If you have visited Hilton Head Island’s beaches, you are probably familiar with Shore Beach Service. We are on the beach in the lifeguard highchairs, under the red beach patrol umbrellas, or driving the red beach patrol vehicles. If you are new to the island, let us introduce ourselves and help you have a great vacation!
Hilton Head Island is blessed with some of the safest waters on the east coast, as gentle sloping beaches and offshore sandbars generally create calm surf conditions. However, always be cautious in the ocean and please follow our beach safety tips and beach rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable day.
Serving Hilton Head since 1974, Shore Beach Service is the island’s premier beach equipment rental service. We provide the rental of umbrellas and chairs anywhere throughout the beach.
We are the only company on Hilton Head Island that sets up the equipment for you daily, saving you the hassle so you can have a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation. Body boards, sailboats, kayaks and beach cycles are also available at our numerous rental locations on the beach.
We are closed for rentals until
Shore Beach Service provides the beach patrol for Hilton Head Island’s 13.5 miles of beach. The beach patrol includes about 80 lifeguards from across the country and around the world. As a member of the South Atlantic region of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) since 1989 and a Certified Agency of the USLA for Open Water Lifeguarding since 1995, our lifeguards are held to the USLA’s high standards of training. We are always looking for physically fit individuals with outstanding customer service skills to join our team.
December 11, 2014
While everyone is getting ready for the holidays, we continue to be busy preparing for the 2015 season. Almost all of our rental chairs have been varnished, so we will soon move on the umbrellas and construction projects. Recruiting new lifeguards is underway, and phone interviews of new applicants will start soon. Morning swim workouts at the Island Rec Center started this week. We are also working on a Junior Lifeguard Camp, which we hope to implement this summer. Today we have our second edition of "Throwback Thursday" profiles. This time, we catch up with our 2000 Lifeguard of the Year, Kristi Sviatko (Guggisberg).
Kristi Sviatko (Guggisberg)
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
College: University of Dayton
How did you hear about Shore Beach Service? Back in my day, you couldn’t Google anything and everything all of the time (truthfully, I don’t know how we managed). I found out via good ole’ word of mouth.
How many years did you work for Shore Beach Service? 4 seasons
Had you been to Hilton Head before you started working here? Nope, but immediately all the Ohio license plates made me feel right at home.
What sports did you play in high school or college? I was a cheerleader and played softball in high school, but wasn’t very good at either.
What jobs have you held since leaving Shore? After my last season at Shore, I moved to New York City (without a job, which I wouldn’t recommend) and found my way into the pharmaceutical advertising business as a copywriter. After 7 years, my husband and I made the move to Philadelphia. I still work in the industry, but work from home as a freelancer. A few years ago, I realized sitting all day wasn’t for me and did a 600 hour apprenticeship to become a certified Pilates teacher, so now I teach a few hours a week on the side.
Tell us about your family. I married my husband, Don in 2009 on my favorite place on earth—Hilton Head Island. Several members of the Shore family were there for our special day. (editor’s note: it was a lot of fun, but it was the hottest day I can remember…103 degrees at 5pm!) We just adopted our first child, Ash, a hound mix...who ironically was rescued from a shelter in South Carolina.