The Important Role A Lifeguard Plays At The Pool

Zodiac Swim School has programs for kids of all ages to learn swimming basics to even training to be a lifeguard.

Hanging out at the pool is always fun and a good way to spend a day. However, as with any outing that involves bodies of water, natural or manmade, there are dangers that lurk when people become distracted or careless, especially if there are children or non-swimmers around. The same happens with lifeguards, whose job it is to pay attention to those spending time in the pool and act in cases of emergency. But, some people forget the importance of lifeguards, and more often than not perceive them to be their personalized swim teachers or even worse – just regular people they can engage in conversations with.

While lifeguards are there to serve the public and will answer quick questions politely, it is important to take note that their main concern on the job is to lookout for the well-being of everyone. That being said, there is a sort of etiquette when it comes to pool-goers’ behavior around lifeguards. Rule number one: keep questions short and avoid having a conversation. This acts as a distraction, especially since their concentration needs to be on the body of water at all times. Again – quick questions and important information is okay, but you should refrain from everything else.

Another important thing to always keep in mind when at the pool is that, just because there are lifeguards present, it doesn’t mean you can relax and not pay attention to what your child is doing. Always remember that lifeguards are not substitute babysitters and that your eyes should always be on your kids swimming. Lifeguards are continuously scanning the pool area and have to keep an eye on many people at once. It is important to allow them to do their job, which is to help those in need and not go around the pool warning parents not to leave their toddlers in a foot of water. Please pay close attention to your own child as it can only take a second for something to distract you and lose track of your child’s whereabouts. Therefore, take note of the fact that swim buddies are a thing for good reason – do your best to stay out of harm’s way and make the lifeguards’ job at least a little bit easier.

Ultimately, it is crucial you understand that you’re not alone in the pool. Often enough, there will be dozens of other people of all ages around you, which makes the lifeguards’ job that much more difficult. Swimming programs are an excellent resource available to parents for their kids to learn to swim and are held at the pool during a quieter time. Zodiac Swim School has programs for kids of all ages to learn swimming basics to even training to be a lifeguard.

Remember lifeguards don’t just spend their time at the pool working on their tan or just buying time until their shift is over.

The stress of constantly being aware of their surroundings and the safety of others is part of them even when they aren’t on the job. Lifeguards are to be commended for their hard work and dedication and Zodiac Swim School ensures they are fully trained and equipped to handle any situation.


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