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Kauai County Ocean Safety Bureau

Introduction

The Ocean Safety Bureau provides lifeguard services at several guarded beaches on the island.

Department Structure

At this time, very limited information is available for this agency.

We are looking for specific ocean safety lifeguard information, such as guarded beaches, tower locations and identifiers, call signs, work schedules, just to name a few.  If you have any useful information, please contact me, I'd love to hear from you!

Radio Communications

In 1997, all Ocean Safety communications switched operations to the Kauai County 800 MHz trunked radio system.  They operate on analog mode on two talkgroups specifically for lifeguard communications using Motorola XTS3000R portables.  These radios have inter-operable capability, and can be used to summon police, fire, or ambulance personnel without going through the respective agencies dispatcher.

Information on the 800 MHz trunked radio system can be found here.

Radio Call Signs and Lifeguard Tower Locations

The following is a listing of guarded beaches on Kauai that are not already listed in the Towers section:

 - Waioli Beach Park, Hanalei Pavillion Beach Park, Kealia Beach, Wailua Beach, Poipu Beach, Salt Pond Beach Park, Kekaha Beach Park

TOWER ID	LOCATION
Tower 5		Lydgate Beach
Tower 9		Haena State Park

Work Schedules

Approximate work schedules are 0900-1730 each day--will need to verify this information.  Ocean Safety Officers test out prior to beginning their shift, providing their ID and tower number to their dispatchers.

For More Information

- Official Kauai Fire-Ocean Safety Bureau: http://www.kauai.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=126

Media Articles

 - Kauai still fighting for immunity from lifeguard suits

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