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Training  // Posts tagged as "Training"

12 May Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Tryout Time

Tryout Time

Tryout Time

Lifeguard tryouts are this Saturday! I’m relieved we’re finally to this point. Spring is always tough for us to staff the beaches since so many of our seasonal employees are either college or high school students. Fortunately, we’ve had a number of our high school guards who have been willing to come out and work […]

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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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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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12 Feb Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Texas Lifeguard Groups

Texas Lifeguard Groups

Texas Lifeguard Groups

About 8 years back I was contacted by the City Manager of the City of South Padre. A number of their citizens were concerned because they’d had a higher than normal drownings on their beaches. He was very interested in starting up a lifeguard service for their city. Several visits later, I wrote up an […]

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29 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Veracruz Training Wrap-up

Veracruz Training Wrap-up

Veracruz Training Wrap-up

At 7:15 our little band stood in the lobby of the Hotel Louis rubbing the sleep out of our eyes and filing into the van of the “Proteccion Civil” (Mexican equivalent of Emergency Operations). By 7:45 we were in the auditorium provided to us as a classroom for the 60 students of the lifeguard academy. […]

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22 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Learnings in Veracruz

Learnings in Veracruz

Learnings in Veracruz

Greetings from Veracruz, Mexico! Our sister city is booming and everyone from the Mayor to the taxi driver says to tell everyone in Galveston hello. When we started the relationship between the lifeguard programs and held the first Veracruz/Boca Del Rio academy in 1999, we never dreamed that the relationship would be as successful as […]

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21 Jul | Comments

Emergency Medical Responder Re-Certification Course

Emergency Medical Responder Re-Certification Course

All Lifeguards must re-certify as Emergency Medical Resonders every 2 years. This course will be held from 8am-10am each day, with a written exam administered on the second day. For more information, please contact Kara Harrison.

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