with positions available and the applicant is certified in Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR and AED.
  • Participants that successfully complete the Junior Lifeguard program will be invited to participate in a Lifeguard Training course the following season at a discounted rate.