Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Drowning? Text a Lifeguard

I'm still in disbelief about this and it's been almost two weeks.

I go to a water aerobics class at our local Y.  I've been in this class for years.  The lifeguards are college aged young people, for the most part.  They do, I am sure, a wonderful job.

 A couple of times over the years, I have made reports where I felt the lifeguards weren't paying attention.  As young adults will do, sometimes these lifeguards have friends come over, and talk to them.  I'm not thrilled about that.  Their job is to watch people exercising in the water, including a number of seniors.  It takes just a second, if someone had a heart attack, to (heaven forbid) slip under the water.

A couple of weeks ago, the class had not yet started.  Right before our class is a lap swim period, and it was winding down.  They were taking the lane markers out of the water, but a couple of people were still swimming.  And, there were some water aerobics class members already in the pool. 

What was the lifeguard doing?  She was....texting.  OK maybe she wasn't texting.  Maybe she had her cell phone out and was making random motions on the keyboard.  Or was surfing the net.  Or was watching a TV show.  At any rate, the more I think about this-I don't care if the class hadn't started, there were people in the water.

I don't want her fired.  I want to know that the Y has a policy about this type of thing.  I was wrong to let it go so long without a report.  I've never gotten feedback regarding my previous complaints.  But I hope the Y doesn't think it is OK for their lifeguards to be paying attention to their cell phones while on duty.

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