When she was on her second day of the job as a lifeguard last summer, Kayla Fischer was in her chair above the pool, watching swimmers.
Suddenly, Fischer says, she hear yelling in the diving area and saw lifeguard Niki Kleinheider jump into the pool to pull a young swimmer to safety. Fischer stood on her chair, blew her whistle, but continued to watch the swimmers she was responsible for.
“It was really exciting, but I was really able to rely on my training and Niki got a kid out of the water who just sort of panicked – the water was too cold for her.”
The made a lasting impression on Fischer and other lifeguards at the Optimist Pool.
For many of the Optimist Pool lifeguards, this is their first job and the Ashland Optimist Club cites several good reasons for responsible teenagers to work at the pool.
However, Fischer said her second day on the job reminded her that first and foremost, the lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of all swimmers.
by Bruce Wallace