The Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Association (HSBLA) is a subdivision of the California State Lifeguard Association (CSLA) and supports the 100+ California State Lifeguards stretched along Huntington and Bolsa Chica State Beaches. HSBLA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education on water safety as well as supporting our lifeguard competition teams. Each summer our members make over 4,000 aquatic rescues along the 5 miles of Huntington and Bolsa Chica State Beaches. It’s been said that the California State Lifeguards have one of the best ocean lifeguard training programs in the world.
Some Interesting Facts:
- California State Lifeguard service started in 1950 with the acquisition of Huntington State Beach.
- Bob Isenor was the first State Lifeguard Chief.
- Since 1967, California State Lifeguards have rescued over 210,000 people.
- First seasonal lifeguard “training” held in 1968.
- First rescue boat obtained in 1964.
- HSBLA members cover water at Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach.
- Full time (“permanent”) State Parks Lifeguards are also fully sworn peace officers.
- There are total of 28 lifeguard towers at Huntington and Bolsa Chica State Beaches.
- Lifeguards pulling in 2 or more victims at a time is very common.
- California State Lifeguard tryouts are held each year at the beginning of March.