A BIG NEW COASTSIDE IDEA.
In response to a continued barrage of ocean deaths over the years, local Stefanie Myhre has decided to do something about it. Michelle Dragony, also a local, has pledged to help.
Stefanie is logistics and operations and Michelle will be program development and outreach.
People just do not understand the ocean. Signs don’t work. Only one-on-one human interaction will work.
We are creating an all volunteer beach safety ambassador program. The goal of the Coastside Beach Ambassadors (CBA) is to increase awareness for the visitors who flock to our coastside beaches with three goals:
- Ocean mindfulness about tides, riptides and sneaker waves: “Always face the ocean” or “Never turn your back on the ocean”.
- Reminder to “pack it out”. When possible, we will provide a complimentary compostable trash bag as encouragement
- Need for fishing permit to take ocean wildlife
From South Half Moon Bay to Mavericks Beach
- Cowell Ranch Beach
- Miramontes Point Rd. (The Ritz) Beach
- Redondo Rd. Beach
- Poplar St. Beach
- Kelly St / St. Francis State Parks Beach
- Venice State Park Beach
- Sweetwood Camp Beach
- Dunes State Park Beach
- Roosevelt State Park Beach
- Miramar South Beach
- Miramar North Beach
- Mirada Beach Beach
- The Jetty / Surfer’s Beach
- Mavericks Beach
- Gray Whale Cove
Calling for Volunteer Ambassadors
Contact Stefanie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who, When, Where and How Does One Ambassador?
- emails us and gets on our email list:
- watches our virtual tailgate training on how to approach people as an ambassador (we will get this up soon).
- teams up with at least two for safety, just like Coastside CERT. Larger groups of pairs, like friends and families, are great to blanket a beach’s entry points, especially during a high wave event. (Try not to approach people in more than two, as that might be intimidating). Exception to two-team rule might be runners or hikers on remote beaches.
- sign a liability waiver
- wears a CBA approved vest for ID/branding
Once you have your vest you can ambassador when and where you like!
Like anywhere in the world….
Days: Any day you have time.
Hours: Daylight. Never at night. Never endanger yourself. Ambassadors are encouraged to ambassador as their schedule, enthusiasm and energy permits.
Scheduling: Neighborhood Beach Captains, like CERT, will manage their neighborhoods in that they will be a hub for garbage bags and information. Ambassadors can self-schedule.
We ask that you email Stefanie with a picture of you at the beach you worked and the hours you worked. We will track that to show people what we are doing.
Teams of two are preferred for safety, like CERT.
Where ever you are. Keep your vest and garbage bags at hand. You never know when you might find a need to ambassador!
Teams of two are preferred.
Teams of two are preferred.
“Hi there! Sorry to interrupt, but we are Coastside Beach Ambassadors.
- “We have had several ocean deaths on the Coastside this year.”
- “Would you like a free garbage bag to pack your trash out?”
- “Excuse me, do you have a fishing permit.” (If you see fishing or creature taking).
- Give garbage bags, only if needed. Don’t waste. There are two sizes, one for couples and one for families.
- Show QR code to wave, garbage and permit education on Coastside Buzz’s Coastside Beach Ambassador webpage.
Is It a Good Idea?
Ian Cairns thinks so.