About Us

OfficesidebarThe Water Safety Patrol is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1920 by Simeon B. Chapin.  Its mission is to keep Geneva Lake safe and enjoyable for all.  A total of over 80 people make up the entire summer staff which is managed by Operations Director Ted Pankau, Associate Director Brigid Cashman, and Assistant Director Sean Slattery.  All Staff members must meet strict qualifications and participate in ongoing training.

The patrol is made up of three main branches:

  1. Lifeguarding
  2. Educational Programs (including Swimming Lessons and Boating Safety Classes)
  3. Boat Patrol

Funding for the Patrol comes largely from annual individual contributions thanks to people who share a common concern for safety on Geneva Lake. The organization is not a government agency and receives no tax support. Please learn more about how you can support the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol here.