It’s Summer and here in Northwest Arkansas, several families head out to public pools to cool down. As you think about taking a splash, it’s important to keep safety in mind.
Pool Manager Madeline Olander says, “Lifeguards have more first aid training than the average parent.”
Wilson Park Pool is a hot spot to cool down this Summer. Lifeguards like John Wolf keep you safe as you take a splash. Wolf says, “It is our job to help watch them and keep them safe, but also we have blind spots and stuff like that, that we can’t always see the kid, or its hard to know because there’s so many kids around.”
Helping lifeguards out, Olander turns to parents. Olander says, “Lifeguards are here in an emergency situation. Parents need to make sure their kids are staying where they’re comfortable, where they can touch and parents are definitely our first line of defense here. Lifeguards are here in case there is an emergency.”
Regularly scheduled training makes sure lifeguards are ready for any situation. Olander says, “We have in service training where we practice our skills and our emergency action plan. We do that once a week for two to three hours, so our lifeguards do know when they are helping a kid to tell them to stay calm it’s okay that they’re a lifeguard and theyr’e there to help them.”
Lifeguards say they see several distressed swimmers every year. Wolf remembers seeing one just earlier in the week. He says, “I was on stand over there in the mid and a kid…this kid was not swimming that well. She called him a distressed swimmer…so I jump in to get him and by the time I got to him, he went under, but then I was able to go under, pick him up, and bring him safely to the shore.”