Lifeguard Exchange Program

The Los Angeles County Lifeguards are a division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and safeguard 72 miles (116 km) of coastline and provide paramedic and rescue boat services to Catalina Island.  In addition to providing for beach safety and emergency medical services, Los Angeles County Lifeguards have specialized training in rescue boat operations, underwater rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, cliff rescue, marine mammal rescue and marine firefighting.  The Los Angeles County Lifeguard Service employs around 150 year-round lifeguards and over 700 seasonal lifeguards. The Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association was formed in 2014 as a non-profit organization to promote beach and open water safety education and to become a community partner in ocean education, opportunities and experiences.

Proposal
To establish an ongoing program of annual exchange visits between international Lifeguard organizations which will mutually benefit both organizations and their respective goals.  

Purpose
To enhance the knowledge, skills and efficiencies of both organizations through the exchange of Lifeguard experiences, processes, procedures and tools.  

Learning Highlights
Tours and shadowing of key Los Angeles County beaches and operations including the following:
• Zuma Beach
• Santa Monica/Venice Beach
• Hermosa Beach/Cabrillo Beach
• Boat Operations
• Training Center/Junior Lifeguards

Budget and Logistics
The Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association will budget for 1 hotel room for the duration of the visit.  Where possible, the LACoSLSA will arrange for hosts in lieu of hotel stays.  Additionally, LACoSLSA will provide a vehicle for transportation of participants throughout their stay.

More detailed information is available in the downloadable links below:

RNLI LA County Lifeguard Exchange Program

LACoSLSA Welcome UK Lifeguards from RNLI

RNLI-LACoSLSA Exchange Program 2016