Cities and Counties: Standards
Quality of Overall Performance — A recognized acceptable lifesaving system or an approved adaptation of one of these systems must be employed. Two recognized systems are: The Surf Lifesaving Association of Australia, and the Los Angeles County Ocean Beach Lifesaving Program. Evidence must be produced that a like quality of performance is being achieved.
Lifesaving — Lifeguards must have at least a current Water Safety Certificate and be able to demonstrate acceptable proficiency in lifesaving technique;
First Aid — Lifeguards must have a current standard or advanced Red Cross first aid card and be able to demonstrate acceptable proficiency in first aid practices;
In-service training must be an integral part of the lifesaving program;
Proficiency drills and practice sessions also must be an integral part of the program;
A record of practice sessions and rescue attempts is to be submitted to the appropriate Region State Parks Supervisor at the end of each session.
There must be at least one guard tower or designated lifesaving post at each designated swim area;
Radio and/or telephones must be available at the tower or station to immediately summon additional lifesaving assistance in the event of an emergency;
A vehicle must be available at or near the tower or station for immediate use.