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On The Beach  // Posts tagged as "On The Beach"

03 Feb Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Jesse Tree Support Network Fundraiser

Jesse Tree Support Network Fundraiser

Jesse Tree Support Network Fundraiser

Scanning the searchers briefly, I then turned to see with relief that a tent had been erected and the family was seated comfortably drinking water and talking to a Jesse Tree councilor who had just arrived… Thinking back over the past decade I have lost count of the times we’ve worked a drowning on one […]

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20 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Wave Watchers

Wave Watchers

Wave Watchers

Saturday afternoon I got a phone call from my friend Mark Porretto. He told me there were two kids close to the rip current on the west side of the Pleasure Pier. He added that they weren’t in immediate danger, but that we should check on them. I immediately radioed our “on call” unit and […]

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13 Jan Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Go Texas Beaches!

Go Texas Beaches!

Go Texas Beaches!

Some exciting things to do with ocean safety are happening in Texas right now. Galveston has had some type of lifeguard protection for recreational swimmers since just a few years after 1900. This isn’t the case for most of the Texas coast. For many years the beaches of South Padre Island didn’t have any type […]

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06 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Snowboarding Fun

Snowboarding Fun

Snowboarding Fun

Moving into position, I dropped in. There was a moment of free-fall and my stomach floated up briefly. Then I cut left, almost losing it for a moment, but then felt my board dig in, sending up a spray as I transitioned into the next turn. Surfing is my favorite thing to do. Looking back […]

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06 Aug Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Crabbing Trip Gone Wrong

Crabbing Trip Gone Wrong

Crabbing Trip Gone Wrong

The late afternoon sun danced across the water of the East End Lagoon. A six year old boy was crabbing in the shallow pool on the side of the road. As he walked back and forth his family fished, hung out, and enjoyed the beautiful Saturday afternoon. An occasional car crossed the bridge above the […]

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03 Jun Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Night Swim 2016

Night Swim 2016

Night Swim 2016

Most schools are still in session for one more week, so next weekend really marks the beginning of the full summer season. And it will start with a bang, since the 30th annual American Institute of Architects Sandcastle Competition will be held Saturday. This year we expect over 60 teams to compete for the coveted […]

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21 May Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Fin Cut and Night Swim

Fin Cut and Night Swim

Fin Cut and Night Swim

Last Tuesday evening a call came out that there was a shark bite at 42nd and sand with heavy bleeding, and unconscious person, and CPR in progress. Beach Patrol, EMS, Fire Department, and the Police Department were all dispatched to the scene. When everyone got there they expected something pretty dramatic. The first call on […]

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13 May Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Summer Event Kick-off

Summer Event Kick-off

Summer Event Kick-off

At the time most of you are reading this about 30 Beach Patrol Senior Lifeguards and Supervisors are running along the shoreline of Stewart Beach. It’s an annual timed re-qualification trial required to secure or maintain positions. Following that are mock rescues and medical scenarios, a report writing seminar, and updates/testing on policy and procedure. […]

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29 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Megaladonasaurus

Megaladonasaurus

Megaladonasaurus

Before we really professionalized the Beach Patrol, in the days before liability was an issue and we had a 2.6 minute average response time, it was a much looser outfit. This is true of most every long standing beach lifeguard service. Of course those of us still in the game romanticize the old days and […]

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22 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Pygmy Sperm Whale

Pygmy Sperm Whale

Pygmy Sperm Whale

Living as close to the ocean as we do we become very familiar with the flora and fauna that we see regularly. Things people come a great distance to enjoy can become commonplace if we don’t consciously strive to renew our appreciation. For some this is means merely making the time to slow down, make […]

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