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 the lifeguards can arrive on scene. The City offers Surfer Awareness in Lifesaving Techniques – or “SALT” – training to protect the surfers as well as those swimmers who may be in danger. These free classes occur on Saturday mornings once a month at the Marine Safety Training Center located at First St. & PCH in Huntington Beach.
The program is tailored to local hazards and teaches basic lifesaving skills 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 [email protected] for more info.