Partnerships

Supporting the Professionals Who Keep You Safe

Del MAr Lifeguards

Del Mar Lifeguards posed in early 20th-century swimwear for this keeper of a calendar.

The City of Del Mar operates a well-regarded Lifeguard Service staffed by highly skilled permanent and seasonal lifeguards who patrol and oversee the City’s coastline. The department averages 1,400 water-related rescues and 1,100 medical aids per year. It operates 24/7 cliff, swift water and scuba rescue teams; enforces health and safety regulations; offers a Junior Lifeguard Program and handles many other routine and emergency functions.

Over many years, FOP support has helped position the Del Mar Lifeguard Service at the leading edge of its field and helped the lifeguards keep our beaches safe and enjoyable for all. In 2012, the Friends of the Powerhouse was asked to incorporate the nonprofit Del Mar Lifeguard Association into its organization.

Del Mar Lifeguard since I was 16 years old.-Pat Vergne


“I’ve been a Del Mar Lifeguard since I was 16 years old. As someone who grew up in the organization and now heads it, I am so impressed with the Friends of the Powerhouse – the people involved and the ways they have supported us, the City and the community. They have added immense benefits to everyone who comes to the park and beach.”
– Pat Vergne, City of Del Mar Community Services Director and Chief Lifeguard

Currently, FOP supports Lifeguard programs and services, including community outreach, the New Zealand Lifeguard Exchange and Disabled Veterans Program. It presents two annual events open to the public: the Penguin Plunge and Lifeguard Dance.

Over the past several years, the FOP has funded the purchase of:

• A customized rescue boat enabling lifeguards to perform surf rescues. This boat is utilized in 200-300 of the average 1,400 annual rescues. Watch video>>

• State-of-the-art lifeguard dive gear used in search and rescue efforts. Watch video>>

• Beach-ready wheelchairs ensuring access to the Del Mar beach for all visitors. The sand wheelchairs at the 17th and 25th Street lifeguard towers are available year-round on a first-come, first-serve basis.