Summer is a time for fun in the sun and pool parties, but always keeps in mind that accidents can happen while in the water, especially if a lifeguard is not on duty.
About one in five people who die from drowning incidents are kids under the age of 14. A lifeguard at Fitness Connection says keeping kids safe is their number one goal.
“We’re here, we’re trained, and we know what to do so we can take care of it.”
Skyler Stoddard has been a lifeguard for years. He says he always has an eye on the water, especially when little kids are swimming.
“Lifeguards are here just to monitor, were not fun suckers, but we are here to make sure everyone is safe, drinking water. If something was to happen, we’re here to deal with that, and if someone was dehydrated, we could take care of that too.”
Fitness Connection pool keeps six to seven lifeguards on duty at all times. They say that each lifeguard changes stands throughout the day to make sure they are fully paying attention.
“As a mother of three young children, its great having an extra pair of eyes to watch and be there just in case there’s any kind of need,” says parent Jaimee Martin.
Jaimee Martin says she knows CPR, but it’s nice to know the lifeguards have the same training and could help.
“I don’t necessary feel confident that I would know what to do if there was something that happened.”
Lifeguards go through intense training. They say parents should teach their children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible and always have a designated watcher. If you live near a pool that does not have a lifeguard on duty, parents need to be extra cautious while children are near the water.
Some tips to stay safe is always swim with a buddy and never let your children be watched by an older child, always have an adult supervise.