July 18, 2019- HELP! Lifeguards of San Diego County

Help-Lifeguards-book-blueThurs. July 18, 7 PM- The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents: HELP! Lifeguards of San Diego County, By Michael Martino
At Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
Join Michael Martino, former chief lifeguard with the California State Parks, as he discusses the life and death stories behind the formation of San Diego’s lifeguard service.
This lecture, based on Martino’s book HELP! San Diego Lifeguards to the Rescue, begins with the early pre-lifeguard years when citizens helped with rescues and bathhouses along the coast hired their own private lifeguards. Unfortunately, these well-intentioned efforts were not enough to safeguard the public, and from the ashes of tragic incidents rose a dedicated professional lifeguard service that has provided beach safety for San Diego families for over 100 years.
Michael T. Martino has served in every capacity as a lifeguard with the California State Parks, starting as a seasonal employee and working his way up to aquatic specialist, the chief lifeguard in the state park system.

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