Huntington Beach/HB, known today as Surf City USA,is not only one of our nation’s busiest beaches but has a long and upstanding history in the professional development of lifeguards and lifesaving in America.
Author Kai Weisser, a Huntington Beach Lifeguard since 1979 and
marine safety officer since ‘85, has brought together over
220 photographic images, with captions, that tell the story of the
individuals, events, changes and growth within the organization
that have helped shape and mold the HB lifeguards into one of
today’s foremost marine safety agencies.
From HB’s first (unpaid) lifeguard George Reynolds, 1904-07,
to the early pioneers that helped birth and grow the service until
just past WWII, though most of these names would remain anonymous,
are well worth spending time getting to know in the initial chapter
including early rescue equipment, vehicles and H.Q.
From the late 1950s until present day, Huntington Beach has
provided some of the most prolific personalities in the creation
and evolution of the National Surf Life Saving Association/NSLSA
(1964), now the United States Lifesaving Association/USLA (www.usla.org) and the World Life Saving
Association/WLS (1971). (In February 1993 World Life Saving merged
with the ‘Eurocentric’ Federation Internationale de
Sauvatage/FIS (1910) to form the modern day International Life
Saving Federation. (www.ilsf.org)
Max Bowman was elected the first secretary of the NSLSA in
‘64 and in ‘88 was elected as WLS president.
Additionally, Doug D’Arnall was elected general secretary of
WLS in’88 and Vince Moorhouse served as the first
international liaison upon the formation of the WLS and was a
founding member and later president of the NSLSA. Bill Richardson
would also become the president of the USLA in 1992. Currently,
Michael Bartlett is the editor of American Lifeguard magazine.
(Thank you gentleman for your commitment & contributions to HB
From major surfing events, to local and international Lifesaving
competitions, to an outstanding role model Junior Lifeguard
program, to a Southern California beach setting, the Huntington
Beach Lifeguards have a story of vigilance, dedication and service
that few can match.
“Huntington Beach Lifeguards” is the fifth
‘Lifeguard history’ from Arcadia Publishing/ Images of
America series. The four other books include “Ocean City
Beach Patrol” by Fred Miller 2004, “Los Angeles County
Lifeguards” & “Santa Monica Lifeguards” both
by Lifeguard Historian Arthur C. Verge 2005/2007 &
“Lifeguards of San Diego County” by Michael T. Martino
Each of these books are well researched and wonderfully presented.
Each contain a concise amount of information and are well
illustrated with long forgotten and/or rarely seen photographs of
individual’s, beach and ocean views and especially enjoyable
images of vintage rescue equipment, vehicles and Lifeguard H.Q.s
from the earliest recorded days of the agencies and organizations
These books are $19.99 and are available at local retailers, online
bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or
Here’s to hoping for future books in the series including but
certainly not limited to Lifeguard histories from Atlantic City,
Chicago, Santa Cruz, Miami Beach, Wildwood, Ft. Lauderdale, New
York, Jacksonville and other points in between.