Drowning Prevention & Awareness



Golden State Lifeguards is committed to educating the community on drowning prevention & awareness as every year drownings take the lives of children and pets needlessly. Drownings are preventable!

Every summer our staff is out canvassing various communities and attending health & safety fairs to educate on the dangers of drowning. Most importantly we are letting many homeowners and event planners know that we exist to provide private lifeguards for kids parties and other types of aquatics events where the potential of drowning may occur.

If you would like to speak with us or would like to schedule Lifeguard Chief Ed Castillo to come out to speak on drowning prevention & awareness, please email us at info@goldenstatelifeguards.com

Chief Castillo will come out to your place of business, school or meeting. Speaking fee for Chief Castillo in the San Fernando Valley is $100.00 which includes all materials (handouts) for attendees and light snacks/coffee. (Groups of 10 to 25 attendees)

All media inquiries can be directed to media@goldenstatelifeguards.com

If you would like to sponsor us with in-kind donations that will allow us to continue to educate the public about drowning prevention and awareness, please email us right away. Our goal is to get the message out there to the masses by hiring a dedicated staff of educators who can hit the streets and get information to those who can benefit from the info.

Let’s not waste time and let’s start saving lives!!



We recommend having multiple layers of water safety protection:

  • Make sure there is an isolation fence around the pool, separating the pool from the house and the surrounding yard. It should be at least 4 feet high, with self-latching and self-locking doors.
  • Install secondary barriers such as house door alarms, water disturbance alarms and child immersion alarms.
  • Make sure kids have constant supervision when they’re in or around water. Designate at least one adult “water watcher” at all times. If you’re with a group, have adults take turns.
  • Teach kids survival swimming skills.
  • Kids that are not strong swimmers should wear US Coast Guard-approved, well-fitting life jackets. (But be aware they don’t make your child drown-proof — still keep constant watch.)
  • Set water safety rules for the whole family — for example, kids should never swim alone, inexperienced swimmers should stay in water less than chest deep, don’t dive into water less than 9 feet deep, stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings, etc.
  • Parents and caregivers should learn bystander CPR.
  • Swimming lessons and life jackets do not replace supervision. Always watch kids in and around water. Drowning is swift and silent — it can happen in less than a minute.
  • All pools should have a safety reaching device like a shepherd’s crook.
  • Keep a phone nearby so you can quickly call 911 in an emergency.
  • Remember, kids can drown in just an inch of water and it happens swiftly and silently — drain inflatable pools and coolers after each use.
  • Ensure pools and spas have compliant drain covers, and are kept in working order.







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