To my knowledge, I don’t think that would be a problem. It might be different if one of you were in a managing position, but if you’re just coworkers, I highly doubt that it would be that big of an issue. I could be wrong, of course, but I think you’ll be okay.
And honestly, your staff probably isn’t too concerned. However, if there is excessive PDA or if you’re slacking on your job in favor of spending time with your boyfriend, then you might run into a problem. Otherwise, just remain professional and you should be good.
Aw, YMCA’s are the best. A local one is where I did my certification and the home of my first job. It definitely has a special place in my heart. :)
I can’t speak from experience on the working relationships, tbh. Both my boss and head guard were older and married, and we were a fairly small staff. I know that in most jobs, outside lifeguarding, an employee can’t have a relationship with his/her manager (which would be the equivalent of your head guard). I would tread with some caution. Maybe your Y doesn’t think it’s a big deal, but your other guards might not appreciate it (even if you don’t necessarily get special treatment, they might not see it that way). You have my total sympathies, though! That’s a tough position to be in. I wish you all the luck with it!
Now, something I can actually speak with confidence on! The joys of being a college kid. ;) If they’re anything like my friends or myself, they’ll probably be pretty chill. Just be friendly with them and they’ll likely be friendly in return. They’re really not much different. The only thing to be aware of is that they’ll likely be pretty desperate to pick up shifts, particularly if they’re not working during the semester. Your hours might suffer a cut-back because of it, but if they have seniority there might not be much you can do about it. It sounds like a cliche, but just be yourself and you’ll be good. :)
Congrats on scoring a job!
The reality is that there are decent odds that you might have to save someone. It’s in the job description. That is the reason you’re training and taking these classes and learning all these things.
98% of the time you’ll probably just be dealing with bratty kids and their inconsiderate parents, but there’s always that small percentage that something could happen.
When I first became a guard I was terrified by the prospect of saving someone. Like you, my first shift was plagued by fears of there being a test drowning just to make sure I was capable of doing my job. (Spoiler: There wasn’t. I worked at a small town YMCA. I’m pretty sure my boss was preoccupied with setting up for a zumba class.) That being said, I haven’t worked at a waterpark, much less the one you’re at; I don’t know they’re typical procedure with new guards. If you’re seriously concerned about it, I might ask some of the other guards. (Especially one that you know will tell you the truth and not just try and make you nervous as a joke.) Regardless, stay on your toes and keep an eye out. Don’t let your nerves get to you, but pay attention to your surroundings—as you should always do.
As far as saving someone goes, I think you’re probably stronger than you give yourself credit for. Also, the saves are designed to balance body weight. Even if it is a grown adult, you should be able to get them to the side of the pool. You might need assistance getting them out, in some cases, but at a park you should have plenty at your disposal. (I did and, like I said, I worked at a small pool where I was the only guard on duty.)
Above all else, be confident in your skills. You’ve made it this far so you must be doing something right. :P If a situation does come up and you have to save someone, just remain calm. Do your job as the situation calls for it and the adrenaline will carry you through. If your instructor didn’t think you could do it, they wouldn’t give you your certification.
I wish you all the luck in the world! And we’re always hear if you need to talk about something!
Good luck with your certification! :)
If you passed the pre-test then you’re definitely on the right track!
My certification sounds a bit different than yours. I don’t recall doing a pre-test (admittedly, it’s been a while). I know that my training involved half the time in a classroom setting discussing the practical issues (signs to watch out for, incorrect behavior, an overview of the rescue drills), and then the other half was in the water, practicing the saves. There was also a CPR portion involved.
I know it’s easier said than done, but remain calm. I know when I went through my training, my friend and I would come in and practice the physical saves early (though tbh being on swim team helped—we were already there). Even if you feel pretty confident in the saves without the additional practice, it can’t hurt. Confidence is key (but not to the point of overconfidence; that’s when you are more liable to mistakes).
Remain level-headed and don’t let your nerves get the best of you! When it comes time, you’ll know what to do and the adrenaline will carry you through the rest of it! And we’re here to talk if you ever need to.
Good luck! :)
Whoa, you get paid 18.20 an hour? I am incredibly jealous! I got paid standard minimum wage at both pools I was at. (Admittedly the salary may vary depending on location/severity/etc, but still.)
Submitted by giomadusa
Ma’am,you’re only allowed two guests at a time, not your brother’s best friend, your cousin’s girlfriend, your tax man, your long lost friend you’ve been trying to be friends with again, that guy who does your tailoring named Guy and that random person you met off the street who suddenly felt like swimming, all at the same time! No way.
Submitted by rockininred
I did this by accident the other day when I was at a water park. My sisters told me that if I had any more lifeguard outbursts, they would make me sit in the car for the rest of the day.
Submitted by Jen
I had a friend who told me that they were so strict about the up and down scanning pattern that if your head wasn’t visibly moving, you were written up! Every place is different and every person is different. So I always tell new guards to pick a scanning pattern that they are comfortable with, that covers every part of the pool in 10 seconds (10/20 rule), and that shows your head guard that you are watching your water.
Submitted by destiny504
Hey dummy. A water slide is a ride just like a roller coaster is a ride. And, we have to have a special license just to operate this ride. The height limit is determined by the manufacturer and the department of the county that gives out the license. I didn’t just make up a random number because I didn’t like the way your two year old looked at me. Oh you didn’t know that? Well then, your ignorant self is probably in no position to argue with me, huh?
Submitted by therealharuhifujioka :
"I lifeguard at a country club where the people rather spend money on fine jewelry and nice cars than swimming lessens. There’s this one dad who brings his son fully aware that he can’t swim and always watches me to make sure that I’m watching his kid. He’s always anxious and paranoid that his kid’s going to drown or something.
Yes, I’m certified lifeguard. Yes, I will jump in to save your child if he/she is in trouble. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother having your kid learn how to swim. The only way he’ll learn is if someone takes the time AND effort to teach him. Not by letting him jump in the water and trying to doggy-paddle back to the edge.”
One time, I had a mom who was standing on the side of the pool while her daughter, about 7 feet away from her, began to drown. I blew my whistle, pointed and began to run, but figured I wouldn’t get far since I was 35 feet away from her while her mom was 7. But nope! That mom, fully aware that her child was drowning, let crucial seconds pass as I made my way through the water to her child instead of getting her designer tennis shoes and precious pants wet to rescue her own daughter. Moral of the story: some parents are idiots.
Submitted by vulcanswithattitude
Guilty. But when you have to keep the whistle in your mouth and use it constantly because you have a group of pre-teen boys come in and try to start a fight club in the pool, what else are you supposed to do?
Submitted by blow-away-soon
This is the worst for me to deal with! Especially as a supervisor, standing there watching someone disregard their water because their fox 40 is so much more interesting than the water, while a group of unattended children play a game I like to call “Watch how fast I can drown my little brother,” makes me so upset. So, guess who’s getting the doll thrown in on them. :D
Submitted by Mountain Writer
Heyyyy, so uh, going down the slide huh? Yeaaaa… it should be funnn… sooo umm, before you go, your life is going to get exciting in a couple months huh? Oh, nothing’s happening in your life in a couple months? Uhhh, maybe three months? Nothing? You sure? Have you seen your doctor lately? Uhh, no reason, never mind… enjoy the slide…..
Submitted by callmeekat
Little child, can’t you drown near the other lifeguards for a change?!
I’m a deck supervisor at the pool I’ve been working at for 2 1/2 years and occasionally have the opportunity to read comments members and guests have written on the comment cards scattered around the place. This Saturday in a rare moment of down time I stumbled upon the best comment ever sitting on my boss’ desk in the aquatics office. I didn’t think to copy it down verbatim but here is the comment to the best of my memory:
First I would like to say that the lifeguards are excellent, but I have yet to see a weekend afternoon where they are not overburdened by hoards of off the wall children and the self-important parents who think they don’t need to follow the rules and obstruct the lifeguards making their jobs even harder. I know that parties are a great way to enjoy the facilities, but the consequences for not following the rules should fall on the parents who seem to use the pool as a babysitting service. The lifeguards deserve a thank you, a raise, and a bonus for putting up with some of these families.
Dear commenter, these are my thoughts exactly. Can I get you a hug and possibly delicious treats?