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Lifeguard Career  // Posts tagged as "Lifeguard Career"

Galveston’s Lifesaving History

Galveston’s Lifesaving History

Galveston’s lifesaving history is long and storied, much like Galveston herself. In the 1800s, Galveston Island was one of the largest cities in Texas. Galveston hosted the first post office (1836), naval base (1836), cotton compress (1842), a Catholic parochial school (Ursuline Academy, 1847), an insurance company (1854), and also the first gas lights (1856). […]

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Swift Water

Swift Water

The first lifeguards were trying to spot shipwrecks and help the occupants off as best they could. Most of the work happened at night as sailing ships weren’t able to see hazards during the dark hours. It was cold and dangerous work, especially considering that very few people were able to swim at the time; […]

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09 Feb Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Summer Time is Almost Here

Summer Time is Almost Here

Summer Time is Almost Here

With this cold weather it’s hard to believe that we’re on the verge of starting beach season. We’ve started our daily patrols and it’s only a month till our first lifeguard tryouts and academy, which will happen over Spring Break. Our full time crew has been working hard to get everything ready for the season. […]

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02 Feb Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Leadership Training

Leadership Training

Leadership Training

As the 7 strangers sat in a circle around the table I briefly looked around and was surprised to see each person’s attention riveted on the speaker. The man in front of us was the team leader. He described a time in his life where he found his only son dead in the house. He […]

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26 Jan Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on New Era of Rescue Services?

New Era of Rescue Services?

New Era of Rescue Services?

Recently some footage of what was reported to be the first real water rescue made by a drone at Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia went viral. There were two swimmers just outside the surf line kind of floating around. The footage was from the drone itself as it dropped this package from maybe 100 […]

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19 Jan Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

I guess it’s all in how you look at it. I hate the cold. I’d be happy if it never dipped below 80 degrees year round. I have a lot of friends through the International Lifesaving Federation from all over and I mentioned how cold it’s been here to  the head of the lifesaving federation […]

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12 Jan Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Cold Winter Days

Cold Winter Days

Cold Winter Days

I had a suggestion from a friend this week to write about how we deal with the cold water and air while working in the beach environment. It’s an interesting topic since even when we’re building towers, working on signage, or even working in the office we have to be ready at a moment’s notice […]

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05 Jan Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Lyle Gun

Lyle Gun

Lyle Gun

It was a moonless bitter cold night as the hooded figure walked along the beachfront. His long coat swirled around him as the icy rain and wind whipped through his clothes despite his efforts to keep them wrapped around his thin body. He held his lantern to the side so as not to hamper his […]

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29 Dec Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Botswana

Botswana

Botswana

Since 1983 I’ve missed one summer of lifeguarding in Galveston. That summer I missed was because after college I took a job teaching on a one year contract in Botswana, Africa and traveled at the end of my contract for about 9 months. My teaching job was in a small mining community on the edge […]

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22 Dec Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on So Much To Be Thankful For

So Much To Be Thankful For

So Much To Be Thankful For

During the holiday season I try, as many of us do, to focus on the things I’m thankful for.  This year I asked each of our permanent staff members what they, as a representative of the Beach Patrol, feel most thankful for. Here are their responses: “…adequate resources to protect almost 7 million visitors a […]

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