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Galveston Beach Season Brings Water Safety Tips, Upgraded Parks & Free Events
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Beach Patrol Sheds Light on National Beach Safety Week with Reminders to Beachgoers
GALVESTON, Texas (May 25, 2018) – Beach season is officially upon us and millions of visitors are expected to visit Galveston Island beaches this summer for fun in the sun. While fun should be a priority, so should beach safety.
In recognition of National Beach Safety Week, taking place this week, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol is reminding the public of the following safety tips:
- Avoid rip currents – Stay away from rock jetties and piers
- Swim near a lifeguard
- Never swim alone
- Do not dive in headfirst
- Obey warning signs and flags
- Take sun and heat precautions
Every day, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol raises flags that signal the condition of the water. To learn the meaning behind each flag’s color, visit www.galvestonbeachinfo.com/conditions.asp.
“Lifeguards are there to help reduce the number of accidents at our beaches, but we cannot do the job alone,” said Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis. “An informed public is essential to maintaining proper levels of beach and water safety.”
In addition to water safety, the Galveston Park Board is making it easier for beachgoers to protect themselves from the sun. Free sunscreen stations have been added at Stewart Beach, East Beach and at Dellanera Park on the island’s west end. And East Beach features a new shade structure over its pavilion stage area.
WHAT’S NEW AT GALVESTON’S BEACHES?
New Amenities at Seawall & Stewart Beach
This beach season, new flushable toilets, trolley stops, signage and landscaping adorn Galveston’s seawall. Two new pay stations have been installed at the 61st Street pier and at the 89th Street pier allowing guests to pay for parking using cash. At family-friendly Stewart Beach, beachgoers can make use of updated showers and changing rooms.
Free Family Friendly Activities at Stewart Beach
On Saturdays during June, July and August visitors to Stewart Beach can take free sandcastle building lessons from a real pro. Lessons will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Some supplies will be provided but bringing a bucket and shovel is recommended. Those with a competitive streak can vie for great prizes when they participate in the Galveston Family Beach Challenge, an obstacle course that pits families (or groups) of four against each other in contests including giant Jenga and sack races. Galveston Family Beach Challenges will be held May 27, June 17, July 22, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. For more information about these activities, visit www.galvestonbeachinfo.com.
Free Eco Tours with The Bucket Brigade
Free education tours will be offered at Stewart Beach during summer weekends with the help of the Bucket Brigade. The tours, offered in partnership with local conservation group Artist Boat, will provide hands on exploration of the coastal environment and explain how humans are connected to it. For information, visit www.artistboat.org.
World Oceans Day Festival
A full throttle celebration of the oceans, Galveston’s World Oceans Day Festival, will take place from 4-8 p.m. June 8 at Stewart Beach. The event is free to the public and will feature a marine debris art contest, live music and hands on activities provided by representatives from regional conservation organizations. For information, visit www.artistboat.org.
For more information on visiting Galveston’s beaches, check out www.galvestonbeachinfo.com
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