As thousands of people make their way to the coast to take advantage of the long weekend, Saturday marks the first day on the clock for lifeguards at Atlantic beach. One visitor says we need more lifeguards.
“They are very much needed,”said Debby Prince.
Prince has been going to the beach for years. She says lifeguards are very important especially when people and kids are swimming. She says rip currents are common it’s nice to have extra eyes on the water. Rip current is strong tide that can take people out to sea.
“That’s real important that you have somebody who’s able to handle that situation for you when it happens, “says Prince.
Michael Perry has been a lifeguard for a few years. He says that Memorial Day is the second busiest holiday for them. Their number one goal is safety.
“The thing is people underestimate the ocean and even on calm day like today there’s no waves but things can change in a second and have a rip current out there and it’s good to have people familiar with the water and are trained,” explained Perry.
He says lifeguards go through intense training before becoming certified.
“Classroom training, we go over operating procedures and CPR and first aid, basic life support and we have about 10 hours where we come out and do nothing but practice rescue and get use to the equipment and look for sign or rip currents and things like that.”
Prince says she’s happy to be able to relax and enjoy a safe and fun beach.
“Even though I don’t go in the water, it makes me feel good to see people in the water and children and knowing there are lifeguards around that can protect them.”
The water isn’t the only thing people should watch out for, if you’re heading out on a hot, summer day, make sure to apply sunscreen and drink a lot of water.