noun - Club Tortuga was a US Life Saving Association-approved Mexican water safety development project founded by Los Angeles County Chief Lifeguard Bob Burnside. As part of this project, the first Spanish beach lifeguard training manual was developed primarily as a translation of the US Life Saving Association manual. The development included a video depicting lifeguard issues throughout Mexico. Those efforts established Mexico's first government lifeguard employees who now serve under the States Fire Division Chief.
In 1995, Matthew Karl served as its first chairman with Bob Burnside as its Chief Advisor Patron. Kai Weisser, Marshall Parks, Tom Thayer, Don Johnson, Rob Webb, Victor Zavala, Gabriel Correa, and Roberto Madrigal were also part of the early Club Tortuga.