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

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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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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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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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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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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10 Nov Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Offshore Winds

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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