Santa Monica Lifeguards

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Arcadia Publishing, 2007 - History - 127 pages
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From the early days of the 20th century, when lifeguard legend Cap Watkins rode a horse to make ocean rescues, to present-day crew members who are aided by Baywatch rescue boats, the history of the Santa Monica Lifeguards is one of the most colorful in ocean lifesaving. Under these guards careful gaze, Pres. John F. Kennedy swam along the Santa Monica shoreline, Charlie Chaplin collected seashells, and surfing icons Duke Khanamoku and Miki Dora took to the waves. From historic legends to millions of yearly beachgoers, Santa Monicas lifeguards have provided decades of ocean-lifesaving services. Their work has helped to make Santa Monica Beach the world-renowned destination it is today.

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Author Arthur C. Verge, a full-time professor of history at El Camino College and a Los Angeles County lifeguard since 1974, has used official archival photos to trace the compelling history of the largest and busiest lifeguard service in the world.

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