Laguna Beach Lifeguards to celebrate 90 years of ocean lifesaving on June 15

For over 90 years, Laguna Beach Lifeguards have patrolled city beaches to ensure beach goers a safe and fun filled day as well as protect our ocean environment. 

What began as a small troupe of able volunteers back in 1929 has evolved over 90 years into a highly trained and skilled professional lifesaving organization that keeps watch over thousands each day during the summer. 

To help recognize and celebrate the men and women of LB Lifeguards, both past and present, a day full of activities are planned on Saturday, June 15. 

 The festivities will start at Main Beach at 10 a.m. with a lifeguard friendly beach team relay competition and LB Lifeguard group photo, followed by a Marine Safety Headquarters public tours. A lifeguard picnic lunch will follow, and finally a no host cocktail social hour will be held at Hennessey’s Tavern at 5 p.m. where Guards and friends can re-connect with tall tales of lifesaving over the many years.

Laguna Beach lifeguard tower

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna Beach Lifeguards have been keeping watch over our beaches for over 90 years

Laguna Beach Lifeguards compete in several national and international ocean competitions each year. The morning team run-swim-paddle relay, scheduled to start the 90th Celebration festivities, will exhibit the lifeguard’s ocean athletic skills as well as demonstrate some of their ocean rescue techniques. 

After that, a massive historic LB Lifeguards photo will be staged in front of Main Beach Tower with veteran and current LB Lifeguards, snapped by former LB Lifeguard and award-winning photographer Mitch Ridder. 

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Department of Marine Safety will conduct public tours of their modern Lifeguard Headquarters for all to learn how their central command operates. Lifeguards and family members will then gather at noon at Picnic Beach Park for a hosted BBQ and view several historic Laguna lifeguard photos and memorabilia. 

The day will culminate with a final gathering at Hennessey’s Tavern in the upstairs room, from 5 - 9 p.m., to reminisce about old lifeguarding days in Laguna.

The Laguna Beach Lifeguard 90th Gathering event is supported by the Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguard Foundation in conjunction with LB Marine Safety Association. The Laguna Beach City Council will recognize the LBLG 90th Anniversary with a city proclamation at tonight’s June 4 council meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. 

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