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Rip Current  // Posts tagged as "Rip Current"

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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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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08 Dec Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Beach Front Improvements

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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