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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.

News    Updated Jan., 2016

      Our public education program partners with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) to educate our junior lifeguards about skin cancer recognition and prevention. This last summer (2015) the JWCF instructors conducted sessions on the recognition and prevention of skin cancer with over 27,000 of our Junior Guards, then provided feedback to the foundation for the preparation of a nationwide program. JWCF has named this nationwide program "Block the Blaze."
      In honor of Ben Carlson's dedication to lifesaving, ultimately losing his life in the line of duty in July, 2014, the Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation was formed to educate beach visitors on the hazards that exist along the California coastline. CSLSA thanks this foundation for their donation to the Public Education program. Funds went towards buying rip current banners for all CSLSA agencies and chapters.
      Ian Burton (CSLSA’s Project Wipeout Coordinator) and Mike Silvestri (CSLSA Public Education Chairman) work closely with Hoag Hospital's Project Wipeout Director, Linda Reuter. This year, the annual Lifeguard Conference was held on Wednesday, July 8th. The agenda featured spinal injury treatment, airway management for drowning, Critical Incident Stress Debriefment, the new Project Wipeout video project and the Excellence in Lifesaving Award. Lifeguard agencies provide additional staffing for Project Wipeout events, including the Lifeguard Conference, Orange County Fair, Imaginology, and Festival of Children.
      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


2016 National Beach Safety Week - June 5-12, 2016

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

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 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.


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.