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The USLA and the American Lifeguard Association
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The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) is America's nonprofit association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers, and the publisher of American Lifeguard Magazine. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means.

The American Lifeguard Association is a for-profit company incorporated in Virginia and owned by an individual named B.J. Fischer. The American Lifeguard Association is not associated with or a part of the USLA. The American Lifeguard Association has no relationship with the USLA.

Unlike the American Lifeguard Association, the United States Lifesaving Association is a 501c(3) nonprofit entity which has been in existence since 1964. The USLA does not charge a fee to individuals for lifeguard training, but rather sets minimum recommended standards for the fitness, training, and equipping of beach lifeguards nationwide. Many of the major American lifeguard employers, including surf lifeguard employers and inland open water lifeguard employers, are certified to standards recommended by the USLA.

If you have interest in American lifeguard training, particularly in the surf or open water environment, we encourage you to contact one of our affiliated USLA certified agencies directly. Our website also offers extensive public education resources and media spokespersons. We invite you to explore our website, become a member, or make a tax deductible donation.

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