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Vanguard AquaticsJunior Guard Prep Courses 2024

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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!

Sand Crab Prep, Junior Life Guard Prep & Splashball at Huntington Beach High School

March 4th – April 18th

Jr. Guard Prep


@ HBHS 5-6 PM

March 4th – April 18th



@ HBHS 5-6 PM

Cost: $100

Contact Us:


Phone: 562 225 0653

Cost if you register for just one: $175

Cost if you register for both: $250

Contact Us:


Phone: 714-227-7282

Devon LaPier coach

Program Director: Devon LaPier

Devon LaPier has been active in the aquatics community since the age of 5. She swam for Golden West Swim Club and played water polo for Costa Mesa Water Polo Club.

She was a HBJG for 8 years, eventually becoming a Captain and representing Huntington Beach on the exchange team to New Zealand. 

She has been teaching the fundamentals of swimming and helping manage the swim lesson program at Golden West College for over 20 years. 

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.