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What is the most difficult thing about being a lifeguard?

Asked at Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center on July 29, 2008

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Photo of Tony Ceman

“Having to watch a lot of kids when there are so many people in the water.”

Photo of Jaime Meyers

“Probably dealing with unhappy or dissatisfied parents. We have a lot of rules they’re not aware of; they are posted, but they don’t always read them. So sometimes they get upset when we are just trying to keep everyone safe.”

Photo of Dusty Morlan

“The repeat offenders. There are a lot of regulars here that are always causing trouble, but it’s kind of a friendly rivalry.”

Photo of Kelli Ralph

“Being out in the hot sun for eight hours a day. It’s a long time to just sit there. You have to make yourself pay attention.”

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geekin_topekan 6 years ago

Supervising the gene pool.

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sunflower_sue 6 years ago

Finding just the right pair of insectoid eyewear.

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TheEleventhStephanie 6 years ago

How 'bout the kids who keep pooping in the pool? A few times I went last week, they had to EVACUATE the pool. No joke.

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thomgreen 6 years ago

Shear boredom. I was a lifeguard for over six years. From the story on the lifeguards here in Lawrence it sounds like they have a nice rotating schedule to help combat that issue.

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spiff 6 years ago

yeah, if i was a lifeguard, i definitely wouldn't want sunglasses that provided complete coverage of my field of vision. jerks

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stinerides 6 years ago

golf land sun splash in o.p., those were the good days, opening at 9:30 am and "testing" all the slides to ensure all the crickets rode down smoothly

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bearded_gnome 6 years ago

cutny(-Anonymous)-!says:You guys still beating the "insectoid" and "huge" sunglass horse? Get over it. Some people like big sunglasses. Post your face and on the internet and stophiding behind your anonymity and let's see what we can all find to sling at you.hardest thing: got to be the babes! oooooops, am I gonna get yelled at for "babes?""mutant wombats" yeah, and you know they're always just lirking, watching for their opportunity. however, when you're a lifeguard, how do you tell the pod-people from the others?***and finally, Ronald Reagan, while a lifeguard, saved or assisted over 70 persons at a river in southern IL.

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TheEleventhStephanie 6 years ago

Plenty of groping teens and pitched tents too. Man, the pool is getting scary!

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beatrice 6 years ago

Making that white stuff you put on your nose look cool, while wearing insectoid sunglasses of course. Second hardest thing about being a lifeguard is probably trying to avoid the constant thought that you should have spent my summer as a barista instead. Next fashion trend -- one large piece of welding shield sunglass hooked to a visor. This will be hot in 2009!

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woodenfleaeater 6 years ago

I loved lathering up with baby oil, wearing my aviator shades and trying to impress women with the Tom Cruise / Top Gun look. Although I frequenly got in trouble for wearing my bomber jacket in the chair.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years ago

It looks like you've succeeded in avoiding it.Weblog: Interactive "____bait" fill-in-the-blank game.JAILL

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Haiku_Cuckoo 6 years ago

"How 'bout the kids who keep pooping in the pool? A few times I went last week, they had to evacuate the pool. No joke."That's just wrong. Whenever a kid "makes dooky" in the pool, the parents should be hit with the cost to drain and sanitize. A bill for $3,500 will make the parents think twice about bringing the kid back for a while. Also, they should add that chemical that turns the water purple whenever anyone takes a squirt in the pool. The offender will be surrounded by a cloud of purple and can have his pool pass confiscated by the lifeguards.

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Quigly 6 years ago

Mars Bars floating in the water?

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beatrice 6 years ago

Py apparently got her post bounced for using the "f" word.Fishing

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Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Running in slow motion while the theme music is playing.

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Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Baristas wear huge sunglasses while eating fruitcake and driving around traffic-calming devices.

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bearded_gnome 6 years ago

apparently the insectoid glasses mean something to them! so, maybe those who wear them can be assumed to have a personality flaw, or even mental disorder? I remember how on Hawaii-5-oh the sunglasses were always the relflective kind. that was very big then! now, we get dick cheney wearing them while fishing in a picture, some thought they saw a nude woman reflected in them. to which he said "you should've seen the one that got away!"

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maybeso 6 years ago

Actually, Multidis, the fanny pack truly is the worst thing about lifeguarding.

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jonas 6 years ago

Mutant wombats. I'll admit they're pretty rare, but when they come around you'll be thinking they're the most difficult thing then, too.

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Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Py, it's a good thing you didn't mention stinkbait.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years ago

Won't work... I've already tried to lure Py with stinkbait.

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spiff 6 years ago

we are also strongly anti-Bobs.Fortunately this means we are allowed to have one.Now accepting apps

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gobbluth 6 years ago

trying to decide which one will be a republican when they grow up and go save the other kid?

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years ago

TheEleventhStephanie: "How 'bout the kids who keep pooping in the pool?A few times I went last week, they had to evacuate the pool."As evacuation goes, that sounds like the Mothra of butterfly effects.Next season... microdot sunglasses!( Insectoids are soooooooo passe. )

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cutny 6 years ago

You guys still beating the "insectoid" and "huge" sunglass horse? Get over it. Some people like big sunglasses. Post your face and on the internet and stop hiding behind your anonymity and let's see what we can all find to sling at you.

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Quigly 6 years ago

2 words- wet snickers

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bearded_gnome 6 years ago

OOOOOOOOOOOOH! you girls are being sooooooooo nasty! now, I'm really curious just what was in Py's yanked post! she doesn't get yanked very much at all, being the lady she is!
hardest thing about being a lifeguard? baywatch?

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