YMCA hiring lifeguards, swim instructors

Gabriel Shehan, 17, and Mikayla Friedman, 15, pull Dylan Broussard, 21, out of the water during a lifeguard training session in 2015. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Gabriel Shehan, 17, and Mikayla Friedman, 15, pull Dylan Broussard, 21, out of the water during a lifeguard training session in 2015. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

The YMCA of Austin needs lifeguards and swim instructors to staff its pools this summer.

It’s an important job. Most people think they’ll recognize if someone is drowning. Television programs and movies have taught us that when someone drowns, they flail their arms and yell. It’s noisy and noticeable, right?

In reality, drowning is more often silent than splashy. Someone who is drowning gasps for air and doesn’t waste effort waving his arms. He or she can’t call for help – it’s physiologically impossible.

Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. According to data from the USA Swimming Foundation, 70 percent of black, 60 percent of Hispanic and 40 percent of white children can’t swim.

That’s why the Y is recruiting 300 people to staff programs at branches across the city. Swim instructors and lifeguards get a free Y membership, discounts at several local businesses and flexible scheduling.

Not sure you’re ready to take the certification class required for employment? East Communities YMCA will offer Lifeguard 101, a free preparatory class that provides applicants with the skills they to conquer the certification course. Sessions are offered from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information go here.

For more information about applying for a job as a lifeguard, go here.

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