Essay on Water Safety : A Hot Summer Day

878 Words Jan 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Water Safety
It was a hot summer day, and I was working a shift lifeguarding at a local swimming pool. I was taking my break in the staff room when I heard the alarm signal on the radios we use to communicate go off. Rushing outside immediately, I spotted my coworker Sam in the pool rescuing a small child. Fortunately, there were two guards on the pool at that time, so it was still being guarded. I went over to see if Sam needed help, and when I saw that it was handled, I took her spot on the guard stand so she could fill out an incident report and talk to the parents. Thankfully, the child was okay and didn’t seem too distressed about what had taken place. Sam later explained to me that the kid, who was about three years old, walked down the steps of the pool while his parents weren’t paying attention and stepped too deep, so he couldn’t stand. Since he was at a pool that was being lifeguarded, everything turned out okay. But there are many situations where a child could fall into deep water and go unnoticed, and the outcome would likely be much more horrific. This is why I think it is important that all kids at least have some basic water safety skills taught to them.
It is fairly simple to teach young kids how to be comfortable in the water. It’s easiest to do this in a pool with a shallow end. Before I start teaching the kids, I make sure that they are comfortable with me. From personal experience, I have learned that it is much easier to instruct a child when they…

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