Lifeguards Swim To Save

With the kids out of school, you’ll probably be heading to the beach or pool soon. It may reassure you to know that when the lifeguards at Centennial Beach are on duty, the last thing on their minds is getting a tan.

For the award-winning lifeguards at Centennial Beach, the training never stops. Centennial Beach holds more than 6 million gallons of water so being able to navigate and save lives is important.

Head Lifeguard Sam Schild said, “We’ve been training since May 1st, everyday except for Sunday from 4 p.m. till 10 p.m. most nights.”

Nathan Piette, the Assistant Head Guard said “The beach is different from your normal pool considering that we have a large facility. It goes shallow deep, but when it goes deep, it goes 15 feet deep and the water isn’t necessarily clear.”

According to officials, there are one to two deep water emergencies each year at the beach. But for more than three decades, Centennial Beach celebrates an exemplary record and is rated in the top 5% for safety by a national aquatic rating organization.

“Water safety tips I’d recommend is parents staying with their kids, going into the water with them and not being a sideline parent, but to swim with their kids,” said 3rd year lifeguard, Mary-Kate Lusk.

Training is key for the lifeguards and includes diving, scuba certification, CPR and first aid training, as well as surface and deep water rescue. At least 21 lifeguards are on duty every day and during maximum capacity at the beach, 25 are present.

“Truly I have a great staff and I appreciate everything they do, and the patrons of this community do too,” said Andrea Coates, the Centennial Beach Facility Manager.

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