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.
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. [PubEduc] 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, 2017
The Public Education committee is in the process of gathering information from all lifeguard agencies to create a schedule of Junior Lifeguard “Block the Blaze” cancer prevention presentations for the 2017 summer. They are also preparing for the distribution of “Block the Blaze” banners to all agencies and foundations. CSLSA thanks the Ben Carlson Foundation for donating $2500 to the “Block the Blaze” program. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) created this nationwide “Block the Blaze” program. The CSLSA partnership with JWCF is the most successful Public Education program in CSLSA′s history and has become a nation-wide model.
The committee is also discussing how to use the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and Ben Carlson Foundation artwork both regionally and nationally. The committee chair will share the artwork at the next USLA Board of Directors′ meeting.
Newport Beach is now leading the "Project Wipeout" program. Ian Burton, the Project Wipeout coordinator will manage agency participation in summer events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.