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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.


      Our public education program has partnered with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) to educate over 20,000 Junior Lifeguards this summer (2014) on skin cancer recognition and prevention. JWCF will also provide half-gallon pump jugs of sunscreen for every lifeguard tower in the state of California. To accomplish this, JWCF provided a 'first' -- an official count of towers in the state. There are 790! A goal of the Public Education committee is to supply every lifeguard agency with their own set of 3 banners for Skin Cancer Prevention.
      The public education committee continues its goal of distributing over 100,000 "table tents," 10,000 bookmarks, and 30,000 brochures to coastal hotels and businesses with close proximity to the beach throughout California. These materials will educate visitors as to water safety. 70% of this project is funded by grants.
      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

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

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 to reserve the Rip Current Banner. 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.


2014 National Beach Safety Week - June 1-7, 2014

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 has been changed to coincide with Rip Current Awareness Week. National Beach Safety Week and Rip Current Awareness Week begin the first Sunday of June and end seven (7) days later on the following Sunday. For more information and sample proclamations, CLICK HERE to visit USLA's National Beach Safety Week webpage.

Project Wipeout Update

      The 2014 Project Wipeout Lifeguard Conference at Hoag Hospital was a resounding success. The agenda featured speakers from NOAA, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Gordon Graham and the Excellence in Lifesaving Award. Bob Moore and Bill Richardson also showed their presentation on CSLSA's 50 years of Lifesaving Excellence.
      Hoag Hospital has a new DVD on beach safety. Also, all Project Wipeout materials are now in English and Spanish. These materials, including posters, are available to all agencies. Contact the Public Education Chair.
      Discussion by the committee involved taking this Orange County model to other counties: San Diego and Ventura are possibilities. Also discussed was making the Table Tents more user-friendly for swift distribution to all lifeguard agencies. Hopefully, hotels and restaurants could display these smaller models to further public education on safety. San Diego City requested 1000's of Table Tents for this purpose.


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.