HUNTINGTON BEACH : Museum Features Lifeguard History

The colorful history of lifeguards along the California coast is the subject of a new exhibit that opens today at the International Surfing Museum, 411 Olive St.

Called “Heroes of Surf Lifesaving,” the exhibit includes photos, gear and equipment used by lifeguards over the past 90 years. The celebration of lifeguards is appropriate to the surfers’ museum, officials said, because surfing and lifeguarding have been intertwined over the years.

“Many lifeguards are surfers, so they’re really tuned in to the dangers of the surf,” said Kai Weisser, a city marine safety officer.


The World Lifesaving Assn. is headquartered in Huntington Beach, and its current president, Max Bowman, and secretary, Doug D’Arnall, live in the city. The National Surf Lifesaving Assn. was founded in Huntington Beach in 1964.

The lifeguard exhibit continues at the museum through May. There is no admission charge to the museum, but a $1 donation is requested. During winter months the museum is open from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.