Adult Ocean Safety Courses
Not all beaches along the California coastline are recommended for swimming or wading. The very things that make these areas such spectacular places to look at and enjoy can be lethal to those caught unaware along the shoreline.
Large surf, cold water, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shore break, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly.
There is limited lifeguard service along some portions of the coast. Check with on-duty Lifeguards about the ocean conditions. Please be aware that conditions may change quickly along the coastline. When in doubt—don’t go out!
These are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves or where a there is a stream or outflow into the surfline. The majority of ocean rescues made by lifeguards are due to victims struggling in rip currents.
Ocean Safety Coarses
The Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association has developed an in-depth ocean safety coarse that will help the average beach patron avoid dangerous circumstances and enjoy the beautiful coastlines of California and abroad.
Detailed information is available in the downloadable documents below;