The CAL FIRE/Pismo Beach Fire Department operates the Pismo Beach Lifeguard Division. Lifeguards are hired on a seasonal basis and will work from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The lifeguards protect a 1.5-mile stretch of beach with 5 lifeguard towers and a patrol vehicle. A Lead Lifeguard who reports directly to an on-duty Fire Captain or the Fire Chief supervises lifeguards. Seasonal staffing consists of 20 – 25 lifeguards.
The Pismo Beach Lifeguard Mission is to provide a safe atmosphere and environment for all beach patrons visiting Pismo Beach. To learn more about the Lifeguard Program, click HERE to view a short video presented by CAL FIRE.