NJ lifeguards tell their stories in new coffee table book

On an ideal day at the beach, your interaction with nearby lifeguards would be minimal – your family follows the rules, no one needs rescuing, and the guards may not be interested in chatting when their job is. to ensure the safety of hundreds of bathers.

But with a recently published book straight out of Garden State, you get perhaps the most intimate look into the mind of a Jersey Shore beach lifeguard.

Sand, Sea & Rescue: Lifeguards of the Jersey Shore is available online and through local book signing events.

Author Gregory Andrus, a resident of Toms River, traveled to more than 20 seaside towns over an eight-week period in 2021, collecting stories from rescuers ashore – including people who were relatively new to the work and others who have looked at the sand for decades.

“It is an aesthetic testimony to the nobility and courage of our rescuers,” Andrus said. “They don’t have enough thank you.”

Sample photos from Sand, Sea & Rescue: Lifeguards of the Jersey Shore

Sample photos from Sand, Sea & Rescue: Lifeguards of the Jersey Shore

Andrus, who says he has always had a deep fascination with the ocean and the lifeguard profession, used a standard camera to take photos of the participants and brought along a high-definition audio recorder to add an interactive element to the book.

“You can scan a QR code and hear rescuers tell their experiences and stories in their voices, while you look at their photo,” he said.

You can meet the author and learn more about the book by attending one of the following events:

  • July 15, 5-7 p.m., Boutique Dani-L, Plage de Normandie
  • July 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., La Maison de la Plage, Lavallette
  • August 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Surf City Library, Long Beach Island
  • August 12, 6 to 8 p.m., The Little Point Bookshop, Point Pleasant
  • August 18, 5-7 p.m. Thunder Road Books, Spring Lake

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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