William Koon is an ocean lifeguard and public health researcher and practitioner from California, USA.  William has worked as an ocean lifeguard with California State Parks since 2007, and been involved in the statewide Seasonal Lifeguard Training Program, the Orange Coast Surf Watch Rescue Boat Program, drowning and medical protocol revision, and the Department’s lifeguard social media.  William has a Master’s in Public Health from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, where his research focused on drowning epidemiology, lifeguard activity and effectiveness, and water safety programming for at risk communities.   William also holds a Graduate Certificate in Global Injury and Violence Prevention from the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle, and has worked on hospital based drowning prevention programs in Washington State and California.

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