Oceanside Lifeguards Proclaim National Beach Safety Week
May 21, 2011
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 begins the Monday before Memorial Day (which is the last Monday in May) and ends seven (7) days later on Memorial Day. A public proclamation for National Beach Safety Week was made at the May 18th 2011 Oceanside City Council Meeting.
The objective of National Beach Safety Week is to make citizens aware of the need to be safe while in and near the water. This objective stresses the following:
- Swim Near A Lifeguard
- Learn To Swim
- Never Swim Alone
- Don’t Fight The Current
- Swim Sober
- Leash Your Board
- Don’t Float Where You Can’t Swim
- Life Jackets = Boating Safety
- Don’t Dive Headfirst, Protect Your Neck
- At Home, You’re The Lifeguard
Our waters can be a wonderful recreational resource, but they can also be treacherous. Lifeguards are provided by the City of Oceanside in an effort to reduce the number of accidents at our beaches and enhance the safety of its users. We cannot do the job alone. An informed public is essential to maintaining adequate levels of beach and water safety.
The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving beach safety in America and we are an affiliate chapter of USLA. Our membership includes professional beach lifeguards in this area, joining lifeguards from across the country.
USLA Regions, local chapters, and lifeguard agencies assist in promoting national beach safety week by requesting that their local and state political leaders issue a proclamation declaring National Beach Safety Week and by sponsoring press conferences to inform the public.