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It is the ethical and legal duty of all lifeguard professionals to exercise their highest level of ability, care, diligence and skill and to follow the policies and procedures of his or her agency in every rescue effort. CSLSA lifeguards practice the best methods of training and display the highest principles of conduct in thier jobs as professional life savers..

The CSLSA professional standards committee's mission is to recommend a professional level of standardization for all California lifeguard agencies after reviewing Federal, State and Local laws and practices and to set forth these recommendations to ensure that all lifeguards in California are provided with the tools, skills, and qualifications needed to be a rescue professional.

Committee Goals

The Professional Standards committee's goals are to:

  1. Identify the minimum standards and qualifications of the California seasonal, full time, and training officer lifeguard.
  2. Monitor current Federal, State, and Local laws that set minimum training requirements for lifeguards.
  3. Have the communities we serve perceive lifeguards as highly trained emergency-rescue professionals.
  4. Be held on the same level of professionalism as Police and Fire agencies.

Committee Tasks

        The Professional Standards committee, formed in 2015, will spend most of their time collecting data, creating surveys, evaluating areas of need, and organizing a plan of implementation. The sharing of ideas across agencies is critical, as is the understanding of local, state and federal guidelines. The committee reports will be shared with the CSLSA Board of Directors every six months.

Committee Update - November, 2016

        The Professional Standards committee met at the Fall, 2016 Board of Directors' meeting and discussed the data collected from the survey (below). They added several topics of interest to their agenda, including drone policies, sand holes (max depth ordinances), a creation of a training material database accessible for CSLSA members, and minimum training hours on a spread sheet for specific equipment or operations for Recurrent/seasonal & Full time/permanent employment. They also discussed Tattoo policies and polled the agencies present if they had adopted common Fire Department policies.

        For the Spring, 2017 season, the committee will focus on creating a draft spreadsheet of training/operation hours that can be filled out by members at the April spring meeting and emailed out as well. They will also post updated information on sunscreen/sun protection, drones, and service dog policies on the Professional Standards webpage. For the Winter, 2017 season, the committee will continue to collect survey responses and assimilate with previously-gathered information in their goal of identifying the minimum standards and qualifications for all lifeguards.

Professional Standards Survey (from Spring, 2016 BOD)