lifeguard problems

Spending countless hours watching people float on their backs? Wearing unflattering swimsuits? Dealing with their bratty kids?

Sounds fun, right? Welcome to Lifeguard Problems.

Leave your own submissions for your lifeguard problems, too!

Until then, rejoice in the fact that you're not, in fact, alone.
You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.
-Robert Jordan (via indapendent)

onemoreforever said:  Do guards ever get annoyed with people coming up to them and striking a convo? Not to bother/distract them, but when they're looking bored, and it's clear no one's going in the water.

I know that I was always perfectly fine with people coming up and talking to me—especially when I was bored and working a solo shift—so long as I could still pay attention to the water. It was a great way to break up the monotony at one of my jobs (where you basically spent the entire time alternating between making laps around the pool deck and sitting in the stand). However, I didn’t do it so much when I worked at the larger outdoor pool unless I was actually down from the stand.

I will say, though, that sometimes you just really need the person talking to you to leave? Not usually because they’re uninteresting or to be rude, but because while a conversation that lasts a few minutes likely won’t hurt anyone (bearing in mind the guard is still doing their job and watching the pool), if it goes on for too long it can be really distracting. It also doesn’t give the best image to your patrons, especially if you’re really busy. Calm and quiet days are one thing, but if the pool is packed then that conversation can probably wait. 

But, like you said, if no one’s getting in the water, I’d say go for it! I’m sure most guards would love to chat, whether you have questions about the pool or just want to talk about the weather. You can also generally tell whether a guard is going to be approachable or not, so if they’re looking a bit frosty, it might not be worth it to try and engage them in conversation, haha. Each person is different and that goes for guards, too. :) 

  onemoreforever   replies   lifeguard

I’m about to go give my first swim lesson after a year and a half long break from them. At my old pool. Wish me luck!

  im in crisis mood   i'd taken a nice little break from them and am now regretting it   lifeguard   swim lessons   personal

To go or not to go 

Hey! So I am a lifeguard out in British Columbia, Canada, I had a shift the other night where a seizure occurred right before my eyes, but because I was in the highchair and the pool was crazy busy I wasn’t sure if I should jump down and help her or signal to the roving guard to come get her. Anyways, I decided to jump right down from my chair and laid her down on the floor and let her do her thing. Everyone in the pool thought the lady was going through an exorcism and to be honest their reactions were priceless. The seizure lasted more then 10 minutes! But, ya, I just wanted to let you guys know about the heart throbbing instances where every split second has an affect on the situation. #Lifeguardstress

justarandomgirlyteen said:  i really wanted to message you on your other blog but there wasn't an option. just want to say i found this one and followed then found your other one and immediately knew I liked it from the very first post that was up :)

aw, thank you so much! you just made my day! :) 


whoops, I didn’t even realize there wasn’t a messaging option on that blog. I definitely need to fix that. thanks for letting me know! 

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hallwaystalker said:  Have you ever taught swim lessons and if so, to what age group

I have actually taught swim lessons! 

I taught a few different types. I taught some for my YMCA, and those were group lessons with about three to four kids (I think I had five once, but that was typically the max). The ages varied: I had some that were about four years old, and then some that were closer to ten. I actually even had a 13 year old once, which was definitely a different take on the lessons. 

I also did some private ones, and I think those kids were all eight? I’m not sure, but that seems like the magic number. 

Swim lessons, if you have a great group of kids, can be a whole lot of fun. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and have a fantastic set, sometimes there’s a mixture, and sometimes they’re difficult. If you spend enough time with them and get to know them, it’ll all start to come together. 

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noangelurdrunk said:  I legitimately just made a Tumblr specifically for the reason that I wanted to ask you a question, so theres that. Hi. I was just wondering how exactly is the process of bathroom breaks dealt with? I have a friend who told me that he used to be a lifeguard years ago and he said that you just have to pee in a bottle. But how would this work for females?

Well, first off: Welcome to tumblr! We’re glad to have you. ;) 

You know, I can honestly say I have never actually been asked this. and we’ve been asked a lot of questions.

If I had to guess, though, I would say that your friend is pulling your leg. I mean, sure, you conceivably could just pee in a bottle, but that doesn’t really mean you should. Especially if there are people in the pool. That’s certainly your prerogative, of course, but I would advice against it. public indecency say what

In all seriousness, though, I worked at two pools. One of them, a YMCA, I was on my own for a couple hours each shift. I usually went to the bathroom before my shift started in order to avoid that problem, but if the urge were to suddenly strike a poor and unsuspecting guard, there were a couple options. My boss’s office was attached to the pool, so I could usually pester him to watch the pool for me. If there’s no one in the pool, you can temporarily lock the doors for the couple minutes you’re gone and then unlock them when you get back. Otherwise? I… honestly couldn’t tell you. I never had that experience, though I definitely have sympathy for anyone that has. 

The other pool, a country club, had multiple guards on duty, so you usually just waited for the next rotation and then sprinted to the bathroom. Or, again, if you were desperate you could usually convince another guard to cover you while you were gone. 

It really depends on the circumstance, I guess? Hm. 

I don’t know that that really answered your question. Does anyone else have any suggestions/solutions? 

And, regardless, enjoy your time on tumblr. :)


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Finals week is coming… The stress is piling on… So Dylan is blowing us all kisses for good luck!

  not lifeguard related but for those of you in a finals crunch?   here ya go


The season of leg shaving is upon us.

acomplete-mess said:  You've probably already answered this before but i'm going to start training in May and i wanted to try and get my books and stuff now beforehand. But I'm not entirely sure where to look. Sorry if i'm bothering you.

Aw, hon, you’re not bothering me at all! Don’t ever hesitate to ask a question. 

Now, I personally did my certification at my local YMCA. The program actually provided all the reading material, information, etc. there. The only thing we had to pay for was the class itself. I’m not certain how other certifications might work, but if you’re really curious I would just check out some books or websites on the topic. A quick Google search should take you to some good sites, like the American Red Cross’s

I do know that a lot of the books you can buy on Amazon and the like are more expensive, so it might be a good idea to wait until you know for certain whether you’ll need to provide your own reading materials. If you don’t want to wait until class starts, give them a call! They’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction. 

Does anyone else have any suggestions?

  ima-depressed-swimming-idjit   replies   american red cross   lifeguard training


soooo, i decided to make a new blog (linked here). it’s mostly just pictures of pretty things and quotes, but if you checked it out and maybe followed it, i would love you forever??? please?

also, for what it’s worth, we’re both still answering your questions, even if we’re a little slow at getting to them sometimes. if you’re worried about not having received a response, it wouldn’t hurt to send your question again to make sure that tumblr didn’t eat your message. because tumblr can mean and nasty in that way. submissions are still temporarily on hold, i think, but those should start back up after finals—when lifeguard season kicks back into gear 

  final moment of shameless self promotion   but really   i'd love to follow some of you guys as well   personal