Distractions are everywhere, but don’t let them get in the way of being an awesome lifeguard! It’s already tough enough to tame our internal thoughts while on the job! Cell phones and other outside distractions can make it difficult for guards to focus. When you’re on duty you need to be in a position where you’re alert, aware, and ready to take action! This is why all electronic devices should be stored in your bag or well away from you while you are on duty.
What’s the Worst that Could Happen?
While emergencies don’t happen every day, your job is to stay alert and aware in case of an incident. There are multiple reports of swimmers fatally drowning while a lifeguard is distracted. Don’t let that happen to you! Too many people’s safety depends on you, so distractions can’t get in the way. Drowning is quick, quiet, and can happen in a matter of seconds. Even glancing at your phone for a split second could lead to a fatal tragedy.
When is it Okay to Use Your Phone?
Your phone should NEVER be out while you’re on duty. However, we understand the importance of staying connected with the rest of the world. Keep you phone in your bag or in a locker if one is provided. Check your phone during your breaks.
So there’s no one in your pool. Can I use my phone now? We get that staring at an empty pool for long periods of time can be boring, but a phone is never allowed while you are on duty. You should find activities to do during downtime to keep yourself alert. Remember that these activities should NEVER distract you from being aware of all pool activities.
- Practice breathing exercises
- Check the water balance
- Keep your pool’s area tidy and clean
Distractions are everywhere, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to stay focused! Your hotline will still be blinging when your break rolls around! It can wait. The lives and safety of swimmers are more important!