Marine Safety

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Toyota Official Lifeguard
Vehicle of Surf City

The Marine Safety Division provides public safety to the City's Main Beach and Sunset Beach. Lifeguards patrol the 3.5 miles of Main Beach shoreline from Beach Boulevard north to Sea Point Avenue dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Lifeguard patrol in Sunset Beach is maintained from 10 a.m. until sunset. Daily staffing levels vary from five Marine Safety Officers in October through April, to as many as 65 lifeguards in the summer. During the fall and spring seasons, staffing levels are vary- based on attendance and weather conditions. Shifts are staggered that no less than two lifeguards are on duty during the early morning and late evening hours.

Safety Services

Marine Safety staff provides public safety through a variety of functions and responsibilities. The Ocean Lifeguard performs a vital role in providing frontline protection of life, limb, and property. Marine Safety Officers patrol and respond to ocean rescues, major medical and law enforcement incidents from their emergency vehicles and vessels. In addition, Marine Safety Officers supervise, train and assist the tower guards. Lieutenants oversee Marine Safety Officers as the Operations Supervisor, Training Lieutenant, or Administrative Lieutenant.

Specialized Training and Rescue Services

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Marine Safety staff are highly skilled experts in aquatic rescue and incident command. They are trained and equipped to respond to a variety of rescue incidents within and outside of their primary jurisdiction. This training and equipment make Marine Safety Specialized Rescue Teams a valuable resource for the city, and to other agencies requesting mutual aid assistance.

Facilities & Inventories

  • Marine Safety Headquarters, Marine Safety Education Center
  • 30 Lifeguard Towers & Tower Zero on the pier equipped with medical supplies
  • 14 Fully-equipped Toyota Emergency Vehicles
  • Underwater Search & Recovery Team Gear (SCUBA/Wetsuits & Dry suits)
  • Personal Protection Equipment for Chemical & Biological Exposures/Mark I Auto Injector Kits
  • 3 Twin-Engine Rescue Vessels
  • 3 Rescue Watercraft (RWC)
  • 8 Inflatable flood boats
  • 6 ATVs
  • Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Equipment
  • Cliff Rescue Gear Bags/Light Rescue Rigging Systems
  • 17 Automatic External Defibrillators
  • 800 MHz radio system (2 base stations, 15 portable, 15 mobile)

Our History

Huntington Beach has grown from a sleepy beach town to a premier resort destination. The Marine Safety Operation has grown to continue to keep the surf safe in Surf City, and remains a leading agency as well as an international lifesaving model.

Contact Us:

Beach Headquarters
103 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648-5183
Office Hours - Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Phone: (714) 536-5281

Did you know?

The city has over 1,000 parking spaces near the beach!  You can purchase the Annual Beach Parking pass that allows discounted parking prices near the City beach.  Learn more about this beach parking pass.

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