Photographer and artist Joey Quiroga explores the beauty of the upper Texas coast
Guarding Galveston’s beaches is challenging work.
“Heavy crowds, rip current-generating jetties, and constantly changing conditions keep guards very busy,” according to Galveston Island Beach Patrol, whose primary responsibility is the safety of swimmers from East Beach Park to 61st Street during the beach season.
Galveston Island Beach Patrol employs more than 100 people, including lifeguards, senior guards, supervisors, peace officers and dispatchers. The patrol’s mission is to protect the 5-7 million people who visit Galveston beaches each year, respond to aquatic emergencies at all times every day and to educate the public about beach safety, according to the patrol.