Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Beach Report for November 2018

Monthly Beach Report For

Jaycee Park  /  Humiston Park  /  South Beach Park

Our Mission:

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





Total Park Attendance 51,180

Preventative Actions 778

Minor Medicals 8

Major Medicals 0

Rescues 1

Average Water Temperature 78

Beach Erosion Minimal

Stinging Marine Life Minimal


General Conditions


Beach attendance for November was on the high side coming close to record attendance set back in 2017 (55,000).  Periods of hot and cold weather kept beach patrons questioning on whether or not to go to the beach. There were very few first responder calls for lifeguards; mostly cuts and scrapes from the large shore break.  Ocean water temperatures are falling quickly into the mid 70’s. Mother Nature along with the City of Vero Beach’s beach grooming contractor have made the beaches especially beautiful with very little seaweed and debris.  Beach grooming started November 1st and will continue through March.  Lifeguards responded to 8 medical calls and rescued one swimmer from a rip current bringing the total number of water rescues to 28 in 2018.


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 Idea Garden, Waldo’s, Minuteman Press, Coastal Technology Corporation, Hoos Architects, Mills Short Engineers, Farrow Construction, City of Vero Beach Recreation Department, and City Council, VBLA’s goal of giving our 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.


Areas of Concern


Whenever beaches are closed due to large surf, sharks or other emergencies, it is strongly advised that the public stay out of the water due to the dangerous conditions or the absence of lifeguards.                       



Park Attendance: an estimated count of park attendees to include boardwalks within each park and 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

Rescues:  Any water-related emergency to include rip current rescues, fatigued swimmers, surfing, kiteboarding and/or boating accidents.


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 or (908)797-8725.  Visit us at  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.

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