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LIFEGUARDING 101. By: Shane McGrath. About Me. High School: 3 years cross-country, 4 years swimming, 3 years track College: 2 years swimming Avalon Beach Patrol: 7 years experience, 2 nd year Lieutenant

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lifeguarding 101

LIFEGUARDING 101

By: Shane McGrath

about me
About Me
  • High School: 3 years cross-country, 4 years swimming, 3 years track
  • College: 2 years swimming
  • Avalon Beach Patrol: 7 years experience, 2nd year Lieutenant
  • Life Guarding Competition: 2 time cape may county run-swim champion, 1 time Cape May Superathalon champion, 2 time Kerr’s doubles rowing champion, 1 time Kerr’s single rowing champion

“Life Guarding is not just a job for me, It’s a lifestyle

my training
My Training
  • Swimming for Rowan University keeps me in great shape, so when I head back down the shore to life guard I’m one step ahead of the game.
  • Here’s a look at my typical day on the Avalon Beach Patrol

9:30- Roll Call

10:00- Everyone is at their assigned beach

10:30- I go for a 4-mile beach run

12:00- I drive the 4 and ½ mile beach surveying the layout of the beach and the water

2:00- Lunch

2:45- Rescue off of 21st beach( 2 children on boogie boards) minor

3:30- Beach Tagger Knock-off

4:00- I swim 2 (half mile flags)

5:00- Lifeguards are off-duty

5:20- My doubles partner and I row 2 (1 mile flags)

training
Training
  • CPR
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Rowing
  • Surf-dashing
  • Controlling your water
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CPR
  • The letters in CPR stand for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a combination of rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) and chest compressions.
swimming
Swimming
  • “No matter what anyone says, if your not a strong swimmer, life guarding is not for you”
  • Ways to improve your swimming

1. 500-1500 yards a day

2. Decrease time

3. Abdominal work

4. Oxygen debt

running
Running
  • During the summer I run anywhere from 4 to 5 miles a day; 6 days a week.
  • For beginners I recommend starting off running 1 to 2 miles a day; 3 to 4 times a week
  • Incorporate sprints so that you can be quick off your stand for rescue situations!
rowing and surf dashing
Rowing and Surf-dashing
  • Becoming a good rower takes a lot of time and discipline. Lifeguard boats weigh anywhere from 300 to 400 pounds, so you also have to be very careful.
  • Sometimes it takes over 2 years to really learn how to efficiently get the boat out past the breakers and towards the rescue
  • Surf-dashing involves running out into chest deep water and running back out to the beach as fast as possible
controlling your water
Controlling your Water
  • Always survey the scene
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Always be alert
  • Watch for rip tides or rip currents
  • Watch for sand bars
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Being a lifeguard on the beach can be very fun and exciting. Becoming a member of a beach patrol is like being part of a team or fraternity. I hope that some of you consider trying out this summer especially if you need a summer job!
  • Avalon Beach Patrol: Capt. Murray Wolf (609) 967-7587
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