We are happy to be offering the 22nd year of the Avila Beach JG Program in 2022! We are looking forward to more of a "normal" summer, but our number one priority will remain the safety of our JG's. To that end we will continue to monitor and follow any/all SLO County guidance with respect to COVID-19.
We cannot see into the future to know what (if any) COVID guidance will affect our program when we get started in the summer. Our program could change a bit based on updates at that time. The Basic 2022 Program Details (below) will hopefully not change.
Basic 2022 Program Details:
The 2022 program will happen in 2 three-week sessions.
Due to feedback from parents last summer there is an option to enroll for all 6 weeks as well.
Session 1 will be June 20 - July 8, Monday through Friday, from 9am to Noon. 150 Total JG's will be allowed to sign up for Session 1. The cost per JG for Session 1 = $400.
Session 2 will be July 11 - July 29, Monday through Friday, from 9am to Noon. 150 Total JG's will be allowed to sign up for Session 2. The cost per JG for Session 2 = $400.
75 Total JG's will be allowed to sign up for the "Both Sessions" option. The cost per JG for the Both Sessions option is $750.
JG's will be divided into traditional JG groups by age group this year as we prepare for competitions once again.
* 9-11 year olds = C's
* 12-13 year olds = B's
* 14-17 year olds = A's
We are going back to these traditional age group categories, because competitions look like they will be back this summer and our JG's would be competing in these age categories.
Each session should (I say should as these dates are not 100% confirmed yet) get 2 competitions each on the second and third Fridays of the program.
Session 1 competitions should be at Pismo Beach and Carpinteria Beach.
Session 2 competitions should be at Regionals (TBD) and at Santa Barbara Fiesta.
You CAN request to age your JG up into the next higher age category if you/they would like, but you can NOT request to age them down. If you request to age them up they will be competing against the older JG's at competitions. Please note your request for a different grouping then their age when you send back their waiver.
A Group Academy:
We know that we will not get all A-aged JG's in the same session at the same time, but we still plan to run the oldest aged group of each session as an A-group Academy. Events, lecture material and written quizzes will be the same across both sessions for our oldest group, so we will have a common way to assess between different sessions. The top 5 point scoring 15-16 year old boys and top 5 point scoring 15-16 year old girls from the combined two sessions will be offered employment as Aides for the 2023 season.
Items to do each day:
1. Each participant should arrive to the program having already applied sunscreen.
2. Wear clean uniform. For safety purposes we are recommending washing uniforms daily.
*T-shirts ($10) and sweatshirts ($20) will be available for purchase every day until they run out after check-in procedures are completed. The registration cost does include a t-shirt and sweatshirt. This is if you want to purchase extra.
3. Participants need to bring their own snacks and water bottles each day. No sharing of food or drinks will be allowed.
4. Participants need to bring their own towel each day. No sharing of towels will be allowed.
5. Participants need to bring their own wetsuit (OPTIONAL) each day. No sharing of rash guards or wetsuits will be allowed.
6. Participants need to bring their own swim-cap each day. No sharing of swim caps will be allowed.
* GH Sports - click on the GH Sports page heading to see information about discounts that GH Sports in SLO is offering to our JG's to help you purchase any items your JG may need.
Pre-JG Daily Check-In:
1. On the first day JG's will check in at the Red EZ-UP near the lifeguard Tower 2 at Avila Beach. JG's will be directed to their groups from there.
** After day one JG's will report directly to their A, B or C Group Area.
Pre-JG Day Daily Questions to ask yourself at home prior to arrival:
Do you live with, or have you had close contact with anyone with:
a. a fever? (Fever for children is 100.4 degrees for forehead and ear thermometer, 99.5 with an oral thermometer).
b. a prolonged cough?
c. cold or flu symptoms?
d. diarrhea or vomiting?
e. anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS IS YES, THEN PLEASE KEEP YOUR JG HOME!
What if your JG gets sick, or is not participating during the JG program day?
If any JG is feeling sick or is not participating they will be taken to the red ez-up area. Once there, a determination will be made by the program director, whether to call the parent/guardian for pick-up or not.
What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Junior Lifeguard Program?
In the event of an exposure to COVID-19 at the Junior Lifeguard site or stable group, Avila Beach Junior Lifeguard Program will work directly with Port San Luis Harbor District management and the SLO County Health Department to determine the best course of action for the JG program that will mitigate spread and ensure the safety of the JG participants.
2. Check-in on day 1 will begin 30 minutes before the start of JG's, at 8:30am at the RED JG Ez-up. For the remainder of the program JG's should report directly to their group by 9:00am.
Daily Check Out:
Instructors are going to be told to end their group and have them walking up from the beach promptly at the end of the session (11:55am). Please arrive on time to pick your JG up, so that we do not have groups clustered at the beach after hours.
Items each JG will receive on their first day of the program, as part of the Registration cost:
Each JG will receive a JG T-shirt, Sweatshirt and a JG Swim Cap.
We once again plan to have increased staffing of Instructors and Aides.
We plan to overstaff again this summer in an effort to have more eyes monitoring and keeping our JG's safe.
Please email me any specific questions or concerns that you may have about any of the above.