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Professional lifeguards throughout the world have a rich tradition of exchanging lifesaving techniques, equipment, training methods and ideas. The CSLSA is proud to be a leader in this area by encouraging and promoting lifeguard exchanges within the CSLSA region and with New Zealand.


Inter-Agency CSLSA lifeguard exchange programs

Any professional lifeguard interested in visiting and observing the operation of a CSLSA Southern California or Hawaii Lifeguard Agency should be self motivated and able to initiate, organize and schedule an exchange. He or she should also consider the following guidelines:

  1. Possess a minimum of three summers of open water or surf lifeguard experience.
  2. Exchange with and represent an organization with USLA Certification.
  3. Obtain a letter of recommendation for an exchange from your lifeguard Chief, Captain or Lieutenant.
  4. Develop a contact person such as the training officer from the lifeguard agency you wish to visit.
  5. Identify an area of interest or focus such as front line or tower response, Rescue vessels or Junior Lifeguard program.
  6. Use your scheduled days off or get approval for paid training during the exchange.


CSLSA and Auckland, New Zealand exchange program

This exchange program started in 1969 and has a rich tradition of exchanging professional and volunteer lifesaving techniques and equipment. Each year two visiting lifeguards from New Zealand visit Southern California beaches in July for six weeks. Similarly, two lifeguards from California visit the coastline of New Zealand during January for six weeks. The application is contained within the Annual Notice (below).

 CA/NZ Exchange Blog
 CA/NZ Facebook page
 Annual Notice for the California/New Zealand Lifeguard Exchange.
 List of past California/New Zealand Exchange Lifeguards
 E-mail CSLSA Exchange Committee Chairperson