About William Hazel

William Hazel is the Executive Director of the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum

COVID-19 Information

As COVID-19 events continue to emerge, it’s critical that we stay informed. Here are some resources that may help: World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ State of Virginia https://www.virginia.gov/ City of Virginia Beach https://www.vbgov.com/ Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html Cleveland Clinic Corona Virus FAQ https://my.clevelandclinic.org/landing/preparing-for-coronavirus Sentara Health [...]

By |2020-03-16T11:44:26-04:00March 16th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

The Swimmer

This Veterans Day Weekend! The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum is proud to open a new exhibition! As a former United States Coast Guard Station, the museum has always shared many facets of USCG history. This time around, we are excited to share the story of the Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmer Program. Most [...]

By |2019-11-07T19:11:57-04:00November 7th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Rescue Electric

It is a maritime tragedy of such proportion that you might mistake it for something straight out of the 19th Century. A massive ship breaking into pieces, almost an entire crew lost within plain sight of rescuers, and all unfolding only about 30 miles off shore. It didn’t happen in the 1800s, though. It [...]

By |2019-11-08T08:59:42-04:00November 7th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Working In A Haunted Building – Three Things to Do

It's a normal Summer afternoon. A beautiful day. We've already had a steady stream of visitors into the museum. I share the front admissions counter with one of our volunteers. Without notice the front door swiftly, smoothly, gently, opens all the way. Our door swings outward, and the entrance fills with the August heat [...]

By |2019-10-31T08:50:06-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

John? Is that you?

The museum has a ghost in the Lookout Tower. We don’t debate this fact any longer. A character has been seen in the tower by folks strolling on the boardwalk since the very first year the institution opened as a museum; 1981. Many dozens of sightings, perhaps it’s more than a hundred now, have [...]

By |2019-10-24T09:25:26-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

Working With Millennials – Five Things To Remember

I work with a Millennial. That’s a conversation starter that’ll get an immediate reaction. Those reactions will be widely varied, of course, depending on the age of the folks you're tossing it out to. I confess to entertaining myself at times by making the statement when I’m with folks, how shall I put it, [...]

By |2019-09-25T15:36:21-04:00September 25th, 2019|Blog|1 Comment