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Winter Activities  // Posts tagged as "Winter Activities"

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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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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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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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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15 Dec Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Cold Foggy Days

Cold Foggy Days

Cold Foggy Days

The water temperature on the beachfront dropped 12 degrees in 3 days last week. This is a pretty dramatic shift as only a degree or two makes a significant difference when you’re swimming. Because the water is so shallow here on the upper Texas coast the water temperature is constantly changing during the fall and […]

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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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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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27 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Kayak Rescue

Kayak Rescue

Kayak Rescue

The wind was blasting from the west. The sand pelted the lone figure as he dragged his kayak to the water’s edge at Sunny Beach. Wearing waders and a lifejacket, he paddled his kayak from shore into the frothy water. It was about one o’clock in the afternoon last Sunday as the man’s wife watched […]

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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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