Lifeguard Operations Division



Lifeguard Operations' Role

Our Ocean Lifeguards protect up to 10 million beach visitors on Newport Beach’s 6.2 miles of ocean and 2.5 miles of bay beaches, with preventative actions and medical assistance. Every day of the year, lifeguards ensure safety and provide customer service to the visitors on the beach, boardwalk, piers, and in the ocean. The Lifeguard Operations Division provides the City of Newport Beach with the highest level of lifeguarding services and is recognized as an Advanced Agency by the United States Lifesaving Association. 

Special Usage Areas

May 1 - October 31:  The area between Tower 40 and Tower 44 is a designated Blackball area. No surfing or skimming during these months.

May 1 - October 31:  Flotation devices are prohibited at The Wedge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Body surfing only. No bodyboards, surfboards, or skimboards.

Newport Beach Rules and Regulations

  • No smoking on beaches, piers, or beachfront sidewalks
  • No glass on beaches, piers, or beachfront sidewalks
  • No alcoholic beverages on beaches, piers, or beachfront sidewalks
  • No dogs between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (year round)
    • Dogs must be on a leash and the owner must have a device for cleaning up messes
  • No digging holes in the sand deeper than waist-deep 

Surf Report (949-644-3171)
The Surf Report is updated twice daily: 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please visit surfline for live cameras and forecasts.

Lifeguard Safety Information
Have a fun, safe day at the beach by following these tips:

  • Learn to swim
  • Never swim alone
  • Swim near a lifeguard
  • Do not fight the current
  • Never swim while intoxicated
  • Leash your surfboard or bodyboard
  • Do not float where you cannot swim
  • Always wear lifejackets when boating
  • Protect your neck from spinal injuries:
    • STOP, Watch, and Walk into the water
    • DON'T dive headfirst into any unknown water
    • DON'T dive toward the bottom into oncoming waves
    • DON'T stand with your back to the waves
    • DON'T jump or dive from a cliff, pier, jetty or bridge
    • Avoid bodysurfing, bodyboarding or surfing straight "over the falls." Ride the shoulder.
    • In a "wipeout," land as flat as possible with your hands out in front of you.
    • While bodysurfing, keep an arm out in front of you to protect your head and neck. 
    • When in doubt, DON'T DIVE, play it safe!
  • Always wear sunscreen when outdoors
  • Be careful around the BBQ or fire pits.

Beach Wheelchairs

  • Beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Free of charge
    • Available in 2 hour increments
    • We do not accept reservations
    • Hours:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. off season, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
    • Available at Newport Pier between Towers 15 and 28 - pick up wheelchair at Ben Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters
    • Available at Corona Del Mar in Big Corona - pick up wheelchair at the Headquarters building next to the Tackle Box restaurant
    • Driver's License and cell phone number required


Beach Safety Information
Benjamin M. Carlson
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