Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Uniform Standard
The uniform standard protects the health and safety of the Junior Lifeguard program environment and fosters Junior Lifeguards’ success in a positive manner. Junior Lifeguard uniforms shall be worn with pride, which creates a strong connection to the Newport Beach community. The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program may amend these guidelines during the Junior Lifeguard program if deemed to be in the best interest of the program and/or its participants.
Program Uniform & Issued Gear:
The issued uniform and gear consists of:
Female one and two-piece swimsuits: A female swimsuit is NOT included in the cost of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program. Junior Lifeguards may purchase a Junior Lifeguard one or two-piece swimsuit (available as an “optional item” during the uniform selection process) or a red one or two-piece swimsuit of their own choosing; however, swimsuit must be compliant with the swimsuit standards described in the “swimsuits” section of this policy.
Junior Lifeguards shall wear uniforms in accordance with the standards below.
- Junior Lifeguards shall report daily in uniform with their issued gear.
- Uniforms represent the professionalism of the City and Lifeguard Division and shall be neat and clean.
- Past uniforms may be worn (except on Picture Day) provided they still fit, are clean, and insignias or logos are visible and in good condition. Uniforms that are ill-fitting, torn, faded, or in disrepair shall not be worn.
- Garments are to be worn in the manner for which they were designed.
- For the duration of the summer Junior Lifeguard Program, Junior Lifeguard uniforms are to be worn ONLY while the program is in session and while traveling to and from the Junior Lifeguard program. If a Junior Lifeguard is going to participate in beach or other activities before or after their program session, they must have a non-Junior Lifeguard change of clothes to change into.
- Junior Lifeguards should be aware that while they are in uniform, or wearing any of their Junior Lifeguard issued gear, they are highly visible within the community and should act as good representatives of the City and the Lifeguard Division.
- Boardshorts shall be worn so they sit at the waist. Boardshorts are not to be sagged, tugged, rolled, pinned, or adjusted in any way to reduce coverage.
- All swimsuits (other than boardshorts) should be athletic-style and must be appropriate for participation in the Junior Lifeguard Program. If purchasing a swimsuit other than the Junior Lifeguard program one or two-piece swimsuit, the swimsuit must be of a full-coverage style that provides adequate coverage of the chest and buttock. All other styles of swimwear are prohibited. (See prohibited styles below.)
- Swimsuit bottoms and tops are not to have tie fasteners.
- Swimsuit bottoms and tops are not to be tugged, rolled, pinned, or adjusted in any way to reduce coverage.
- Prohibited swim bottom styles: gstring, thong, Brazilian, cheeky, low-cut, suits that fasten with a tie at the side, bottoms with venting or cutouts.
- Prohibited swim top styles: string bikini, triangle top, tops with venting or cutouts, any style that has a tie fastener.
- Shirts are to be tucked in at program start and roll call. If wearing a sweatshirt, the Junior Lifeguard sweatshirt is the only permissible outerwear garment.
- Hats are to be worn with the bill/logo facing forward at program start and roll call. Junior Lifeguard of the Week and Competition hats are also allowed.
- Junior Lifeguards may wear rashguards for warmth or sun protection. Rashguards may be purchased from a retailer.
- Recommended colors are blue, white, or gray. Bright green or bright yellow rashguards are NOT allowed as this is the color our Lifeguard staff wears.
- Rashguards shall be plain and have no print or pattern, with the exception of a small manufacturer logo.
As representatives of the City of Newport Beach, Junior Lifeguard Program, and Newport Beach Lifeguard Division, Junior Lifeguards are expected to comply with the uniform standards described herein. The procedure for non-compliance with Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard rules and standards is outlined in the Family Handbook, found on the NBJG website.