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

When Disaster Strikes…Are You Prepared?

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On July 8th, 2017, the San Fernando Valley experienced a power outage caused by a power distribution fire at a LADWP facility in Northridge, CA. The fire started at approximately 6:30pm and power had to be shut down to the facility before LAFD could initiate an attack on the fire … Continue reading

Extreme Heat Preparedness (Southern California)

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The dog days of summer are here in Southern California as we are expecting the first heat wave that is being described as a very dangerous one for the region. We predict that this will be the first of many to strike the region during the course of this summer. … Continue reading

Some parents may underestimate drowning risks of children, new poll suggests

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  As summer is upon us here in Southern California, a new poll has come out to support a position that we have long subscribed to which is that many parents underestimate their kids swimming ability. This also includes not only the young but pre-teens as well. This underestimation and … Continue reading

Willow Healing Center Gives New Meaning To Concierge Medicine

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Just as Golden State Lifeguards has raised the bar in the Los Angeles private lifeguarding field, Willow Healing Center based in Woodland Hills located just outside of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley has raised the bar in medical care. Normally we do not blog about others however we … Continue reading

Are Pool Lifeguards Skilled Enough?

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The following is a story that was published by ABC News last July and clearly illustrates the need for better trained and disciplined lifeguards. It is true that experience combined with maturity does go a long way in the prevention of drownings. It also depends on the level of training … Continue reading

Lessons Learned – Southern California Storm

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On February 17th, 2017, Southern California was hit by what many are describing as the storm of the year. The severe rain storm that hit the region is one that occurs once every 10 years or so. Typically, these types of storms coincide with the El Nino years however this … Continue reading

American Red Cross Makes Lifeguard Program Revisions

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For many years we saw training being dumbed down for lifeguards however we are beginning to see advancements in training that will hopefully raise the bar for pool lifeguards all over the nation. We still believe that despite the new changes, lifeguards need more training than the required 24 hours … Continue reading

For drowning victims, CPR sooner is better!

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During the last few days we have been monitoring a story that suggests that for lifeguards, administering CPR sooner rather than later especially in the open water setting and on a boat is crucial to positive patient outcomes.  Another key is to ventilate sooner rather than perform CPR only. Fortunately … Continue reading