John Body: Context on lifeguarding

Published: 6/16/2021 1:27:20 PM Just to add some context, Northampton Pool lifeguards were laid off in May 2020. Since we must be r...

Published: 6/16/2021 1:27:20 PM

Just to add some context, Northampton Pool lifeguards were laid off in May 2020. Since we must be recertified by the Red Cross every two years, most of us had to go through recertification in May 2021. That required 10 hours of online training and then over seven hours of training at the pool in CPR, IED use, First Aid, and water rescue. And we had to pay $100 for the training. To also be certified to work at Musante Beach, it was over four additional hours of training and $25 additional cost.

So to get recertified to work at the JFK pool and Musante Beach, I worked over 20 hours (unpaid) and paid out $125. At $15 an hour, I must work eight additional hours to make that up. So, after being laid off in May of 2020, for me to help the city start up its aquatic program, this year I basically will have to work over 28 hours before I see a profit.

There is a lifeguard shortage. I wonder why?! Even Old Navy pays their employees for training. So next time you give a lifeguard a hard time, think of the training and commitment they have made to guard your life.

John Body

Northampton lifeguard

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