The rip currents in areas of the surf along Huntington Beach can be so powerful and fast, even experienced swimmers can panic.  But often there are surfers nearby who have surfboards that can double as lifesaving floatation devices and can provide emergency response services before lifeguards may arrive on scene.  The City offers Surfers’ Awareness in Lifesaving Techniques – or “SALT” – training to educate surfers and swimmers who may be able to assist if an emergency arises in the water.  These free classes occur on Saturday mornings once a month at the Huntington Beach Marine Safety Training Center located at First Street & Pacific Coast Highway. 

The program is tailored to local hazards and teaches basic lifesaving awareness and hazard recognition to the local surfing community.  The training includes a classroom introduction to rescue techniques, a video that showcases how it works, followed by an in-water practice session in non-emergency settings with lifeguard instructors. 

If you’d like to find out more about the SALT training program, you can check out the available classes in HB Sands City Recreation guide or email the program at for more info. 

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