Public Safety Issues:
The life-protecting actions of the County’s Cora program can not be overstated. It was previously estimated that County’s Ocean Recreation Activity program (cora) provided a free added benefit worth about 3.5 million dollars a year in quasi-lifeguarding services, in part because all the county-regulated instructors are also trained first responders, and they are deployed at many of the beaches where lifeguards are not present. These instructors are often highly experienced experts in their fields and sports, so they are able to quickly assess risk and avert potential problems. And many times the instructors were able to provide timely interventions and also give the general public specific advice to help people from making bad decisions, which could have tragic consequences.