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Original Watermen Partners with Watermans Applied Science

Popular local lifeguard, surf company Original Watermen partners with Southern California-based sunscreen producers Watermans Applied Science

CARLSBAD, CA – (May 9th, 2012) - Original Watermen, a nationally recognized supply leader for lifeguard and watermen professionals, is now partnered with Watermans Applied Science, producers of high-performance sun protection products.

“Original Watermen only partners with the best products in the market that are tested and proven by professional lifeguards, athletes and watermen,” said Jeff Jones, Sales Manager for Original Watermen. “Watermans Applied Science shares the vision and knowledge of what is needed to sustain a life spent in the water.”

Original Watermen is the sole lifeguard distributor of Watermans Applied Science sunscreen, distributing to lifeguard, military and other agencies nationwide. The company distributes Watermans sunscreen to local agencies such as the City of Encinitas, Encinitas Junior Lifeguards, Coronado Lifeguards, and Huntington State Beach, among many others. Original Watermen has also noticed an increase in popularity with the sunscreen among Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) agencies, as well many Departments of Public Safety and Parks and Recreation agencies nationwide.

“Their sunscreen is great – our sales reps will send out a sample packet for a head lifeguard to test out, and the feedback is tremendous,” said Jones. “Watermans Applied Science has hit the industry so hard, it’s tough to keep the product on the shelves.”

Watermans Applied Science, based out of Buena Park, CA, offers a line of different types of sun protection products, including a lip balm, skin cream, and a face stick. Face sticks are growing increasingly popular among lifeguards because the hands-free application is non-greasy and has a lightweight feel.

“We are stoked to work with the Original Watermen crew,” said Pete Stirling, Brand Manager at Watermans Applied Science. “Their dedication to providing customers with top gear and our commitment to making the best sun protection products go hand-in-hand - the partnership is a perfect fit.”

In 2011, Original Watermen tripled sales in retail and mail-order with its surf-inspired clothing and expects major growth in all areas of the company for the upcoming year. Original Watermen, Inc. owns the trademarks Original Watermen, Watermen, Waterman and Earn Your Salt. In the past year, the company also signed several local, Southern California surfers to their own Original Watermen Surf Team and sponsors the Carlsbad Surf Team.

To order Watermans Applied Science sunscreen or for a sample pack, agencies can visit Original Watermen’s Web site at http://www.originalwatermen.com/lifeguard/lifeguard-waterman-sunscreen.html or call (800) 414-3181. Orders can also be made through Watermans Applied Science store at https://watermansappliedscience.com/html/store.php


Like so many great things in the ‘80s, Original Watermen 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, CA locals and eventually the State of California lifeguards signed up for 36 red shorts. Since those early days, Original Watermen has evolved and grown, now outfitting over 1,900 organizations from local and state agency lifeguards and fire fighters to military Special Forces. Original Watermen, as a company, was created with a solitary vision: provide the best quality, fit, and performance in every garment.


Leif Madron, Original Watermen PR Specialist