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Local Fitness Group Holds Fundraiser For Safer Beaches

Members of JAS Fitness held a picnic buffet at Leisure Square on March 23rd to benefit the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association and safer beaches. JAS Fitness owner/operator John Samartano has held fundraisers for local charities for years with help from his dedicated group of fitness enthusiasts. “Our group of mostly seniors love to give back to the community. Considering we… Read more →

Off Duty Rescue

Tim Capra, an off duty Vero Beach Florida lifeguard was being interviewed by Kip Brazie about trash on the beach at 6:45pm on Wednesday, March 29th when midway through the interview he noticed 2 people caught in a rip current at South Beach Park in Vero Beach. Read more →

John’s Island Club Donates Catamaran to the VBLA

Recently John’s Island Club graciously donated one of their Hobie Cat 13 foot catamarans to the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association. “We think the VBLA is doing a great job with educating the public about our beaches and water safety.  We want to help out in any way we can, remarked Ken Keaton, Director of Aquatics & Safety for John’s Island Club. The VBLA will use… Read more →

VBLA Teaches Rip Current Education at EcoFest 2016

Members of the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association participated in the Environmental Learning Center’s EcoFest 2016 teaching youngsters about how to safely exit rip currents. VBLA board members Dr. Trish Zambelli and Dr. Tim McNamee demonstrated the proper techniques of rip current survival. Since 2012 City of Vero Beach lifeguards have rescued nearly 200 people from rip currents according to VBLA’s beach reports. “Panic sets in”, explained Dr. Zambelli,… Read more →

Oh Buoy! It’s a reef

Members of the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association volunteered their time to install new buoys supplied by the Indian River County Coastal Engineer to the prefabricated erosion prevention (PEP) reef at Humiston Park this week. The reef, which stretches from Humiston Park north to The Village Spires was installed years ago to try to prevent beach erosion.  Although an admirable project, the reef poses a threat… Read more →