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The California Surf Lifesaving Association is providing a sample template of a Lifeguard Pledge (below) and encourages agencies to use, modify, and/or create their own Lifeguard Pledge, according to their respective needs and specifications.

Please repeat after me:

As a Lifeguard, I dedicate myself to saving others who may be in danger and accept that my duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives, prevent injury and death whenever possible by educating the public about aquatic hazards and providing emergency response and care.

I recognize that my personal and professional life should reflect the attributes of SERVICE, VIGILANCE, ENDURANCE and I pledge to keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courage and calm in the face of danger; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department.

Recognizing that drownings may occur within seconds, I will maintain my physical readiness and vigilance at all times. I will respond immediately when I see those who are in danger. I will be courteous and respectful to the public; my co-workers; my supervisors; and to those I may lead.

I recognize the lifeguard patch of my department as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the lifeguard service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession as a lifeguard for name of your agency.