What would a typical day be like for my child in the Junior Lifeguard program? A typical day in the program: 8:50- Arrive at the Lake 9:00- Roll Call and Stretching 9:15-Morning Workout (Swimming, Running, Paddle Boarding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or Kayaking) 10:15- Daily Lesson (Basic Lifeguarding Skills, Medical Skills, Swimming lessons, or CPR skills) 11:00- Junior Guard Competition Events (Beach Flags, Beach Balls, Relay Races, etc.) 11:30- Game Time/Fun Time (Capture the flag, Dodge ball, Volleyball, etc.) What gear will they need to bring with them to the program? Please have your children bring the following equipment with them on a daily basis.
Sun Protection ® Sunscreen, hats, zinc, etc. Please have your child put on sunscreen before arriving to the program and bring extra for reapplication.
Water & a snack
Optional items include
Swim cap and goggles
What are the general rules for the program?
Arrive on time (by 8:55) with clean: JG T-shirt, trunks, and swimsuit, JG bag, towel, sunscreen, snack, water, and running shoes. JG’s last name must be on everything he/she brings.
DO NOT bring any valuables such as an I-pod, jewelry, or money. The only exception is lunch money on field trips.
DO NOT wear your JG uniform outside of class.
Throw away your trash. Junior Guards are not litterbugs.
All department equipment is to be used correctly and cautiously.
Exhibit good sportsmanship at all competition events; win or lose.
Do not use another JG’s equipment without their permission.
Cussing and inappropriate hand gestures are not allowed. No fighting.
No sand throwing; No skim boarding; No standing on paddleboards.
Remaining enthusiastic and alert at all times is important.
Act immediately upon the request of your instructors and always respect your instructors.
JG’s are to be polite, courteous and respectful of fellow JG’s, instructors, and the general public at all times.
Junior guards represent the Lake Mission Viejo Lifeguard Department and Association. Violating any of these rules may lead to disciplinary actions.
How do I register? Registration forms and payment for the program will take place at the tryout. After this is complete, we ask that you fill out an additional registration form on our website. To do this, please go to our website at http://www.lmvjuniorguards.org/ and scroll your mouse over the “Registration” tab at the top of the page. In the drop down menu select the program you would like to register your child for, and click it. Fill out all necessary information and click “submit” at the bottom of the page.
How is payment for the program made? All payments will take place in person at Lake Services office. Cash, check, and all major credit cards can be accepted. Ask for Peggy Miklaus in our Beach Bag store for payment processing. All checks should be made out to the LMVLA. Please put your child’s name and age group in the “Notes” section of the check.
I am not a member of Lake Mission Viejo. Can I still register for this program? You do not have to be a Mission Viejo resident to participate in the program, but you do need to have a "member sponsor" who is a resident. A member sponsor is any Lake Mission Viejo Member who will let you register under their account number as a guest. The member sponsor needs to be present at the tryout and fill out a portion of your registration form. As a guest there is also a 20% guest fee in addition to the cost of the program (an additional $60-$70).
Are there any discounts for multiple children? No. There are no discounts for multiple children.
Do you have a refund policy? Our refund policy, which is on the release of liability form you sign at Junior Lifeguard registration states "Transfer or refund of registration fees will be granted only if notification to LMVA is made seven days prior to the start of camp. A $50.00 processing and uniform fee will be charged on all refunds. The Junior Lifeguard program is never prorated and no credit can be given for missed classes for any reason. No refunds will be given once the program has begun.”
Are uniforms mandatory? Yes. All Junior Guards must be in proper uniform attire during program hours. I am new to the program. What uniform items are mandatory to purchase? All Junior Lifeguards must have a Junior Lifeguard backpack, shorts, and t-shirt. T-shirts are included in the cost of the program, but backpacks and shorts are an extra fee. Optional uniform items include rash guards, sweatshirts and hats. All items of clothing worn during the hours of the program must be official uniform items.
Can I use shorts, backpacks, rash guards, sweatshirts or hats from last year’s Junior Lifeguard program? Yes. To save money and eliminate unnecessary duplicates of the same item your child may wear old Lake Mission Viejo uniform items. The only exception to this rule is the Junior Lifeguard t-shirt which must be from the current year.
What is the required swimwear for the program? Boys can wear either their official Junior Lifeguard swim trunks, or a Navy Blue Speedo or Navy Blue Jammers during swims. Girls are required to wear a one-piece or two-piece navy blue Speedo-style swimsuit (not included in the cost of the program). The suit must be a Navy Blue color (not royal blue), cannot have any prints or swim team logos on it and must be an athletic sports-style swimsuit.
Where can I get a girl’s navy blue speedo-style swimsuit? You can order swimsuits online at https://www.originalwatermen.com/. If you use our code when ordering you receive anywhere from a 20% to a 45% discount on their swimsuits- depending on the style of swimsuit.
How do I purchase extra uniform items? To purchase any additional uniform items please visit our online store with Original Watermen at https://www.originalwatermen.com/. Uniform items will be shipped to you within 3-7 days. Where are lost and found items placed? There are two lost and found locations. The general lost and found is located behind Lifeguard Headquarters in tan-colored bins. If you lost something during program hours it is more likely in our lost and found bins in our Junior Guard Vault (behind Tower 3). The vault is open from 7:30-8:00am and 12:00-12:30pm Monday-Friday.
SQUAD & GROUP PLACEMENT
How do I get my child in the same squad as their best friend? OR How do I make sure my children (siblings) are NOT put in the same squad as each other? JGs are placed in squads based off of swimming ability due to safety concerns. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any special requests after squads have been formed (not before). We will make every effort to place your child with their friends, but these requests cannot always be granted.
I am not receiving the emails, would like to change our email address, or add on an additional email (both parents would like to receive emails instead of just one). Please email us at email@example.com for all changes, updates, and additions to email addresses.
I want to talk to my child’s instructor, in person, about… (fill in the blank). We ask that you please do not interrupt the instructors during program hours (9am-12pm). The instructors have limited time with your kids and appreciate being able to focus on them and making their summer amazing. If you have something you would like to make the instructor aware of you can either go through the program coordinator (Bryson Beardsley) available Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, or you can email the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org. All messages, concerning your child, that are emailed to us will be passed along to their instructors in a prompt manner.
My child has a specific medical condition that his/her instructors need to be aware of. How do I get that information to them? Please email us at email@example.com with any medical concerns. My child is having some sort of difficulty in the program (workouts are painful, hates their squad, bickering with other JGs, etc.). What should we do? First off, I put this in the frequently asked questions section, but it is NOT a frequently asked question. These sorts of situations are very few and far between in our program, and are by no means normal. If your child is having any major problems within the program please let us know via email ASAP. Once we have been made aware of a problem we will call you and come up with a solution together that allows your child to have a safe, happy, and fun summer with us.