During the summer of 1979, Hoag’s intensive care unit admitted five
young people with severe neck and spinal cord injuries suffered at our
local beaches. This tragic summer was the inspiration for Project Wipeout.
Developed by a concerned group of Hoag physicians, nurses, local paramedics
and lifeguards, the program has reached millions over the last 35 years
through community events, school presentations and collaborative efforts
with lifeguard agencies and other injury prevention organizations. Project
Wipeout teaches young people about the potential dangers that exist at
our beaches and other open bodies of water, the types of injuries that
occur and how to prevent them.
Project Wipeout Mission Statement
The mission of Project Wipeout, as part of a non-profit community hospital,
is to save lives and prevent injuries at our beaches, both locally and
nationwide, by developing and distributing Beach Safety information.
Project Wipeout Lifeguard Conference
Join us for the 38th Annual Project Wipeout Lifeguard Conference Monday,
July 10, 2017 7:00PM at Hoag Hospital Conference Center.
- Focuses its efforts on those most at risk – children and young people
between the ages of 16-30.
- Serves as a resource for beach safety information including neck and spinal
cord injury prevention.
- Participates in community events and provides free Beach Safety educational
presentations and materials to schools, community organizations and the media.
- Forms partnerships with members of Lifeguard and Fire Departments, teachers,
parents and committed volunteers in order to broaden public access to
our beach safety message.