Dr Martin Hedstrom Scholarship

The Dr D. “Martin” Hedstrom III Memorial Scholarship

for Awesome People Who Want to Make the World a Better Place


Introduction: Dr Martin Hedstrom was an ocean rescue lifeguard in Jacksonville Beach, Florida before completing medical school in the Dominican Republic. He was a charter member of Lifeguards Without Borders and was dedicated to community service and drowning prevention. More importantly, he was an adventurous, outgoing, all-around awesome guy that was a close friend and brother to us all. He was a best friend to everyone he met, and gave everyone of us stories upon stories to tell of our travels, rescues, and adventures. He was a family man and had 3 children with his wonderful wife. Unfortunately, while his wife was pregnant with their third child, Martin’s life was cut short when he died unexpectedly while undergoing cardiac surgery.

Purpose: To honor the legacy of Dr Martin Hedstrom by seeking out and supporting like-minded individuals who share the values and sense of adventure Martin lived by in their pursuit of higher education in the fields of emergency medicine and/or drowning prevention.

Description: Martin took what he learned on the beach with him into his medical career, determined to attack the drowning problem from multiple angles. Reducing the global burden of fatal and non-fatal drowning requires more than just lifeguards. We need engineers, doctors, lawyers, prehospital personnel, community organizers, behavior experts, and big picture people all working together. In Martin’s honor, Lifeguards Without Borders is offering two scholarships to individuals committed to taking a fresh approach and using their unique skill sets to reduce the burden of drowning locally and globally. Scholarship funds are unrestricted and can be used towards all associated educational or living expenses.


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Uganda 2014

Costa Rica 2014

Nicaragua 2014

Water Safety Products

We have partnered with Water Safety Products, one of the oldest and most respected names in Lifesaving uniforms and equipment. They are offering a special line of Lifeguards Without Borders clothes and hats, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting our organization. If you are a guard, know a guard, or just want to support us, please check it out by clicking the banner below: