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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.

Spring 2018 USLA Educational Conference Presentations

  •       Incident Management Teams - Los Angeles County Lifeguards(mp4)
  •       SALT Program - Huntington Beach (pdf)
  •       Lifeguard Training - City of San Diego Lifeguards (pdf)
  •       Swift Water, Dive Rescue - Long Beach Lifeguards (pdf)
  •       Project Wipeout with Will Koon (pdf)

  • 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 April, 2018

          The Public Education committee discussed the following at the Spring, 2018 CSLSA Board of Directors' meeting:
    1. The Public Education Committee Chair will work with Lauren from the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to create a public service announcement and help schedule presentations for Junior Lifeguards.
    2. This year's SoCal Paddledown will pass through the counties of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego from (approximately) mid-June to mid-July. The chair will create a media release and informational hand-out and distribute to lifeguards, parents and community members.
    3. Project Wipeout is looking for high resolution pictures of lifeguards performing medical aids, guards at tide pools with "no collection" sign, views of rip currents from the beach level and from the water level views, person with scraped forehead along with pier and jetty pictures. Also looking for good videos on any of the above. Contact Mike at .
    4. More rip current brochures and hopefully, coloring books will be printed for Project Wipeout.
    5. Thank you to HOAG Hospital for thier support funding.
    6. The Public Education committee will continue working on a Calendar. Also, they are still searching for a person to become the contact for scheduling of lifeguards for community education programs.
    7. USLA Educational Conference Presentations are now listed and linked on our Public Education webpage.
    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


    National Beach Safety Week - May 21-28, 2018

    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.