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Good Lifeguards

Mary Mooney

Monday, August 11, 2014 • 2:57pm

 

My pool, in Towamencin Township, PA, has some really good lifeguards.  Others, not so much.  What they need are consistently good ones.   If you are young and timid and worried about being liked, or hurting feelings, or afraid to be assertive, then please go find another job.  Children. . .and even some adults, need to follow the rules.  We need rules, especially at the pool.  Lifeguards are not there to make people mad or to single out at whim, they are there for your safety.  And mine.  Lifeguards, you have a whistle.  Use it!  Blast that thing EVERY time someone is out of line and the entire assemblage will be better for it.

Children will stop running on the pool deck where they could seriously injure themselves if they fell.  Adults will stop throwing kids in the pool where they might be injured.  Divers entering at the side where they could be jumped on top of, will remain safe.  The lane markers won’t have to be replaced if people stay off of them.  Our community can’t afford to replace broken equipment because you don’t want to offend someone.  Blow your whistle!  Assert yourself.  Don’t zone out in your chair looking helpless when rules are being broken all over the place.  Don’t shrug your shoulders at the other guard across the way, as if to say, “What can I do?”   Do something!  Make the kids who are rough housing sit on the deck.  Don’t worry about being liked.  If you’re being liked 100% of the time then you are not doing your job.  Even I don’t like all of the rules.  So what.  Make me obey them anyway.  It’s your job.

Be a good lifeguard. Be someone we are grateful to see in charge.  Or get a different jMonday, August 11, 2014

 

Today I am grateful for good lifeguards.  Almost anyone who can swim, learns CPR, and practices rescue measures can pass the lifeguard test.   But it takes great instincts, real communication skills and courage to be a GOOD lifeguard.

 

 

 

My pool, in Towamencin Township, PA, has some really good lifeguards.  Others, not so much.  What they need are consistently good ones.   If you are young and timid and worried about being liked, or hurting feelings, or afraid to be assertive, then please go find another job.  Children. . .and even some adults, need to follow the rules.  We need rules, especially at the pool.  Lifeguards are not there to make people mad or to single out at whim, they are there for your safety.  And mine.  Lifeguards, you have a whistle.  Use it!  Blast that thing EVERY time someone is out of line and the entire assemblage will be better for it.

 

 

 

Children will stop running on the pool deck where they could seriously injure themselves if they fell.  Adults will stop throwing kids in the pool where they might be injured.  Divers entering at the side where they could be jumped on top of, will remain safe.  The lane markers won’t have to be replaced if people stay off of them.  Our community can’t afford to replace broken equipment because you don’t want to offend someone.  Blow your whistle!  Assert yourself.  Don’t zone out in your chair looking helpless when rules are being broken all over the place.  Don’t shrug your shoulders at the other guard across the way, as if to say, “What can I do?”   Do something!  Make the kids who are rough housing sit on the deck.  Don’t worry about being liked.  If you’re being liked 100% of the time then you are not doing your job.  Even I don’t like all of the rules.  So what.  Make me obey them anyway.  It’s your job.

 

 

 

Be a good lifeguard. Be someone we are grateful to see in charge.  Or get a different job.

 

Each and every day I find something to be grateful for. My gratitude's are heartfelt, personal, moving and often humorous. Facebook followers have encouraged me to branch out. I hope you will relate.

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