Supporting the Professionals Who Keep You Safe

This photo from 1981 is the only image the Del Mar Historical Society has that shows the three Chiefs. Gardner Stevens is third from the left in the back row. Grant Larson is fourth from the left in the back row. Pat Vergne is third from the left in the front row.

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.

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:

• Customized rescue boats 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.