In fact, the powerful rip currents, icy temperatures and strong waves at Ocean Beach are so dangerous that in 1998 alone, seven people lost their lives there. According to the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), the chance of drowning at a beach staffed by lifeguards is 1 in 18 million, but while Ocean Beach has a beach patrol provided by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it controversially has no lifeguard stands. Previous attempts to label Ocean Beach as a "designated area to swim" and therefore requiring lifeguard stewardship, have been rejected by the National Park Service amid fears that the presence of lifeguard stands would increase the volume of swimmers in the ferocious waters.
Data from the National Weather Service shows that beyond Ocean Beach, where eight people have died since 2014, other dangerous waters in the Bay Area include Marin County, where in recent years three people lost their lives due to rip currents or high surfs, at Tomales Bay, Rodeo Beach and Black Sands Beach near the Marin Headlands. Further down the coast fatalities have been reported in recent years in Gray Whale Cove and Rockaway Beach in Pacifica. While safer than Ocean Beach, nudist-favorite Baker Beach has had its share of tragedy over the years, its waters claiming three lives over the last three years.
The calmer Bay Area beaches, away from the West-facing ravages of the Pacific, have proven to also be sometimes perilous. The seemingly shallow shore of Crissy Field in San Francisco is only around three feet deep, giving swimmers a false sense of security before an abrupt drop off into the Bay. Last summer a 14-year-old boy stepped backward off the ledge and drowned in the deeper waters.
Tragically, the most common drowning site in the Bay Area, though, is under the Golden Gate Bridge, where approximately 1,700 people have ended their lives since Harold B. Wobber plunged to his demise three months after the bridge's opening in 1937. With the caveat that the vast majority of these deaths were intentional suicide, and the cause of death was often trauma or hypothermia instead of drowning, still, nowhere in the Bay has had more drowning deaths. The long-awaited safety net, currently under construction, was recently delayed and is now expected to be completed in 2023.
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The paddleboard series has 12 races and 16 divisions for 2020.
Fort Lauderdale's South Beach Launching Area (600 Northbound Seabreeze Boulevard)
The date for the 18th Annual Gene Bergman 10-Mile Row, Paddle & Surfski, here in Fort Lauderdale, will be Monday, January 6th, with a 10:00 AM start time.
This race, initiated in 1981 by Erik Jersted & Gene Bergman (originally called the FLBP 10-Mile Row), has been held consistently since then, and typically fields 10-15 surfboats. In recent years, we have opened it up to paddlers and surf skis.
We want to try to get as many New Jersey boat crews as possible for this year's event. We will do our best to provide boats and accommodations. Please let me know if you are interested in being in attendance:
The competition will begin at 10:00 AM on the beach in the South Beach Launching Area at 601 Seabreeze Boulevard (Northbound S.R. A1A).
This watercraft competition will require rowers and paddlers travel approximately 1.5 miles south to the north jetty at Port Everglades. After turning at the jetty, rowers/paddlers will continue straight out two miles to the whistle/bell buoy then diagonally back to the South Beach Launching Area. They will then row north 5 miles to Lifeguard Tower #20 at N.E. 18th Street, and then back to a finish at the South Beach Launching Area.
More than 40 men and women from across the state are expected to compete in the competition, which is named in honor of former Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue Captain and Aquatics Chief, Gene Bergman.
The fee for the competition is $20 and entry forms are required.
For more information regarding the competition or to receive an entry form, please contact Lieutenant Jim McCrady - Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue:
Contact: JMcCrady -at- fortlauderdale -dot- gov
Two girls and dad on the beach in Chicago. Ugh.
This is one way to address the shortage of lifeguards.
If you see someone being attacked by a shark while you are in the vicinity, would you try to help the person or get out of the water?
Lola Correa posted:
Get out of the water first, then attempt to help the person by throwing a flotation device or rope or something. Creating two victims that need rescuing is no help to anyone especially the first responder rescuers. The first rule of professional rescuers like Firefighters and EMS is “scene safety.” If you your self become another victim you’re doing no help at all especially to the original victim.