About the Program

JG's - a Moonlight Beach tradition!




The Encinitas Junior Lifeguard program is excited for another great year in the summer of

2017!  Staff are gearing up to leadprogram participants through a summer full of fun, enriching experiences on our beach. Our program has been running for over two decades and we are confident that you will find that ours is among the best of the best Junior Guard programs anywhere.


The Encinitas Junior Lifeguard program is an ocean safety and educational youth program for boys and girls ages 9-17.  By combining education with recreation, participants learn about the ocean environment, gain professional lifesaving skills and enjoy swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing and skills competitions. Our goal is to educate young people in ocean and beach safety while building confidence and appreciation for the ocean. 


Moonlight Beach

Moonlight Beach is the premeire Junior Guards facility.  MLB is the home of the Encinitas Lifeguard headquarters and guard equipment.  Moonlight Beach ammenties include restrooms and showers, ample free parking, beautiful fine sand, a tot-lot playground, sand volleyball courts, ADA access and custom beach wheelchairs available for use, concessions stand, an overlook site, firepits, picnic tables and more.  Families are encouraged to make a beach day of it while the kids participate in the JG program.


LEAD INSTRUCTOR - SGT. Jonathan StricklanD

Jonathan has a vast amount of education and experience in emergency medical services and guarding.  He is a Sergeant with the City of Encinitas and has been here for 16 years.  Jon has volunteer firefighter experience, ambulance and EMT experience, he is a licensed paramedic, and CPR / First Aid instructor.  



Jon is a native Encinitas resident and grew up on these beaches.  He is a graduate of La Costa Canyon High School and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in History. Jon has also completed an AA program in Fire Technology from Allan Hancock College. Other work experience includes substitute teaching at the secondary age level for the San Dieguito Unified High School District. In his free time you will find him training for Ironman Louisville 2016.  Jon's experience and skill set makes him a terrific instructor, and we are thrilled to have him teaching Junior Lifeguards for the City of Encinitas.






Contact Us

City of Encinitas Junior Lifeguard Program

Moonlight Beach CA 92024

Registration: (760) 633-2740

Program Information: (760) 633-2752





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