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Cold Foggy Days

Cold Foggy Days

The water temperature on the beachfront dropped 12 degrees in 3 days last week. This is a pretty dramatic shift as only a degree or two makes a significant difference when you’re swimming. Because the water is so shallow here on the upper Texas coast the water temperature is constantly changing during the fall and […]

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Beach Front Improvements

Beach Front Improvements

As a teenager, when I had free time one of my favorite things to do was ride my bike on the seawall. In the late 70’s and early 80’s the beach was a big deal. Everyone I knew would ride bikes or hang out up there. Lifeguards and surfers ruled the day. As you’d ride […]

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01 Dec Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Tarzan of the Amazon

Tarzan of the Amazon

Tarzan of the Amazon

In 1976, at the age of 28, Kapax swam the length of the Magdalena River, a distance of over 1,000 miles. It took him about 5 weeks to do this. The Magdalena is a tributary of the Amazon River and Kapax, whose real name is Alberto Lesmes Rojas, was ahead of his time. We are […]

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25 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on 10th Anniversary of the Biggest Storm

10th Anniversary of the Biggest Storm

10th Anniversary of the Biggest Storm

I still remember how the water felt as I slogged down 16th street heading into the biting wind. How the grit had gotten in my water shoes and how saturated my skin felt after several hours in and out of the grimy water. The fear in my stomach as a transformer blew close by. Wondering […]

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17 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Water Safety

Water Safety

Water Safety

This week has been a great example of why Galveston in the fall is such a great combination. The water still hovers just over 70 degrees and the days have been beautiful. We still run patrol vehicles and are scheduled to do that until December 1st, at which time we’ll focus on rebuilding lifeguard towers, […]

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10 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Offshore Winds

Offshore Winds

Offshore Winds

If there’s one thing lifeguards hate on an offshore wind day is an emergency where a person is being blown out. When the wind blows offshore it creates a unique set of circumstances that can potentially be lethal. This is mostly a danger during the spring and fall when repeated frontal systems pass across the […]

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03 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Every year when the season slows down we review our season to see how we did. I enjoy the process because it helps show how the Beach Patrol is an entire safety and educational network, as opposed to merely the lifeguard service for the city of Galveston.  The process also helps target areas we can […]

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27 Oct Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on 2017 Rescue Wrap Up

2017 Rescue Wrap Up

2017 Rescue Wrap Up

There are still plenty of swimmers and an occasional person blown offshore when these fronts come through. In fact, last Tuesday, Brandon Venegas and Micah Fowler made a rescue of a kite boarder that had some equipment problems and couldn’t make it back in. The end of the season gives us a chance to assess […]

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27 Oct Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Lifesaving and the Future of Drones

Lifesaving and the Future of Drones

Lifesaving and the Future of Drones

Drones are a hot topic right now in a lot of areas, but the international lifesaving community is becoming more and more interested in them as we look to see the newest developments. It is however hard to separate fact from fiction in a world where a YouTube video can go viral and become “fact” […]

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13 Oct Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Double High Tides

Double High Tides

Double High Tides

Last weekend was the final day for the seasonal lifeguards to work. This means no more towers or tower lifeguards until next March. We’ll still have patrol units staffed with our fulltime guards out until December, and they’ll be back out patrolling on February 1st. We’ll also respond to 911 calls anytime day or night […]

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