Lifeguards will continue to monitor Black’s Beach after UC San Diego recently decided to renew its contract with the city
Black’s Beach is located just west of the UCSD campus. Before the lifeguards were there full time, the closest station was at La Jolla Shores – with a response time of about eight minutes.
Last year, UCSD began working the city to restore the year-round patrol after lifeguard services were reduced because of the city’s budget limitations.
Since services were restored least year, lifeguards at Black's Beach have made 67 water rescues, performed 360 minor medical aids as well as 17 serious medical aids requiring hospital transport.
The UCSD surf team is among the regular visitors to the beach, practicing every week at Black's throughout the academic year.
"There are many emergency scenarios that can happen down there," UC San Diego surf team member Shaun Burrell said in a statement. "Even for advanced surfers, freak accidents can happen such as hitting your head on your board and getting knocked out. Having lifeguards at Black's Beach year-round provides a sense of safety and security to beachgoers."