Ocean Lifeguard Training Academy Class of 2017 Graduates

The Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division is proud to announce the addition of 40 new ocean lifeguards into our ranks. Congratulations to the Class of 2017.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division, Class of 2017. Photo by Douglas Morrison.

by Pearl Castillo

Forty candidates graduated from the 2017 Ocean Lifeguard Training Academy on Saturday, June 17 at Dockweiler Youth Center in Playa Del Rey. Ten of the 40 new lifeguards are women.

“The graduation allows the new Ocean Lifeguards to share their pride and accomplishments with their families as well as show the importance the Department places on their work and their training,” said Rescue Boat Captain Brian Lanich. “I have confidence in everyone who completed the Academy and I’m excited for them to start their careers with the Lifeguard Division.”

The Lifeguard Training and Community Services Section conducted a rigorous 100-hour Ocean Lifeguard Training Academy held over five consecutive weekends from May 13–June 10. During the Academy, candidates learned ocean dynamics, various types of ocean rescues, basic life support certification, rescue boat operations, public relations and specific Department policies and procedures.

Every day, candidates trained in physical fitness, rescue work and medical skills, and competed in a physical event.  Physical events were a combination of running, swimming and problem-solving. They were designed to be physically challenging and resemble rescues lifeguards may face on the beach in an emergency situation.

The Lifeguard Division is responsible for protecting beach-goers along 72 miles of coastline, including 31 miles of sandy beaches and Catalina Island. In 2016, more than 56 million people visited Los Angeles County beaches.

Congratulations to the members of the 2017 Ocean Lifeguard Training Academy:

  • Ocean Lifeguard George Abele Jr.
  • Ocean Lifeguard Misael Acosta-Gomez
  • Ocean Lifeguard Timothy Allen
  • Ocean Lifeguard Richard Beck
  • Ocean Lifeguard Blaze Bird
  • Ocean Lifeguard Tyler Bleiberg
  • Ocean Lifeguard Kaylee Brownsberger
  • Ocean Lifeguard Decker Dempsey
  • Ocean Lifeguard Kevin Doria
  • Ocean Lifeguard Joseph Duerr
  • Ocean Lifeguard Bradley Ewart
  • Ocean Lifeguard Derek Fordham
  • Ocean Lifeguard Molly Garcia
  • Ocean Lifeguard James Gillis
  • Ocean Lifeguard Nicholas Granier
  • Ocean Lifeguard Nathanael Griffith
  • Ocean Lifeguard Katelin Harris
  • Ocean Lifeguard Maxwell King
  • Ocean Lifeguard Serafina King
  • Ocean Lifeguard Wyatt Kircher
  • Ocean Lifeguard Kelsey Lynch
  • Ocean Lifeguard Griffin MacTavish
  • Ocean Lifeguard Samuel Maloney
  • Ocean Lifeguard Jasmine Margetts
  • Ocean Lifeguard Taylor McGowan
  • Ocean Lifeguard Frank Meza
  • Ocean Lifeguard Mario Moran
  • Ocean Lifeguard Cindy Ngo
  • Ocean Lifeguard Shannon O’Brien
  • Ocean Lifeguard Gregory Paggi
  • Ocean Lifeguard Zachary Phillips
  • Ocean Lifeguard Marcus Rodarte
  • Ocean Lifeguard Stephanie Rodriguez
  • Ocean Lifeguard Kevin Schwimer
  • Ocean Lifeguard Griffin Scott
  • Ocean Lifeguard Isabella Siering
  • Ocean Lifeguard Scott Smith
  • Ocean Lifeguard Benjamin Tran
  • Ocean Lifeguard Samuel Waters
  • Ocean Lifeguard Roberto A. Zaragoza