The United States Lifesaving Association is America’s nonprofit open water lifesaving organization. It provides certification standards for beach and lake guards, public education material, publishes statistical information, oversees lifesaving sport, rewards heroic acts, advocates for drowning reduction in open water and much more. Last week the 50th anniversary of the present form of the organization was held in Huntington Beach, Calif., along with the biannual board of directors meeting and educational conference.
Lifesaving in the United States originated in the Northeast and many older coastal communities, including Galveston, had life houses staffed by the U.S. Lifesaving Service in the late 1800s. In fact, here in Galveston, we go back at least as far as 1875.