By Garrett Thibodeau and Erik Gorman
That’s a wrap! Another remarkable season in the books for the Smith Point lifeguards, and with it another list of accomplishments to add to an ever-growing list of achievements. Our competition teams once again showcased their athletic prowess across 4 tournaments; winning both the East Hampton tournament and the Joseph W Dooley Long Island lifeguarding championship. The hard-working ocean lifeguards proudly maintain its record of zero drownings in the bathing area – a record held since 1959.
From the youngest rookie guards to our most seasoned veterans, everyone did their part towards ensuring that Smith Point live up to its reputation once again. It is that bitter-sweet time of year when, although we are prepared to transition back to our lives off the sand, we anxiously look forward to the next season.
Beach Safety Tips
1.Swim only in guarded area.
2.Do not dive into shallow water.
3.No ball playing or Frisbees on shore line.
4.Never swim alone.
5.Children should always swim with adult supervision.
6.Check with lifeguards on beach and surf conditions.
7.If you hear a whistle, look to see if the lifeguard is signaling you.
8.Avoid digging deep holes that can be hazardous to others.
9.Never sit or dig in front of the lifeguard tower.
10. No glass containers are permitted on the beach.
11.No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.
12. NEVER fake calls for HELP. However, don’t be embarrassed to call for help.
13. If you need help, do not panic. If you are unable to swim back to shore, call or wave for help. The lifeguards are well trained in water and beach safety. Respect their presence and judgement and never interfere with their work.