It’s LIFEGUARD Time!
Oh, the days of my youth, spent as a lifeguard at our local
pool. It was a great experience. I learned so much by being a lifeguard. But…things have changed, as they always
do. Of course, as most adults think,
being a guard now, is so much easier than when I was teenager. I’m sure I had to walk 10 miles to the pool,
both ways, in knee deep snow! Even in
I grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas. It was such a great place to be a kid. Small enough to know everyone in town, but
close to Little Rock and the Air Force Base, so we had everything we needed
close by. I loved it. And, like many other kids, my favorite place
in the summer was the local municipal pool.
We spent the whole summer there, swimming, visiting with friends and
idolizing the lifeguards. They were
gods and goddesses to me! I wanted to
be one of them! So, when I turned 15, I
decided it was time to make that dream a reality. I was a good swimmer, so I thought it was going to be a piece of
I couldn’t have been more wrong! Back then, in the early 70’s, lifeguards didn’t use rescue
tubes. We depended on our swimming
ability, physical strength and knowledge of the rescue skills. Taking the class was rigorous and
difficult. Our instructors told us on
the first day that their job was to flunk us out of the class. I guess that makes sense, since we were
going to be responsible for people’s lives…..we needed to be GREAT lifeguards. And, as he predicted, I did flunk the swim
portion of the first class I took, just as everyone else in the class did. It was brutal! For our final exam, we had a long written test to complete, which
was okay. I passed that…but the rescue
part was almost impossible to pass. Our
rather large male instructor was the victim we rescued. He tried to drown each and every one of us,
and he could have. It was a rough day,
to say the least!
But, I took the class again and knowing what to expect, I
passed with no problems.
So, on to my three years as a lifeguard at Jacksonville
Being a lifeguard, I saw the pool from a completely
different view. It was no longer just
the place to hang out with my friends and wile away the hot summer days. No, now it was my job. I enjoyed being there, but the weight of the
responsibilities I held was daunting.
It was never far from my mind.
Even when the lifeguards would have contests, like how many kids we
could sit out around our lifeguard stand, we knew what we were doing there was
serious. We were there to save lives,
and we all had to put our skills to use.
Luckily, we never had a serious injury in my years
there. I guess that impossible guard
training was exactly what we needed! We
were great lifeguards!
So, it’s that time of year again. Now, when lifeguard season rolls around, I let the memories wash
over me and smile…but what I really focus on is helping my customers with their guard supplies and lifeguard suits!
When I was lifeguarding, we wore whatever we wanted, but most pools now
have a uniform, or at least a color they like.
Splashwear can help you will all of your guard needs. We have lots of styles of guard suits, both male and female. We can do custom suits
for your pool, or just off the rack.
Our guard suit prices range from $20.00 up to $80.00. We also have all
the equipment you will need; from rescue tubes and visors to backboards and
umbrellas. If your pool needs it, we’ll
find it for you!
If you want your guards to buy their suits individually, I
can set up a page on my website with your pool’s required items there and your
guards can log in and purchase exactly what you want them to have at your
discount! We try to make as easy for
you as possible!
Okay…so here we go….summer is on the way…..time for
YOUR great lifeguard season!