The Santa Barbara County Lifeguards are making a presence at the County Parks as the ones who can be counted on for help.  We are constantly making an effort to better ourselves so that you will receive a higher level of care in your time of need.  The success of our Lifeguard Program has been made possible through our various partnerships with other rescue agencies, non-profits in our community, and the enthusiasm of our lifeguards.  Our mission is to provide you with a safe and relaxing day at our beaches and pools.

Mission Statement:

To provide exceptional community service and emergency response in and around the aquatic environment.  To promote the health, safety and well being of the citizens of Santa Barbara County and its visitors.


Our staff consists of 35 seasonal Lifeguards; most are EMT's and the rest have achieved their American Red Cross Emergency Response First Aid (Title 22) and CPR/AED First Responder certification for the Professional Rescuer. We guard three beaches and two pool facilities with 14 lifeguards on duty.

SBC Lifeguards
SBC Lifeguards


Lifeguard Services for School Groups

Santa Barbara County Parks offers lifeguard services to school groups between May and September at the following County Locations:

  • Goleta Beach Park
  • Arroyo Burro Beach Park
  • Lookout Park
  • Rincon Beach Park
  • Ocean Beach Park
  • Jalama Beach
  • Joseph Centeno Aquatics Complex

Instructions for Requesting Lifeguards

  • Check with your school district to find out what their requirements are with regards to lifeguards, i.e. ratio of kids to lifeguards.  We have provided our recommended guidelines on the request form..
  • Make a reservation for a Group Picnic area by logging in to or by calling (805) 568-2460. While it is not required to have a Group Area reservation, it is highly recommended so that your group will have a designated area to gather with amenities that will accommodate a larger group.
  • Download and complete a Request for Lifeguard Services form. Submit the completed form to Jon Menzies, Aquatics Coordinator.
  • An invoice for Lifeguard Services will be sent to the contact person on the request form or it will be added to the group reservation. Payment must be paid in advance, and most school districts require that Lifeguard Services be secured prior to the event date.
  • Upon request, the Aquatics Coordinator can also provide an Open Water Certification List if your district requires it once it is available (usually May 1st).

Transportation & Parking: Most school groups either ride their bicycles or arrange a carpool with parents to the beaches. Some will opt to use school busses. There is an ordinance in place that prohibits vehicles in excess of 33 feet to park at Goleta Beach. Busses are permitted to drop off and pick up your school group but not wait on site.


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