Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Monthly Beach Report For April 2018

Vero Beach Lifeguard Association

Monthly Beach Report

Jaycee Park  /  Humiston Park  /  South Beach Park 

April 2018

Our Mission:

To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities

Email:  VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com  

Website:  www.VBLA.org

STATISTICS  

Total Park Attendance 85,857

Preventative Actions 904

Minor Medicals 11

Major Medicals 2

Rescues 6

Average Water Temperature 75

Beach Erosion Minimal

Stinging Marine Life Minimal

 

General Conditions

The April attendance record was broken with almost 86,000 visitors to our beach.  The previous April attendance record was 84,000 set in April of 2017. Attendance is taken by lifeguards who count the number of patrons inside the 3 guarded beaches (Jaycee, Humiston, South) to include the area immediately north and south of the guarded areas.  Swimmers getting caught in rip currents caused lifeguards to perform 6 water rescues in April bringing the total number of people saved from potential drowning to 22 in 2018. The ocean temperature is slowly rising to the mid 70’s. Beach erosion and stinging marine life was minimal.  The first marked sea turtle nests started to appear.

All swimmers are advised to pay close attention to beach condition signs and flags, swim near lifeguard towers and avoid swimming during non-guarded hours.

 

Areas of Progress

With help from Coastal Technologies Corporation, Hoos Architects, Mills Short Engineers, Farrow Construction, City of Vero Beach Recreation Department, Councilwoman Laura Moss, Mayor Harry Howle and many others, VBLA’s goal of giving lifeguards the ability to see more of the beach and react to emergencies faster by building a lifeguard tower and command center at Humiston Park is progressing forward.

 

Areas of Concern

As beach attendance grows, more and more people are outside the guarded areas increasing the likelihood of accidents and drownings.  More police presence is needed on the beach to curb illegal activities.

 

Key

Park Attendance:  includes areas immediately north and south of each park

Preventative Actions:  stopping potential incidents before they occur

Minor Medicals:  a medical incident which is treated on-site by lifeguard/EMT        personnel

Major Medicals:  a medical incident that required Emergency Medical Services

 

About VBLA

This report is furnished by the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association, a non-profit, 501C3 organization.  Its mission is to promote water safety and lifeguarding in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities.  Contact us at VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com or (908)797-8725.  Visit us at www.VBLA.org.  Donations are appreciated.  Monies raised are used to purchase equipment, supplies, and training for the lifeguards from the city of Vero Beach.  Please send donations to: VBLA, 1351 White Heron Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Nikki Lindsay

Nikki Lindsay

Nikki, a writer for Vero Vine, gathers information from sources around Indian River County to manage a community calendar. Part of Nikki's role is to send out weekly newsletters to inform the community about local events, businesses, food reviews and much more. When she isn’t sitting at her computer, Nikki enjoys riding her bike, watching shows on Netflix, and playing with her cats.
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