2024 Long Branch Junior Guards
What time is practice?
Starfish 6-8 yrs old and Group C 9-11 yrs old 8:00-9:30 Starfish are only Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday
Group A 14-15 yrs old and Group B 12-13 yrs old 9:30-11:00 am Monday, Wednesday, Friday
What will our children learn during practice?
Living near the Jersey shore, it is very important that our kids understand how to handle themselves in the ocean.
They will learn ocean safety, CPR training, lifeguard equipment, rip currents, teamwork and appreciation for the ocean.
They will practice swimming, running, rescuing, paddle-boarding, the importance of reef safe sunblock, and the older kids will learn kayaking and rowing.
What kind of swimsuit should my child wear?
Whatever suit your child is comfortable with is good with us! We will have custom bathing suits for purchase
Do not stress on color as they all are bright.
Where do I drop off my child?
The beach where we practice is called South Pavilion Beach. The best way to arrive is making a right hand turn onto South Bath once you reach the boardwalk, turn left and follow the boardwalk down until you reach South Pavilion Ave. You will see 2 trailers on the beach where we store equipment, one of them says Long Branch Junior Guards on it and is white the other is black and says Monmouth County Competition team.
It is a one way street and very important you have your kid 100% ready to open the car door and get to the beach, (carpool to practice if possible is recommended) . This area is very known for gridlocking and every second counts. This is out of our control where we practice and ask for your patience and cooperation. You can find parking on the other side of Ocean Ave after or before you drop your kids off.
What to bring to practice?
Sunscreen, water, towel, t-shirt goggles optional, swim cap we provide optional, granola bar in case they get a little hungry, book bag for keeping everything together.
Can I stay at the beach while my child practices?
Yes you can, you will not be required to pay from 8:30am to 11:30am, but are expected to leave after practice ends at 11:30am, if you want to stay for the day you will need to buy a daily beach badge or seasonal.
How do I pay for the program?
You can only register via Community Pass on the Long Branch Recreation web page.
When are the competitions?
We have the strongest team on the shore and the best coaches to teach your kids to be great Junior Guard competitors if they want to be. We have 7 competitions through out the month of July and August all over the shore and also a National competition in in South Padre Island Texas on August 6th. If you’re interested in Nationals, please reach out so you can start figuring out hotels and vacation time. Our Host tournament at Long Branch is Tuesday July 16th . It’s a very special day for All our competitors and we encourage parents to come watch and volunteer if possible or be a Sponsor.
Is it ok if my child misses practice?
Yes, many families will be going on vacation at some point during our program. We do not keep attendance or penalize kids for missing practice.
There will be competitions for Groups ABC and will send dates out when I have them. Long Branch will also host a competition for all towns. These tournaments are not cheap and we need to buy 500 shirts. If we have any parents that own their own business or who work for a business and would like to be a sponsor be on the back of 500 shirts all over Monmouth County please let us know! Last year we had about 15 great sponsors and hopefully can get a few more. This Tournament is on Tuesday, July 16th.
Thank you all for being a part of this year's LBJG SQUAD!
Head of Long Branch Junior Guards
- Starfish ages 6 to 8 will come Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 am to 10 am
- JGS ages 9 to 11 will come Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 am to 10 am
- JGs ages 12 to 15 will come Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 11:30 am
Times are subject to change