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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

By: Shane McGrath


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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


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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)


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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.


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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


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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!


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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


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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


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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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