Lifeguards survey the beach at La Jolla Shores. Photo by Chris Stone
Lifeguards survey the beach at La Jolla Shores. Photo by Chris Stone

On Friday Mayor Todd Gloria joined San Diego Fire-Rescue Department leadership to encourage beach safety during the long Memorial Day Weekend.

It was also an occasion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a partnership between Toyota and San Diego to provide lifeguard vehicles and introduce the city’s newest firefighting boat.  

“We want San Diegans and our visitors to have fun, safe and positive experiences at our beaches — and the City is prepared to help facilitate that,” Gloria said. “We encourage everyone who plans to spend time at the beach during this busy holiday weekend to know how to keep their family safe as well as the rules they must follow on the beach and in the water.” 

To ensure safety over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, lifeguards and San Diego Police recommend that beach visitors follow these guidelines: 

  • Rent boats and vessels only from licensed businesses to ensure you receive a properly maintained and insured vessel. 
  • Bottles and alcohol are not allowed on the beach or park areas. 
  • Always check in with a lifeguard before going into the water. Lifeguards can tell you safe swim locations and areas to avoid. 
  • Persons 45 years old or younger need a California Boater Card to operate a vessel. 
  • Kids under 13 must wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) while on any vessel. 
  • Ensure that there are enough personal flotation devices for all those onboard any vessel. 

The newest tool for fighting marine fires introduced on Friday was the Triton. The 38-foot Munson firefighting boat includes foam and radiologic detection capabilities.

It’s powered by quad 250-horsepower, outboard motors and is equipped with an engine that pumps 2,500 gallons of water per minute directly from the ocean. Triton is the first vessel in the San Diego area that can also deliver foam for marine firefighting.

The boat also carries medical equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus. The total cost of the Triton was $1.3 million and a large portion of that cost was paid for by a port security grant.