September 22, 2010 -
Lifeguard Cuts in San Diego?
NBC San Diego is reporting that critics of a proposed new sales tax in San Diego (Proposition D) are suggesting lifeguard cuts as an alternative to higher tax rates.
September 10, 2010 -
Illegal Filming in Laguna Beach
The crew of The Real Housewives of Orange County has reportedly been citing for filming lifeguards in training without a permit for commercial photography and filming.
March 7, 2010 -
Lifeguards Still Needed and Still Being Hired
Despite massive budget cuts in all areas of state and local government in California, with furloughs and threatened layoffs in the news almost daily, lifeguards are still being hired for the upcoming summer season around southern California.
A schedule of tryouts in the different communities is up at the Orange County Register’s Beach Blog.
The Register also has a report on the conditions and the competitors at the March 6 tryout in Huntington Beach.
We had the chance to watch the tryouts at Laguna Beach a few years ago after brunch with some friends at the Greeter’s Corner Cafe there, and snapped a few photos that might give you an idea of what the prospective lifeguards are in for at these tryouts.
January 2, 2010 -
Not much new on coastal access law lately, though enforcement and services are remaining pretty bleak due to California’s ongoing budget crisis. Â The reductions in lifeguard services, particularly at state beaches, is particularly bad news and will undoubtedly, inevitably, lead to more bad news.
On the bright side, your host did do some “field research” at the Del Mar Penguin Plunge yesterday with the husband and several hundred of our closest friends. Â Happy New Year!
March 17, 2008 -
Lifeguard Tower Red-Tagged
Interesting that as things heat up again over the use of the Children’s Pool in La Jolla as a seal refuge, the lifeguard tower there gets red-tagged due to the city’s ongoing failure to maintain its property.
The building might be unsafe, but the people in it have too often seemed to be the only one’s in the area capable of mature and reasoned thought. Who will provide adult supervision for the children now?
February 7, 2008 -
New Lifeguard Station in Coronado
An initiative the would have blocked construction of a proposed lifeguard station along Ocean Boulevard in Coronado has failed to pass, garnering only 47% of the vote. The planned 2,574-square-foot building will contain an office, showers, lockers and lifeguard vehicles and according to the San Diego Union-Tribune article, the construction is planned to start by April.
February 5, 2008 -
Lifeguards On The Ballot
Good post by Candace at Citizen Voices on election initiatives concerning a permanent lifeguard facility at Coronado.
November 21, 2007 -
Safety has Style
Sure it’s a bit off topic, but it’s a holiday weekend, and your webmaster is using his discretion.
July 15, 2007 -
Lifeguarding and Personal Responsibility
This is a bit off-topic since the site’s focus is beaches compared to pools, and since most beach lifeguards are public entity employees the liability issues are like apples and oranges, but I wanted to bring up last week’s incident at Great America in Santa Clara, where a 4-year-old drowned in an amusement park wave pool. The mother got a lot of press with anguished wails about the quality of the lifeguarding, including her claim that only four guards were present instead of the park’s claimed six. The Chron’s article does a good job of discussing the legal standard of care and industry practices near the end. Also of interest was this forum thread at firehouse.com (thanks to Google’s News Alerts for the heads up) discussing personal responsiblity as it applies in this case.
April 14, 2007 -
Santa Monica Lifeguards
The Argonaut has published a good review of a new book by Arthur C. Verge on the history of the Santa Monica lifeguards. The new book reportedly credits the lifeguards and the Santa Monica Lifeguard Service, which merged with the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Service in 1974, with turning Santa Monica into the tourist destination it has become. The book documents turn-of-the-century rescues and the early history of local attraction Muscle Beach, and includes documentation from Verge’s collection of over 2000 historic photographs of the Santa Monica lifeguards.
Interesting SitesBeachapedia.org Beachapedia
Cal. Coastal Commission Like them or not, they are one of the biggest players around when it comes to coastal access in California.
Howling Point Your moderator’s personal site. He does have a life outside of this, as shown by the occasional gaps in posting.
Surfrider Foundation Activities and campaigns for clean water, beach access, beach preservation and protecting special places.