Ranch reflection – Lifeguard training hard for even experienced swimmer

Jenelle Bayor- Mustangs Ahead

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The author (second row, second from right) learned more than swim skills in lifeguard training.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- For the past week, I have completed over 35 hours of training to become a lifeguard and swim instructor for Goldfish Swim School.

Before I could even attend the in-person training, I had to complete a seven-hour online course to learn some of the basics. After the completion of that course it was time to do the real thing and get certified.

Lifeguard training happened over the course of two days, with a 12-hour day being our longest. The training consisted of learning the different lifeguard signals, equipment, how to act with guests, how to treat injuries, and many other simple components.

I know that seems simple, but the rest of the training was more difficult. For reference, I am a 16-year-old girl with only a background of competitive swimming and briefly teaching preschool-aged children, so learning how to save a life was a little bit daunting to me.

We learned how to perform rescue breaths, CPR, how to use the automated external defibrillator, and multiple in-water rescue techniques. Learning how to do these things was difficult at first but got much easier when I started getting the hang of it. Flash forward 25 hours of training, I became a certified lifeguard.

The other 12 hours of training was learning how to teach swim lessons to kids aged four-months to 12-years-old. Since I was a swimmer, I thought that this part would come easily to me, but there was so much more to learn than I thought.

One of the main focuses of the instructor training was teaching kids how important water safety is. We all had to learn the drills to help teach the children how to keep themselves safe if they ever were to fall into a pool, lake, or any large body of water.

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under four, and the third leading cause of death worldwide.

Water safety and learning how to keep yourself safe is so important to know because you never know if this will happen to you.

Overall, I am so happy I got the opportunity to go through all these hours of training so I’m able to save lives and teach children how to keep themselves safe.

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