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Summer Beach Season  // Posts tagged as "Summer Beach Season"

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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Offshore Winds

Offshore Winds

If there’s one thing lifeguards hate on an offshore wind day is an emergency where a person is being blown out. When the wind blows offshore it creates a unique set of circumstances that can potentially be lethal. This is mostly a danger during the spring and fall when repeated frontal systems pass across the […]

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03 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Every year when the season slows down we review our season to see how we did. I enjoy the process because it helps show how the Beach Patrol is an entire safety and educational network, as opposed to merely the lifeguard service for the city of Galveston.  The process also helps target areas we can […]

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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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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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26 Feb Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Drownings

Drownings

Drownings

Here in a beach town we’ve always been acutely aware of the dangers of drowning and the potential effect on the local economy, but few of us stop to think about the global implications. According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. There are an […]

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