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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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06 Oct Chief's Column, On The Beach | Comments Off on Gulf Magic

Gulf Magic

Gulf Magic

My friend David and I were 11 and 10 when we made skim boards. We rode them after the rains in the flooded ditch in front of my house until our moms couldn’t put up with all the cuts and scrapes anymore and my mom started taking us to the beach. We spent hours and […]

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29 Sep Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Beautiful and Fun Weekend Ahead

Beautiful and Fun Weekend Ahead

Beautiful and Fun Weekend Ahead

We are now officially in the nicest time of the year in Galveston! Cooler weather is almost upon us, but the water will be warm enough to enjoy without a wetsuit for several weeks. Each day seems to be emptier and more beautiful than the one before. This time of year seems to be when […]

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22 Sep Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Night Rescue

Night Rescue

Night Rescue

Supervisors Dain Buck and Thomas “TK” Mills made their way carefully through the dark night to the other side of the Ship Channel to the North Jetty. They squinted through the spray kicked up by big, rolling swells as the powerful watercraft motor churned them along. The water was still rough but was a bit […]

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Lightning

Lightning

The lone lifeguard stood on Stewart Beach. The air was thick as a dark, green frontal system moved in from the north.  In the distance lifeguard trucks drove up and down the beach using their loudspeakers to let people know lightning was moving into the area. Bolts of lightning struck nearby.  The lifeguard whistled at […]

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01 Sep Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Galveston Marine Response Group Assists with Harvey Rescues

Galveston Marine Response Group Assists with Harvey Rescues

Galveston Marine Response Group Assists with Harvey Rescues

Michelle Gomez slid off of the rescue sled and into the water. She half swam, half waded to the door of the house. Calling out to let anyone who might be in there, she entered the dark cavern of the downstairs. She thought about how glad she was that she was wearing her full wetsuit […]

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25 Aug Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Big Rescue

Big Rescue

Big Rescue

Time slowed as I jumped off the wall and ran to the water. I noticed two groups of people in the water and a woman running out. A group of four was ¾ of the way out to the end of the 33rd street groin and right in the middle of the “no swimming” area. […]

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04 Aug Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Teamwork Across Texas Agencies

Teamwork Across Texas Agencies

Teamwork Across Texas Agencies

It has been a rough summer on the upper Texas coast up to this point and this has led to some cause and effect incidents that are both interesting and tragic. We’ve had a persistent strong wind for most of the season, resulting in strong lateral current and surf. This has, in turn, led to […]

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12 Jul Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on May School Graduates

May School Graduates

May School Graduates

We are having another tryout and lifeguard academy that will start at 7am on June 15th. Information is on our website. Spread the word! Last weekend we had a big turnout for our lifeguard tryouts. Typically, less than half of the people that show up make it through the process and are admitted into our […]

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12 May Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Tryout Time

Tryout Time

Tryout Time

Lifeguard tryouts are this Saturday! I’m relieved we’re finally to this point. Spring is always tough for us to staff the beaches since so many of our seasonal employees are either college or high school students. Fortunately, we’ve had a number of our high school guards who have been willing to come out and work […]

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