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Junior Lifeguard Program

Program Directors

Drew Smith
Chief Lifeguard + Beach Manager

(631) 324-4150 ext. 800
Lee Bertrand
Assistant Beach Manager

(631) 324-4150 ext. 800
104 Ocean Avenue East Hampton, NY 11937
Monday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Memorial Day - Labor Day


Location: Main Beach - East Hampton

Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00AM to 11:00AM


  • JUNE: 22nd & 23rd, 29th & 30th
  • JULY: 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th
  • AUGUST: 3rd & 4th

All NEW & RETURNING Village Junior Lifeguards are strongly encouraged to pass the RECenter swim test. All Jr’s will be subject to completing an open water swim consisting of a run-swim-run on opening weekend!

Fee: $250 please make all checks payable to Village of East Hampton

Age Groups (as of 07/01/2023):

  • Ages: 9, 10 and 11
  • Ages: 12 & 13
  • Ages: 14 & 15
    • 15 Year olds ask about the Cadet program. This program will prepare you for your Ocean Lifeguard exam and start of career when you turn 16 (not run through Junior Program)

All Junior Lifeguard Candidates will:

  1. Pre-register WITH PARENT at Main Beach Office from 10:00am to 3:00pm OR on the first day of the program (please arrive early)
  2. Pay a program fee of $250 (check payable to the Village of East Hampton)
  3. Receive a Junior Lifeguard T-Shirt and Rash Guard Shift after the program begins that must be worn during the program
  4. Ocean Swim Test: This test will be done on the 1st day a Junior Lifeguard attends the program

Goals & Objectives of our Program:

  1. To have fun while we learn more about ocean safety and water environments
  2. To provide training in open water beach swimming skills
  3. To develop skills in learning to work together as a team
  4. To improve the health and fitness of our youth
  5. To help teach courtesy, respect for authority, discipline, and good sportsmanship
  6. To develop potential lifeguards – if you learn to save others, you also learn how to save yourself!

For the Parents:

  1. We need your cooperation and help to make this program a good experience for your child. Encourage your child to do their best and praise their efforts. Get them to each session on time. The program starts at 9:00AM SHARP
  2. If you do not have a Village of East Hampton Parking Sticker, you can park at Main Beach but must leave after the program is over. You may always drop off your child before 9am and pick them up at 11am. If a Parking Violation is given, we cannot help you.
  3. Bad Weather – Rough Water: The program will run except when it is raining HEAVILY. Rough water provides excellent understanding of the ocean currents. In heavy surf conditions water activities will be restricted. We will increase our land activities

For the Junior Lifeguards:

  1. Attendance: Be on time with all your gear. Check in with your group leader as soon as you arrive. Place your gear in the designated area. Personal gear should be marked with your names on it. Must wear Juniors issued T-Shirt/Rashguard.
  2. Do not leave the area or your group without telling your lifeguard leader – this includes going to the bathroom, parents picking up early, etc.
  3. We will use the “buddy” system in the water. This means stay close to your “buddy”. Talk and encourage each other. Enter and leave the water together. If your “buddy is absent ask your lifeguard leader to get you a temporary replacement for that day.
  4. Exhibit attitudes of good sportsmanship in all competitive events. Be honest, fair, and above all have fun as you improve your skills. Encourage and support your fellow Junior Lifeguards.
  5. We will use the “buddy” system cleaning up the instructional equipment and area. Follow directions when it is time to switch activities and move quickly to the next area.
  6. During the week practice the swimming and water skills that you have been taught. Try to do a distance run and swim 1 or 2 times during the week to improve your conditioning. When you do distance swim go beyond the break area and swim parallel to the shore. Swim with a non-tiring stroke. Do this with a “buddy”.




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