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CSLSA chapters and agencies provide the public with educational opportunities to learn beach and water safety through their junior lifeguard program, public relation endeavors, promotional materials, collaboration with schools, museums and health agencies, guest speaking engagements, and on-the-job-teaching to millions of ocean, lake and pool visitors. The CSLSA believes that educating the general public is the key to preventing injuries and incidents at our public beaches and pools.

Downloadable Materials

      CSLSA encourages cities, parents, and agencies to utilize the Beach & Water Safety section of this website. It contains valuable information for educating the general public. A Friends of the Redwoods grant and a National Sea Grant have combined to fund the production of over 1500 USLA/NOAA rip current and beach signs. To download and/or print these materials, go to USLA's sign and brochure webpage.. A beach safety activity book geared for children 7-11 is also available and a new USLA Safety brochure has now been posted. In collaboration with Hoag Hospital, the CSLSA has contributed content, logo, mission statement, junior lifeguard information and website address. One of the winning posters in the Junior Lifeguard summer contest was included. To download the Activity book, a Coloring Book and a Beach Injuries booklet, CLICK HERE. Each year, the CSLSA Public Education committee distributes "Be Safe, Be Seen" posters and Junior Guard book covers to all chapters and agencies.

News    Updated October, 2017

      The Public Education committee discussed the following at the Fall, 2017 CSLSA Board of Directors' meeting:
  1. Lauren Fraga, from the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, will be contacting Junior Guard programs after the first of the year to start scheduling presentations for 2018. She related a story of a Los Angeles County Junior Guard recognizing a spot of melanoma after viewing the JWCF presentation this year. JWCF continues to support the CSLSA mission at the highest level with another $5,000 donation.
  2. The committee discussed developing a "Sting Ray" banner for distribution.
  3. Hoag Hospital's Project Wipeout would like to introduce its program to public schools, especially inland area schools. The purpose is to increase knowledge and change the behavior of children regarding potential dangers in the aquatic environment.
  4. The Public Education Committee Chair will be gathering statistics from all agencies for use in applying for grants and asking for support from organizations and businesses. He will need: A. Annual Public Education presentations (fairs, festivals, etc.). B. Estimated number of contacts or visitation for these events. C. Public Education items used and distributed (retractable banners, table tents, brochures, etc.)
  5. The committee discussed how they could make the public, lifeguard agencies, and media more aware of the SoCal Paddledown for Cancer Relay, an annual event. From committee suggestions, the chair will do the following: A. Create a Hand-out for distribution to parents and media. B. Create a "boiler plate" media release that each agency can distribute prior to the relay. C. Create a Paddle Outline with lifeguard agency contacts and other information for distribution to agencies. D. Meet or contact Surfer Magazine and Surfline to ask for their involvement.
  6. The Chair is in the process of collecting Junior Lifeguard Handbooks so that he can convert them to a digital format and post them on the CSLSA website, share them with Project Wipeout personnel and present them on a national level.
One method of informing the public of beach and water safety is through the use of community television. Cable companies are typically under contract with local governments to provide free Public Service announcements. Any agency interested in learning the application process, please contact our Public Education Committee Chairperson at


2017 National Beach Safety Week - May 22-29, 2017

Each year, as summer begins, the United States Lifesaving Association sponsors National Beach Safety Week in an effort to remind beachgoers to use caution in the aquatic environment. National Beach Safety Week begins the Monday before Memorial Day and ends seven (7) days later on Memorial Day Monday. For more information and sample proclamations, CLICK HERE to visit USLA's National Beach Safety Week webpage.

Project Wipeout

Project Wipeout was developed in 1979 by a group of concerned Hoag physicians and nurses, local paramedics and California lifeguards. The program teaches young people about the potential dangers that exist on our beaches and other open bodies of water, the types of injuries that occur and how to prevent them. It has reached millions over 35 years through community events, school presentations and collaborative efforts with lifeguard agencies and other injury prevention organizations.

Project Wipeout's mission is to save lives and prevent injuries at our beaches by developing and distributing Beach Safety information. The program focuses on children and young people between the ages of 16-30. It serves as a resource for beach safety information and participates in community events. CSLSA is a partner of Hoag's Project Wipeout and works on a statewide basis to broaden public access to beach safety information. To access the Project Wipeout Website, CLICK HERE.

View Dr. Sempsrott's "Pre-Hospital Care of the Drowning Victim," which he presented at the 2016 Project Wipeout Lifeguard Conference. Please click on "Watch on Vimeo" and use the password CSLA2015

Drowning Resuscitation Project Wipeout from Lifeguards Without Borders on Vimeo.

Project Wipeout’s Beach Safety Videos now on YouTube. CLICK HERE

Banner and Booth Availability Calendar. Click Here to go to the calendar.

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 to reserve Rip Current or Block the Blaze banners. Please include your chapter name, reservation date and phone number.
The rip current banner is a great public education tool!


 to reserve the Public Education Display Booth.
Please include your chapter name, reservation date and phone number.
The refurbishing of the display booth has been completed.


bullet Project Wipeout - free, downloadable educational materials promoting beach safety and spinal cord injury prevention
bullet For Kids - Coloring Book (downloadable)
bullet For Kids - Interactive educational games and quizzes on water safety
bullet Free brochure and sign - (downloadable) on rip currents
bullet Beach and Water Safety information - (Spinal injuries, safety tips, and rip currents)
bullet For further information, contact our Public Education committee chair.