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Winter Activities  // Posts tagged as "Winter Activities"

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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13 Mar Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Aloha Pat

Aloha Pat

Aloha Pat

We’re all really mad at that groundhog that it doesn’t feel like spring, but this weekend is the start of the biggest spring break weekend. The Beach Patrol’s pace accelerates rapidly because the first wave of our seasonal lifeguards come back and do their annual requalification swim and other requirements and head out to the […]

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06 Mar Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Winter Dangers

Winter Dangers

Winter Dangers

For those who have not heard, there was a terrible accident last weekend involving a couple of kayakers in West Bay. The Galveston Daily News did a comprehensive story on it, but in a nutshell two kayakers were capsized by strong currents and one managed to make it to a channel marker post where he […]

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13 Feb Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on A Small Thing

A Small Thing

A Small Thing

It was a small, but deeply meaningful thing. The other morning it was cold, windy, rainy and overcast, but there were some nice little waves breaking. It was early as I grabbed my board and paddled out at 37th street. As I used the rip current to paddle out, I noticed our rescue buoy box […]

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06 Feb Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Snapshot

Snapshot

Snapshot

A sea of hands are raised in the Galveston school while students struggle to keep their bottoms on the gym floor. Supervisor/Officer Kris Pompa surveys the crowd and picks a young man way in the back. “What do you think?” The little boy says, “Lifeguards are there to protect people from sharks and undertoads”. Kris […]

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28 Jan GIBP News | Comments Off on Dune Planting with Artist Boat

Dune Planting with Artist Boat

Dune Planting with Artist Boat

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!! There are still spots available to help us plant dunes on Super Dune Sunday, February 1st from 1:00-5:30 PM at the end of Seawall and Delanara RV Park! Contact Nate Johnson at njohnson@artistboat.org to volunteer!

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28 Nov Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Winter Is Here

Winter Is Here

Winter Is Here

Water temperature in the 50’s is a game changer. Even our hard core surfers don’t last long with the 3 millimeter wetsuits most Texans wear, and the only swimmers we encounter seem to be Russian or Canadian. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got to spend time with people they care about. This […]

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24 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Terrible Tuesday, Winter Activities and Marketing

Terrible Tuesday, Winter Activities and Marketing

Terrible Tuesday, Winter Activities and Marketing

After the first 5 minutes of swimming, we still felt like our faces were going to fall off. On the initial immersion, we felt as if we couldn’t breathe at all. We had to force ourselves to put our heads down in the water and relax enough to swim. Every time we opened our mouths […]

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