Although Galveston’s beaches offer a gradual incline that seem easier to manage; the island’s currents can also be a challenge for young and novice swimmers.
Follow these basic rules for beach and water safety as provided by the Galveston Island Beach Patrol when enjoying Galveston’s beaches:
- Learn to swim (or at least learn how to tread water)
- Always swim near a lifeguard
- Stay away from rocks
- Swim with a buddy
- Check with the lifeguards on potential hazards
- Use sunscreen and drink water
- Obey posted signs and flags
- Keep the beach and water clean
- Learn rip current safety
- Enter water feet first
- Wear a life jacket
- Don’t swim at the ends of the island
Holiday Beach Safety Seminars
This year, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol will offer a Holiday Beach Safety Seminar on the Saturday of big holiday weekends, such as Memorial Weekend and July 4th. Seminars are free and will be scheduled at 10 a.m. on the beaches at 61st, 53rd, 37th, 29th and 19th Streets.
Galveston’s most popular beach area is along the island’s Seawall Blvd. Hotel guests at Hotel Galvez & Spa can easily walk across the street to enjoy the beachfront and skip paying the beach parking fee. If you decide to park on the Seawall, parking is charged from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from 6th to 69th Streets and 81st to 103rd Streets and is $1 per hour or $8 per day. Check the website for current rates. Register your vehicle by visiting www.paybyphone.com or calling 1-866-234-7275.
Seawall parking is enforced by the City of Galveston.
Be safe and use common sense while enjoying our beautiful beaches. For information on current beach conditions, visit http://www.galvestonbeachinfo.com/conditions.asp.