The San Diego Association for Lifeguards is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Lifeguard services on
On December 9th, 2009, the City Council adopted Mayor Jerry Sanders proposal that will go into effect January 1, 2009. Although the citizens of San Diego have voiced their opinion in opposition of reducing service levels, Blacks beach will become an un-supervised beach.
SanDAL would like to officially thank everyone for your support and hard work in the SanDAL project. If you do go to Blacks, we suggest that you exercise caution; know your limitations, and bring a communication device.
Ocean Lifeguard service began in 1917, prompted by 13 downing’s in a single day at
In 1983, the City attempted to close Blacks beach and removed Lifeguards from the area; the result, delayed response to emergencies and a fatal drowning. The following attatchement is an article from the LA Times regarding the incident.
A budget shortfall does exist and we certainly do not expect to not to share part of the burden to move towards a balanced budget. For fiscal year 09, Lifeguards agreed to pay cuts and mandatory furlough. More cuts need to be made, which is understandable. However, reducing staffing levels or un-staffing towers, or cutting the Boating Safety Unit, would be morally irresponsible. “One drowning is one too many”.
If you want to keep Lifeguards one the beaches and bays, follow the How You Can Help Tab. Write your political representative, write the Mayors office. Tell your story. If you or a loved one was saved by a Lifeguard, share your story. Get Invloved!