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2011-12-18 4:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Do we really need lifeguards at the pool?

cstoulil - 2011-12-18 12:20 AM Ahh yes, and the pool in question in my case is about 5 ft at one end and 3.5 at the other.

You can drown in an inch of water. It doesn't need to be a deep pool. If you, god forbid, had a heart attack, you'd want the lifeguard there. Even in 5 feet of water.



2011-12-18 5:09 PM
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SlowMark - 2011-12-17 7:51 PM I just got home from my daughter's high school swim meet were there were 3 lifegaurds on duty.  A pool full of accomplished swimmers surrounded by team mates and 300+ spectators and 3 guards watching from their chairs.  However, in the morning I'll swim at a health club with no guard.

 

That's because people who swim alot, and spend alot of time in/near water understand that a lifeguard or two can really come in handy, especially those who train alot.  Just having someone aroudn who won't panic if they have to do CPR is a huge plus. Most drowning deaths are preventable.

2011-12-18 10:25 PM
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Left Brain - 2011-12-18 3:09 PM

SlowMark - 2011-12-17 7:51 PM I just got home from my daughter's high school swim meet were there were 3 lifegaurds on duty.  A pool full of accomplished swimmers surrounded by team mates and 300+ spectators and 3 guards watching from their chairs.  However, in the morning I'll swim at a health club with no guard.

 

That's because people who swim alot, and spend alot of time in/near water understand that a lifeguard or two can really come in handy, especially those who train alot.  Just having someone aroudn who won't panic if they have to do CPR is a huge plus. Most drowning deaths are preventable.

No disagreement, just pointing out the juxtaposition of the two situations.

2011-12-18 10:42 PM
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MUSKOKAFIVEOH - 2011-12-17 10:01 PM

I was a guard for 10 years and did very little beyond minor first aid and the odd spinal injury(usually due to the adjoining rink). But the one VSA (Vital Signs Absent ) rescue I did in 88 leaves me thinking that the insurance metaphor is worth a second thought.  I don't need a lifeguard...until I need one.

Very good point.  I guess if my gym raised my membership a few bucks a month I wouldn't sweat it.

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