Project Wipeout

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:

  • 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.‚Äč