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May, 2014  // Posts published in May, 2014

30 May Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Memorial Magic

Memorial Magic

Memorial Magic

Somehow it all came together for Memorial Weekend. The beach cleaning crews worked from midnight until people started crowding the beaches in the morning to remove the Sargassum from the shoreline. By first light the beaches looked pretty good. We finished the last little part of the new lifeguard training Friday night and the rookie […]

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23 May Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Memorial Weekend

Memorial Weekend

Memorial Weekend

It’s here! Beach season is on us. Depending on a multitude of factors, somewhere between 250-500,000 people will visit the island this weekend. And it won’t stop there. Last year, Galveston tourism set records for visitation and visitor spending. More than 5.8 million visitors came to Galveston Island, spending $687.2 million to generate an economic […]

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16 May Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Night Swim Bonding

Night Swim Bonding

Night Swim Bonding

Ultimately, it’s all about relationships. Wednesday evening at 5pm on the west seawall 75 lifeguards will dive into the surf and swim. They’ll make their way to the east. At some point they’ll get out and run through a series of obstacle stations. It might be a mud crawl or a rope climb. They may […]

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09 May Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Training and CPR

Training and CPR

Training and CPR

Tomorrow is the last day for lifeguard tryouts. If you know anyone interested have them show up at the UTMB swimming pool at 7am. They’ll swim, interview, drug screen, compete in a run swim run for starters. Those that make it will start the 100 hour lifeguard academy that takes place over the next two […]

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08 May Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on 50 Years

50 Years

50 Years

The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) is America’s non-profit open water lifesaving organization. They provide certification standards for beach and lake guards, public education material, publish statistical information, oversee lifesaving sport, reward heroic acts, advocate for drowning reduction in open water, and much more. Last week the 50th anniversary of the present form of the […]

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