So I had a little rumble with the lifeguards at the local pool the other day....perhaps I'd better explain.
Every summer for the past three years we have bought a seasonal pass to a local public pool. We all love to swim and spend most of our free afternoons splashing around. The pool we go to is clean, large and well maintained. The admission and concession prices are low, and patrons are even allowed to bring our own food in.
However, there is one major fly in the ointment....the lifeguards have gotten very, very lazy.
The problem with the chair above is mainly that it's empty. Just like the lifeguard chairs at our local pool have been lately.
When the pool opened this summer, most days the guards would spend the first couple of hours sitting on towels by the side of the pool. On the ground. Not in their chairs. Sometimes they would even be lying down
on their stomachs, chatting while children were swimming in the deep end.
After this happened a few times I pulled out my cell phone and snapped photos. The day before I reached boiling point I took snaps of all the lifeguard chairs because they were all empty. EMPTY.
That afternoon when we left I drove to the local municipal building and lodged a complaint. Explained that I had photos showing the lackadaisical attitudes on the part of the lifeguards.
Now let just preface what you're about to read by saying that I don't enjoy confrontation. In fact, I will go out of my way to avoid it whenever possible. But everyone has a threshold. And a few days ago mine was most definitely crossed.
When we got to the pool and there were about 15-25 people in and around the water. As I was sun screening my children I took a look around for the red suits and easily located them. All 5 guards were
hanging out with their friends
on duty and relaxing together on their towels by the edge of the pool, at the shallow side, all the way across from the deep end....where a lone child was swimming.
Yup. That pretty much did it. I asked the Holy Spirit to rein me in a little and give me the right words while I marched on over to
chat with the lifeguards. (I should mention that all 4 of my kids watched with mouths gaping) I think I opened up with...."Hey guys, this is not at all appropriate." And went on to say something like, "You have swimmers in all parts of the pool, including the deep end and you are just not doing your job. When you sit on the ground you cannot see beneath the surface of the water and that is extremelely dangerous. I know it's boring sitting up in those chairs all day, but they are not there for decoration. They are there so that you can see into the pool and keep swimmers safe. Please get up into your chairs."
Too much? Not enough?
Let me tell you....those kids just nodded their heads and popped right up and practically sprinted to their chairs. Later on one of the guards came and apologized to me and acknowledged that I was right to vent my concern. I'm guessing the rest of the lifeguards were thinking less charitable thoughts about me.
But I bet the next time they see me coming they'll be looking down on me from about 6 feet up.
Labels: rants, swimming