Lifeguard In-Service Training 2019

23 May 2019
Dozens of YMCA lifeguard taking a CPR class

This past weekend, you may have noticed pools across your YMCA locations closed a bit earlier than normal, and that’s because our lifeguards were hard at work brushing up on their water safety and lifesaving skills in preparation for the safest summer possible. Over 200 lifeguards came together at YMCA JT's Camp Grom in order to refocus their attention and commitment to keeping everyone that makes their way to the Y safe in and around the water. Staff reviewed lifeguard rescue skills, scanning/searching skills, and safety and CPR/AED procedures. Joy Thomen, Association Director of Aquatics for the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, says her hope is that staff realize the importance of their job, and that through in-services like the one held this past weekend, and the monthly reviews at each pool across the Y, they are prepared and successful in keeping all pools, and the people in them, safe. 

As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads encourages parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming—beginning with water safety, especially with the summer months approaching and outdoors pools opening. The following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water: 

  • Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone. 
  • Adults should constantly and actively watch their children. 
  • Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. 
  • Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach. 
  • Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities. 

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, swimming is a great way to increase physical activity. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.