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Vanguard AquaticsJunior Guard Prep Courses


Vanguard Aquatics Junior Guard Prep Courses

Pass the Junior Lifeguard Swim Test

Huntington Beach has one of the most unique traditions in its various Jr. Guard Programs offered in the summer months. Our junior guard prep. classes are specifically designed to help our community kids in improving their conditioning and swimming fundamentals to qualify, and participate safely in junior lifeguards.

At the end of the week, we will test our swimmers to see their progression in their 100 yard times, getting them to their qualifying times, or just making sure they have the best skills to enjoy junior guards with their friends!

coach chris kaps portrait

Program Director: Chris Kaps

Coach Kaps has over 20 years experience in the swimming and water polo community. He currently runs the Vanguard Aquatics Swim Academy and also coaches one of our high level Boys Water Polo Teams. He prepares all of our Age Group Swimmers and Water Polo players with his fundamental program.

Recently, he has also been involved in Nova Aquatics as one of the Senior Level conditioning and strength coaches for some of the best swimmers in Orange County. He has also coached swimming at Fountain Valley High School, and Huntington Beach High School.

Qualification Standards for Local Junior Guard Programs:

Huntington City Beach

  • Swim 100 yards in under:

    • 1:50 (9-13 years old)

    • 1:45 (14-17 years old)

  • Tread Water for 5 minutes. 

  • Swim underwater for 10 yards.

Huntington State Beach

  • Swim 100 yards in under:

    • 2:10 (9-10 year olds)

    • 2:00 (11-12 year olds)

    • 1:50 (13-15 year olds)

  • Tread Water for 5 minutes. 

  • Swim underwater for 10 yards.

Bolsa Chica State Beach

  • Swim 100 yards in under:

    • 2:20 (9-10 year olds)

    • 2:10 (11-12 year olds)

    • 2:00 (13-15 year olds)

  • Tread Water for 5 minutes. 

  • Swim underwater for 10 yards.

Why Should You Child Join The Junior Guard Program?

Water sports have a proven track record for developing your child’s inner wellbeing, cardiovascular, and many other aspects of physical and mental health.

Expert instruction

Your body will become progressively stronger when you practice water polo.

Skill development specific to Jr. Guards

Water acts as a cushion for the body. Even when a player gets knocked around or dives hard for the ball, there is no hard surface to fall against, and the water prevents strain on the joints.

Swim technique

Exercising in the water is a great choice because it keeps your body from getting overheated, which leads to feelings of exhaustion.


No part of your body sits still during a water polo game. Muscle groups throughout your entire body are engaged, and with repeated activity they gain increased strength.