By Vera Solis, Aquatics Supervisor
For many of us, summers are a time to swim and enjoy the water. For me, it’s about making sure our local pools are safe places for our residents, visitors, and their families to relax and have fun.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people – including two children – drown every day. For every child who drowns, five more are taken to emergency rooms for related injuries. With drowning being among the leading causes of preventable death, knowing how to swim is imperative.
At College Station’s municipal pools, your safety is in the capable hands of our trained lifeguards.
More than a job
The chance to help others – and maybe even save someone’s life – is what led me from a summer job to a career in lifeguarding. I’ve traveled across the country and overseas to train not only lifeguards but pool managers and supervisors.
The greatest benefits have been developing lifelong friendships and realizing that I can make a difference every day.
Many of our pool employees continue to use their first aid or water rescue skills long after they have left our department. In fact, one of our past pool managers can look at his daughter today because of the skills he learned here.
Our lifeguards not only watch over your family at play, but they also give swimming lessons, teach water fitness and safety classes, and coach youth swim teams. If you love teaching and swimming – and know your swim strokes — I encourage you to apply as a coach or instructor.
Are you ready to make a splash this summer?
The City of College Station is hiring lifeguards, water safety instructors, and Tsunami Swim Team coaches for our three pools this summer. Certification in CPR/First Aid/ AED and oxygen administration is required, but we offer all the appropriate certification programs – not to mention flexible hours and a fun working environment!
- College Station swim programs
- Apply for a job (click on Parks & Recreation category)
- Register for lifeguard and water safety certification
Lifeguarding is a fantastic opportunity to work outside, serve the public, and develop new friends.
You might even save a life.
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