Hempstead Supervisor Gillen Congratulates Town's Newest Rookie Lifeguards With Ceremonial Whistles At Graduation Ceremony

Published On: 2018-07-17 14:33:32

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(LIDO, BEACH, NY) July 16, 2018 – With beaches and community pools around the region and country reporting shortages of lifeguards, Town of Hempstead Supervisor and former Town lifeguard Laura Gillen made a splash against the downward trend by presenting ceremonial golden whistles to the Town’s newest rookie lifeguard class. The whistles were presented to the class during a beach graduation ceremony at Point Lookout Park.

Every year, Town of Hempstead lifeguards make thousands of rescues, including over 200 saves during the recent, busy July 4th weekend.

Town beach lifeguards are certified through an extremely rigorous and physically demanding, week’s long training course, which includes rigorous running, swimming and extensive practice in such areas as spotting rip currents, shore breaks and sharks. Typically, 1 in 4 recruits are unable to complete the training.

The Town of Hempstead has approximately 560 lifeguards for its 23 pools and 11 beaches. It is the only ocean lifeguarding program in the country to be awarded four national awards from the United States Lifeguarding Association.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen said, “As a former Town of Hempstead lifeguard, I was delighted to present ceremonial whistles to our newest rookie graduates! Our ocean lifeguards are the most highly trained in the country, which is why we are the only program in the country to be awarded four national awards from the United States Lifesaving Association. Congratulations to our new guards and their proud parents!”