About Us - the Story of Original Watermen® - makers of Original Lifeguard Trunks® since 1979
Like so many great things in the 70's, we started in the back of a VW bus. Surfer and lifeguard, Ken Miller and future wife Jen, began making and selling water trunks. The first customers were Carlsbad locals and eventually the State of California lifeguards signed up for 36 red shorts.
Since those early days we have evolved and grown and eventually outfitted over 1700 organizations from local and state agency lifeguards and fire fighters to military special forces. Original Watermen, as a company, was created with a singular vision: provide the best quality, fit, and performance in every garment. Few industries have the opportunity to test their mettle each time a great set rolls in. We’re fortunate; we do.
At Original Watermen we measure our success by the performance of our products and the satisfaction of our customers. If you're new to us, welcome aboard...it's time to earn your salt.
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Forged in California, our products are tough, tested and proven by thousands of Lifeguard agencies across the USA.....