Galveston's beaches are among the most challenging in the country for lifeguards. The diverse beach population often has little or no beach experience, and strong lateral currents coupled with rock jetties is a dangerous mix. The Galveston Island Beach Patrol is among the top agencies in the country.
The Galveston Island Beach Patrol is a state certified, first response agency employing over 80 lifeguards, senior guards, and supervisors. There are 9 units each staffed by at least 1 person with an EMT-B certification.
The units are equipped with trauma kits, spinal immobilization equipment and oxygen. Other equipment includes a rigid hull inflatable rescue boat that holds up to 5 people and 3 personal watercraft's for patrol and rescue.
The Beach Patrol's jurisdiction includes the Gulf facing beaches from East Beach to 61st Street with emergency response responsibility to all aquatic accidents from Big Reef to San Luis Pass. The primary responsibility of Galveston's Beach Patrol is the safety of swimmers in these areas during the lifeguard season from Memorial Day through Labor Day.