Lifeguard services are provided by the Marine Safety Division of the Fire Department, for the 3.5 miles of state beaches managed by the City <map>. The remaining 2.5 miles of state beaches south of Swami’s are managed by the State Parks Department <map>. By performing a variety of valuable public safety services, Encinitas lifeguards attempt to ensure that all beach patrons have a safe and enjoyable time at City beaches. Traditional services include providing safety information to the public, preventative public safety, mitigation of safety hazards on the beach, open- and under-water rescues, first-aid, animal rescues and dead animal removal. Due to Encinitas topography, lifeguards also effect cliff rescues. In addition, there are approximately twenty lifeguards certified in swiftwater rescue, in teams that deploy countywide. Other duties include beach maintenance, bluff monitoring, crowd control, special event staffing, animal control, code enforcement, litter removal and disposal of marine debris. The purpose of having on-duty lifeguards is to ensure that beach visitors are supervised by individuals who are properly trained and equipped to perform lifesaving functions.
If you are planning a trip to the beach and are concerned about ocean conditions, it is recommended that you call the Encinitas Lifeguards at 760-633-2750 for advice on which beaches to visit and a report of current ocean conditions.
Visitors may also pick up a free tide book at the Marine Safety Center (MSC) at Moonlight, located at 400 C Street in Encinitas.
Have a safe and fun time on the beach and in the water!
Emergency (all hours): 911
Lifeguards (business hours): (760) 633-2750
Surf Report: (760) 633-2880
Junior Lifeguards: (760) 633-2752
HOURS OF OPERATION:
The Moonlight Beach Marine Safety Center (MSC) is normally staffed from 8:00 am until dusk 365 days a year. Summer season typically extends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Summer season lifeguard tower staffing hours:
Name Hours Notes/tower access
Grandview tower 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Neptune north of Grandview, parking lot
Beacon’s tower 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Neptune & Leucadia, parking lot
Stone Steps tower 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Neptune & S. El Portal, street parking
Sylvia St tower 10:00 am until 6:00 pm At bluff under Sylvia, MLB access
North tower 10:00 am until 6:00 pm North of MSC, MLB access
Swami’s tower 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Hwy 101, S of SRF, parking lot
Off summer season lifeguard tower staffing hours:
Name Hours Notes/tower access
Swami’s tower 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, Holidays
Lifeguard towers hours of operation may vary depending on pre-approved special event permits or beach attendance.
Beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Marine Safety Center at Moonlight Beach. Use of the wheelchairs is free of charge, however no reservations are accepted.
To arrange for a public education visit to your school or group, please contact the Encinitas Lifeguard Administration at 760-633-2749.