During peak season, missing children are an everyday occurrence along our beaches. Beach Patrol receives as many as 30 calls for missing children each day. Beach Patrol has instituted a free wristband program for our residents and visitors. These wristbands can help lost children find their way back to their parents, guardians or caregivers.
How It Works
Beach Patrol Officers supply lifeguards with plain wristbands and permanent markers.
Wristbands are given to and secured upon request or upon observation by lifeguards to children and people with dementia, with the consent of their parents, legal guardians or caretakers.
Lifeguards mark their lifeguard tower number on the wristband.
Parents are encouraged to write other information on the wristband as needed.
Lifeguards then explain to the wearer what to do if they get lost or cannot find their way home. This explanation is an extremely critical part of the program.
In the summer of 2008, Beach Patrol issued out around 4,500 wristbands. It’s a great way to know your child will be safe!