Beach Safety – Treatment For Stingray Injuries

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Golden State Lifeguards is a private provider of ocean lifeguards in the Southern California region and as such, we see and hear a lot of things in our daily operations. This summer (2017) we have seen numerous stingray incidents at local beaches and we realized that many beach visitors are… Continue reading

Shallow Water Blackout – What Is It & How To Prevent It!

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Every Summer without fail we hear reports from all over the United States of deaths attributed to Shallow Water Blackout (SWB). This is something that can be experienced by the strongest military swimmers to small children in backyard pools. This type of drowning does not discriminate and is an equal… Continue reading

Tombstoning

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According to Wikipedia and other sources, tombstoning is described as the act of jumping in a straight vertical posture into the sea or other body of water from a high jumping platform, such as a cliff. The posture of the body, resembling a tombstone gives the activity its name.  … Continue reading

Beach Safety – Head & Spinal Injury

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Most beach-related neck and spinal cord injuries are caused by the awesome strength of the ocean’s waves or by diving head first forcing a person’s neck and spine into harmful, unnatural positions or hitting the bottom. Spinal injuries can have lifelong consequences for the victim and family and once spinal… Continue reading

Beach Safety – Rip Currents

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Rip currents 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 in Southern California at any beach with breaking waves. Rip currents can be killers. The United States… Continue reading

Beach Safety – Stingrays & Jellyfish

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STINGRAYS Stingrays are not aggressive animals and are easily frightened. Unfortunately, they often bury themselves in the sand in shallow water for protection from predators. This is when they are most hazardous. If accidentally stepped on by a hapless wader, stingrays flip their tail, which has a barb at the… Continue reading