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When you hear BVM, AED, or CPR does it mean anything to you? For a lifeguard it means life-saving devices, team work and safety. There are many things lifeguards can use to help save lives including oxygen, backboards and even rule enforcement.
On a daily basis, lifeguards are responsible for making sure the pool, pool deck and locker rooms are clean and safe for patron use. They also answer the phones, assist with registration for classes and check equipment. Lifeguards maintain their life-saving skills through monthly in-service training where they practice water rescue drills, CPR and first aid.
Joel Rath, who is a certified lifeguard of 4 years said, “The thing I like most about being a lifeguard is the flexible work schedule, being around the water and setting an example for the youth.” Some of the benefits of being a lifeguard include learning about different personalities, how to be more patient, and the first aid and CPR skills have helped many go on to become EMT’s and nurses.
Jesse Williams has been a lifeguard since 2009 and he said he has met new people because of lifeguarding. “In the summer of 2009, there were exchange students that worked at Point Mallard. That was pretty cool getting to work with them.”
Joel became a lifeguard because he thought it would be a fun summer job and he wanted to meet new people as well. When asked if being a lifeguard was all he thought it would be he said, “Yes. There are things that we do that I didn’t realize would be a part of lifeguarding, like becoming a swim lesson instructor and cleaning, but I think the most rewarding part is learning life-saving skills.”
The Aquadome Pool is currently hiring lifeguards for the summer. You do not have to be previously certified to apply but any current Red Cross certified lifeguards are welcome. Applications can be filled out at the Aquadome Pool Monday thru Friday, 6am-7pm, or call 256-341-4952 for more information.