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Ocean Beach Pier Jump Tradition Continues Celebrating The San Diego Junior Lifeguards And Jumping To Save Lives By Bringing Life Skill Opportunities To Youth In San Diego

**update** the 2nd OB Pier Jump will take place on Monday, August 7th. Tickets will open to the public on Monday, July 24th. Link to purchase tickets online will be posted on PDFSD website and social accounts.

Are you interested in doing something adventurous while supporting a life saving cause for youth in the local San Diego community? On Monday, July 10, 2023, the public is invited to join the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego (PDFSD) and the San Diego Junior Lifeguards (SDJG) for the annual Ocean Beach Pier Jump. Thanks to the OB Pier reopening last weekend, this annual tradition that started over 30 years ago will continue.

“We are thrilled to have the Ocean Beach Pier open and to continue this special event for the San Diego Junior Lifeguards and the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego. The funding from this event is extremely important to our community. The proceeds allow us to provide JG scholarships and access to swimming lessons in communities of concern throughout San Diego,” said Nicole McNeil, President of the PDFSD. “This allows life skill opportunities for kids who wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to learn how to swim, become a junior lifeguard, and prepare for a future career as a lifeguard or swim instructor.”

Event details:

Join PDFSD as they support the SDJG’s and host their largest fundraiser of the year. This is a fundraiser and the ONLY TIME jumping from the Ocean Beach pier is allowed. Space is limited to the first 100 people (18+ older) for each jump session (8:00am and 12:00pm). 

Proceeds from this event benefit the PDFSD efforts to provide SDJG scholarships and free swimming lessons for youth without access in San Diego. In 2022, PDFSD funded over 26 grants with over 8,000 youth participants throughout San Diego County. This includes water safety swim programs at over 26 schools and providing all of the SDJG Scholarships. 

Details and Jump Requirements

WHEN: Monday, July 10, 2023

JUMP TIMES: 9am – 11am / 1pm – 3pm

WHERE: Ocean Beach Pier

WHO: San Diego Junior Lifeguards, Parents, and Public 

MEDIA: Welcome to attend and jump. 


Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego believes that drowning is preventable and it is our mission to engage the community in a continuum of water safety programs and initiatives that provide access to the life-saving skill of swimming. Since 2009, our purpose has been simple: we do everything we can to prevent drowning by spreading awareness and funding swim lesson programs for targeted individuals who have limited access to gaining the life-saving skill. With our local school, community, and aquatic partners, we have impacted tens of thousands of young people in San Diego County and made their lives safer and more enjoyable.

Quick Facts:

  • Each year in California, over 400 people die from drowning and more that 1,200 are involved in non-fatal drowning incidents which require a visit to the emergency department or hospitalization.
  • Drowning is the number one cause of death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of death for children under 14.
  • 92% of drowning deaths in California are residents, 5% are from other states and 3% are from other countries.
  • 48% of all drowning deaths occur in June, July and August.
  • California has thousands of miles of ocean coast and inland lakefront, nearly 200,000 miles of rivers and over 1.3 million pools. Californians love the water, but the risk of drowning is ever present.

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