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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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20 May | Comments

Night Swim

Night Swim

The Night Swim is a Galveston Island Beach Patrol tradition. It is the final physical test for all Lifeguard candidates. For returning lifeguards, it is the chance to refresh their lifesaving skills and compete with their fellow guards. Guards push themselves for two hours through a course that involves swimming, paddling, running, calisthenics, and pop […]

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14 Nov Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Low Profile

Low Profile

Low Profile

One of the most interesting of our 111 guards is Jeff Lewis, who has been with the Beach Patrol for 20 years and works part time as a seasonal Supervisor. I like having Jeff on staff for many reasons. He’s a very competent, professional, and experienced lifeguard. But he’s also someone who is a great […]

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12 Sep Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Clear Water

Clear Water

Clear Water

The orange ball of the sun balanced on the horizon line, mirrored in the glassy water. The world was silent, except for the faint sound of the surf ski slicing through the water, and occasional gulls as they flew by. When the water is glass, a surf ski, which is essentially just a skinny fast […]

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01 Aug Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on South Padre Island Competition

South Padre Island Competition

South Padre Island Competition

The drive to South Padre is long. After 5 hours or so we pulled into a truck stop to get some gas. It was over 100 degrees and the wind was blasting at nearly 30mph. Cowboys gawked as we got out of our lifeguard truck piled high with boards, buoys, flags and other competition equipment. […]

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25 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Easter, Menard, and Burgers

Easter, Menard, and Burgers

Easter, Menard, and Burgers

Sunday was a good day. Finally! We finally got the weather we all love. And it actually happened on Easter Weekend. It was perfect with sunny conditions, mild temperatures, flat blue/green water, and heaps of people out enjoying themselves. The crowds were well behaved and everyone seemed to be really thankful for finally getting the […]

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21 Mar Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Warming Up

Warming Up

Warming Up

Finally! Spring feels like it’s just around the corner. After the long, long winter there’s finally that feeling in the air. The cold is still there but doesn’t seem to penetrate all the way to your bones and even if it’s cold in the morning you’re able to get by with a thin layer or […]

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07 Mar Chief's Column, GIBP News | Comments Off on Tryouts

Tryouts

Tryouts

The group of young men and women radiated nervousness as they lined up on the sand. “On your mark, get set, GO!” shouted the instructor as they raced down the beach around the tower and into the water. I was about half way out to the buoy when a group of good swimmers caught me […]

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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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