Fall 2019 Update

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Thank you for your continued support of our San Clemente Lifeguard & Junior Guard Foundation. Summer is over, and what a fantastic summer it was! Great weather and surf, and lots of activities. Now, it’s fall, when the crowds leave, ocean temps drop, and seasonal surf patterns change. Before we get too far into the new season, please join us as we recap Summer 2019.

A Word from the Chief

1029SCLJGF01I’d like to start by thanking each of you. Whether you are a supporter of our foundation, a parent of a Junior Lifeguard, a lifeguard, or a Junior Lifeguard, all of you play a role in keeping our beaches safe. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be able to partner with such a wonderful group of people.

Education, tools, training, and resources have all contributed to San Clemente’s outstanding safety record. The San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Guard Foundation has been tremendously supportive of promoting ocean safety through their generous donations. The foundation has provided equipment enhancements for our program, educational opportunities through scholarships, and allowed many families to participate in our Junior Lifeguard program who otherwise may not have been able to. Likewise, the foundation has provided support for our lifeguard program with supplemental equipment and personal gear for the lifeguards to support them in the field. Something all of our staff has appreciated very much. On behalf of Marine Safety and the men and women working here, I want to send a huge THANK YOU to you for your continued support.

You are truly making a difference in the lives of others.

Bill Humphreys
Marine Safety Chief

A Busy Summer!

Our San Clemente lifeguards were very busy again this summer. Here are a few statistics for Memorial Day through Labor Day. Great job Station 56!

  • 1,149 rescues
  • 21,344 preventative contacts
  • 26,996 public education contacts
  • 1,068 first aids, 7,367 ordinance enforcement contacts

And most importantly, another summer with NO LIVES LOST!


Meet Lifeguard of the Year, John Chetwynd

1029SCLJGF03Congratulations to Lifeguard of the Year, John Chetwynd. John was selected by his fellow lifeguards and was recognized at a lunch sponsored by the Exchange Club and our Foundation. John just finished his sixth summer lifeguarding and has been a JG instructor for five of those years. John is a senior at San Francisco State University, majoring in economics. He’s the head researcher for multiple studies, as well as the Vice President of the Economics Student Association. He’s also a big-time waterman and avid fishermen. Great job, John. Well deserved!


Another Fantastic Junior Lifeguard Program Summer

1029SCLJGF04The Marine Safety Department kicked off another incredible Junior Lifeguard summer on June 10th. More than 800 participants received education and experience in ocean safety, first aid, rescue techniques, body surfing, board surfing, body boarding, physical fitness, and Marine Safety operations.  Our Foundation provided 30 full scholarships for JGs that could not otherwise afford to participate in the program. We finished the summer off with our second annual Lifeguard/JG Surf Contest. The Surf contest was won by The Pigeons, led by JG Instructor Jaden Blanc-Hall. Congratulations, also, to JG of the Year, 15-year-old cadet Ian McKernan. Ian is a sophomore at San Clemente High. We’re looking forward to having him join the Station 56 team in the future. Special thanks to the San Clemente Kiwanis Club and Slyde Handboards for your support!

Our Foundation partnered with the City to produce a Junior Lifeguard promotional video. You can view the video at


Ocean and Beach Safety Awareness
We’re Getting the Word Out

1029SCLJGF05Increasing ocean awareness is one of our Foundation’s top goals. In addition to information placed in San Clemente hotels and restaurants by the Marine Safety Department, this summer we placed ocean safety posters in all of the trolleys serving San Clemente. We also were successful in having Metrolink conductors make a safety announcement on all San Clemente Pier stops. Thanks to the City of San Clemente and Metrolink for partnering with us!

Making Great Progress to Preserve Our Heritage

1029SCLJGF06We’re making great progress in preserving the heritage of Station 56 by archiving historical photos and capturing memories of our experiences as lifeguards and junior guards. Check out our website at There you will find Gallery and Storyboard pages that will take you back in time. Learn about the history of the Department, Tower 0 and Beach Patrol. Take a virtual HQ tour. Climb up the inside of the clock tower. Recently, we have added team pictures from 1958 – 1967, including the names of the guards in the photos. Thanks to Larry Moore and Jerry Hawk for making this happen.  We are currently researching history on how the lifeguards communicated in the early days. When did the PBX switchboard come into use? Anyone with information or pictures, please contact us at

Thank You, San Clemente Rotary

1029SCLJGF09On September 21, the San Clemente Rotary held a Poker Night to raise money for JG scholarships. The evening raised $2,500 This will allow eight San Clemente youth who otherwise could not afford the program to be JGs next summer. Thank you, San Clemente Rotarians!


Summer Role Model Series

This summer, we again partnered with the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center to provide community ocean awareness and safety programs. Together, we put together a three-event “Role Model” series where our young watermen and waterwomen met and heard positive messages from ocean lifestyle role models – lifeguards, top-ranked amateur and professional surfers, big wave chargers, SUP and lifeguards, paddleboard champions, ocean lifestyle ambassadors, environmental activists and local “legends.” Our first event on June 22 was titled Safety First! We followed that event with “Let’s All Share the Stoke!” on July 20 and “Girl Power in the Ocean!” On August 10. Many thanks to lifeguards John Chetwynd, Raselle Chetwynd and Sawyer Labbe who served as role models, and our sponsors, Bemus Landscaping, Kramer Orthopedics, South Coast Distributors, Dana Innovations and Stance.

Click here to listen to Role Model Dan Gudauskas talk about the importance of Junior Lifeguards at our Share the Stoke event –

The Positive Vibe Warriors Put on Another Epic Stoke O Rama!

1029SCLJGF12On Saturday, October 19, the Positive Vibe Warrior Foundation held the 8th annual Stoke-O-Rama at T Street. Young surfers and their families spent the day at the beach, participating in fun surfing competition, beach activities and just generally being stoked on life. Again, this year, the Positive Vibe Warriors will donate $10,000 to support our Junior Lifeguards and beach safety programs. Thanks so much, Positive Vibe Warriors. You rock! Photo by Max Weber.


Want Your Own Foundation Coffee Mug?

1029SCLJGF13We’ve teamed with to make Foundation gear available to you. Just go to  and order yours today! An easy way to support our activities.


Clean Ocean Program Grant

1029SCLJGF14Our Foundation recently received a $2,000 grant from the San Clemente Clean Ocean Program. The grant funds will be used to facilitate incorporation of Clean Ocean concepts into the Junior Guard training curriculum. Our goal is to increase knowledge, awareness and skills in watershed and Clean Ocean concepts. The grant money will be spent to provide education materials and motivational awards for accomplishment of learning objectives.

Become a Foundation Supporter

For just $10 per year, you can join us in supporting our lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard programs. All donations are used to provide supplies and scholarships for San Clemente Jr. Lifeguards and to support San Clemente Lifeguards. To become a Foundation member, visit Thank you for your support!

We’ve Updated Our Mission Statement

We recently updated our mission statement to reflect our commitment to preserving the heritage of Station 56.


The San Clemente Lifeguard & Junior Guard Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the safety and well-being of visitors to the beach through education, community partnerships, and providing resources to support the San Clemente Marine Safety Division’s Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard programs. The Foundation also supports preservation of the history and memorabilia of San Clemente Lifeguarding.

Please Keep in Touch!

We’d love to hear from you. You can keep up to date on Foundation activities by visiting our website at, our Facebook page, or our Instagram page at . You can also e-mail us at Please help us spread the word by passing this update on to your friends. See you in the water!

~~~~~~~ June 2019 ~~~~~~

Welcome to Summer 2019

Greetings, SCLJG Foundation supporter and happy summer! The ocean temp finally hit 70 degrees, which means summer is finally here. South swells, beach crowds, Junior Lifeguards, and long days are what we wait all year for. Here’s what’s been happening with our San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Guard Foundation and a few things on the horizon.

Summer 2019 Update Newsletter

Thank you for your continued support of our San Clemente lifeguards, Junior Lifeguards, and our Foundation. Have a fantastic summer!

Gudauskas – Positive Vibe Warriors Donate $10,000


Through the years, the brothers have given $70,000, allowing the city to better serve beach goers who visit the stretch of coast at Orange County’s southernmost city.

“I refer to them as our ‘community treasure,’” Greg Hulsizer, president of the San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Guard Foundation, said of the Gudauskas family. “When you listen to them, they talk a lot about their experiences as junior lifeguards, learning about the ocean — not just surfing, but how to enjoy the ocean environment and how to give back and take care of the ocean.” Click Here For Article


Former Guard Jason Gardner Navy Seal


Gardner is a 1987 graduate of Dana Hills High who grew up in San Clemente and guarded our beaches in the late 80’s. He retired March 1, 2019 as a Navy command master chief in the Navy Sea, Air & Land (SEAL) teams. He spent three decades of assigments in places such as Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. Read Fred Swegles’ article in the SC Times here


Foundation Adopts a Channel – Linda Lane


Lifeguards and Junior Guards appreciate first hand the value of a clean ocean. They work and recreate in  that water. Lifeguards  start the day, while watching the water, by picking up trash, broken bottles etc. from the area around the tower. Although some of the debris is dropped by beach visitors, a lot is washed down from the “watershed” upstream from the beach. Orange County has partnered with individuals, non profit groups like us, and businesses such as Disneyland to help keep the ocean clean for everyone to enjoy. The “Adopt a Channel ” program is similar to the “Adopt a Highway program”. We are proud to be a part of that and hope to pass that healthy ocean ethic on to the Junior Lifeguards.


Gudauskas Family Recognition

Fri 2/21/2019

The Gudauskas family was recognized by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Meeting. Dane and Tom both spoke and acknowledged the work of our Foundation. The CM and council members Ferguson and Ward were in attendance.

They received award plaques from Congress, the city, orange county Board of Supervisors, and the state Senate and state assembly. In the picture you have congressman Mike Levin, county supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Senator Pat Bates, assemblyman Bill Brough and Councilwoman Laura Ferguson.

Fall 2018 Newsletter!

Greetings and welcome to fall! Yes, fall, which many of us think is absolutely the best time of year at the beach. It also seems like a great time to look back and see what’s been happening with our San Clemente Lifeguards and Junior Lifeguards.

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Thanks for a Great Summer 2018

Below check out

  • Jr Guard Summer Video
  • Jr Guard / Lifeguard Surf Contest
  • Shuan Tomson at Surfing Heritage Culture Center
  • Jr. Guard Cadets Trip to Catalina
  • Kiwian’s Jr Guard of the Year

Jr. Guard / Lifeguard Team Surf Contest


On Sunday, August 26, 2018 the Foundation sponsored a Lifeguard and Junior Guard team surf contest at the pier that was highlight of the summer for everyone. Six teams of three Junior Guards and one Lifeguard were randomly selected. For four hours they competed to the cheers of a large supportive crowd on the beach. Each contestant received a swag bag that included a contest T-Shirt, surf wax that was donated by E-Bodyboarding, a pair of cool socks donated by Stance.  Electric also donated a pair of awesome sunglasses that was awarded to the Junior Guard in the championship round with highest scoring wave.  Electric sunglasses also donated some T-shirts as well.

OC Register Unique Surf Contest

Championship Round was between the Shredders and The Sharks.  The Shredders took the title.

1st Place – The Shredders:  Sean Staudenbaur (Ocean Lifeguard), Chase Mellott (JG), Dylan Kline (JG), and Sophie LeBourgeouis (JG),

2nd Place – The Sharks:  Chad Biggs (Ocean Lifeguard), Luke Adams (JG), Heath (JG), and Hannah Arthur (JG).

Click on the link below to see photos from the contest.



Shaun Tomson Presents “The Code – The Power of I Will” for JG’s and Families

Sponsored by:

On August 18th Shaun Tomson presented his “Surfer’s Code – Simple Lessons for Riding through Life” which teaches the influence of positive values on success in life. A full house (200+) at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center including a floor full of stoked kids were held in awe as Shaun used stories from his legendary surfing career to encourage everyone to have a simple list of 12 “I will do this…” to make good decisions. All children received a free copy of his book “”The Code: The Power of I Will”. Afterwards Shaun stayed late signing books and meeting with his many fans.




JG Catalina Cadet Trip 2018

On August 18th The Foundation sponsored an end of the summer trip to Catalina for the JG Cadets. Seven (7) of our Cadets were able to do a pier jump off the Catalina express mole, tour the Avalon LA County lifeguard facilities and rescue boat from the Lifeguard paramedic crew on duty, snorkel and feed the fish at Lovers cove and the casino dive park, swim at Descanso beach, and play on the inflatable obstacle course at the main beach in Avalon. Three of the Cadets on the trip will be old enough and plan to try out to be a San Clemente City Lifeguard this coming spring!


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Jr. Guard of the Year 2018 : Devlin Rowe

On August 10th JG Devlin Rowe was awarded JG of the year sponsored by San Clemente Kiwanis and the San Clemente Jr. Guard Foundation. Devin received a Slyde Handboard donated by and his name engraved on a perpetual plaque at San Clemente Lifeguard HQ.


Spring Grants and Donations

June 2018 The Foundation donated the following items for the San Clemente Jr. Lifeguards

  • Sponsored Cadet Jr. Guards end of summer training trip to Catalina.
  • Sponsored Jr. Guard competition team for the Regional Championships in July.
  • Donated funds for new GoPro Hero5 used for training and annual Jr. Guard Awards Event.
  • Donated funds for new Tug Of War rope.


May 2018 The Foundation donated $1,500 for security monitors that display live video feeds in the Lifeguard dispatch from the beach camera’s used to monitor beach and swimmer activity.


In May 2018 The Foundation was featured in the Summer 2018 American Lifeguard Magazine. American Lifeguard Magazine – Gudauskas article


In April 2018 the Foundation Board approved $4,000 grant towards JG Scholarships


In March of 2018 the Kiwanis Club of San Clemente donated $1,000.00 the the foundation in support of the Lifeguards and Jr. Guards.


In January 2018 the San Clemente Lifeguard/Jr. Lifeguard foundation received a $10,000 donation from the  Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation.

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