Galveston Island Beach Patrol provides a Basic Water Rescue course to many Galveston first responders and surf camp instructors. We want to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to many types of aquatic emergencies. Once completed, participants will know the characteristic behaviors of someone who needs help, and learn some basic reaching and throwing assists.
We also teach the signals we use at Beach Patrol to communicate with each other, in case we are working on a rescue together. Living on an island, we believe the more people who have a basic knowledge about beach and water safety, the better. Participants are not trained lifeguards, but they learn how to protect themselves while assisting others, and when to alert the proper first responders, if needed.
The Basic Water Rescue course is 4 hours long and a $5 fee covers the cost of an official certification.
If interested in scheduling a course for your agency or group, contact Kara Harrison at 409-763-4769.