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Training Dates
  • Rookie Academies - CLICK HERE

  • Training Committee

         At the Fall, 2017 Board of Directors’ meeting, the CSLSA Training Committee discussed the following:
    1. Effective 2018, all American Heart Association Certification cards will be processed and printed by using the AHA "e-card" application. Rosters sent to a Training Center will no longer be accepted.
    2. Adrian Rodriguez is the new Orange County EMS Performance Chief. He is now the contact for Lifeguard EMS procedures and protocols.
    3. The Orange County Drowning Prevention Network will be meeting at 2:00pm on Nov. 1, 2017 at the Marina Park facility in Newport Beach. Rob Williams will be representing the open water lifeguard departments in OC.
    4. The American Red Cross had disbanded their EMR Certification program, but due to public outcry, they are now keeping the program in place and will continue to certify for EMR.
    5. The newly-created USLA curriculum for Rescue Water Craft represent USLA's minimum standards for training. USLA encourages agencies to exceed these standards within the guidelines and adapt to local conditions. This pending curriculum is the first in a series of training guidelines, developed by representatives from each USLA chapter. The series will set a minimum national USLA certification standard for training guidelines.
    Training Officer Academy
         In years past there have been many inquiries relating to Training Officers and their credentials, their ability to efficiently instruct, and the material that is being taught. For several years the Southeast Region has conducted a Surf Lifesaving Training Officer Academy in an effort to give merit to the training officers of participating agencies. This academy has benefited the SER agencies in several ways. First and foremost, it created a common standard of both teaching and source material within the curriculum. Secondly, it established an objective to achieve for Senior Lifeguards who wanted to become supervisors and or trainers for their agencies.

    California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association

    The Training Officers Association is inviting lifeguard agencies to host training sessions, particularly in Tow Bar, Rope Rescue, Swift Water Awareness, Lift Bag Operations, and Recovery Dive. Please contact the CSLSA Training Committee Chair at

    Established in 1998, the goals of the California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association include the development of an instructor curriculum, a regional and state training standard, a course certification program and the establishment of an AA degree program. Most lifeguard agencies already use the minimum standard of course curriculum including the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider, California State Fire Marshal Emergency Medical Technician, NAUI Open Water Diver, NAUI Advanced Diver, and NAUI Rescue Diver. Accomplishments of the Training Officer's Association include the development of rookie lifeguard, recurrent lifeguard, permanent lifeguard, scuba and lifeguard managemement curriculums. The association continues to coordinate training on a regional level, including dive exercises, E.M.T. certifications, cliff rescue, and personal watercraft rescue courses.

    The California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association represents a majority of the California coastline. The State of California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, Long Beach, Seal Beach, United States Ocean Safety, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Lake Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Camp Pendleton, San Diego and Imperial Beach agencies have been instrumental in the development and growth of our association. A rookie and recurrent lifeguard curriculum is now fully accredited by Santa Ana College, thanks to the cities of Newport Beach and San Diego (Miramar program). Lifeguard training officers have completed the Instructor IA and IB courses and several cities are sending their lifeguards through the courses as an introduction to Fire Department training standardization.