Imagine this: it is summer, sunny. You and your friends are enjoying your time at the beach. You decide to swim, go to the water, and everything is fine. But suddenly you see one of your friends is losing consciousness and can drown. Do you know how to handle this situation while everyone around you is panicking?
But don’t worry today your friend is saved. Thanks to lifeguards who are watching us while we are swimming. All lifeguards are responsible boys and girls who got the certificate and can supervise the safety of swimmers, and they are also trained in emergency rescue procedures.
I have a full image of this job because in summer 2013 I worked as a lifeguard in a water park in the USA.
Lifeguarding is the most challenging and rewarding job that appeared in the US in the beginning of the 20th century, which requires special skills. First I am going to talk about the history of lifeguarding, then I will inform about special lifeguard skills.
Lifeguarding appeared in the beginning of the 20th century in the US and has developed since then.
Starting in the 1800's, swimming became a popular activity in the United States. Resorts in places like Atlantic City and New Jersey attracted humans from inland areas to escape the summer heat. As water activity increased, so did the incidence of drowning.
By the early 1900s as many as 9,000 humans drowned each year in the USA. Eventually, municipalities began to hire men and women trained specifically for water rescue. They were deemed “lifeguards.”
In 1914, Wilbert E. Longfellow established the American Red Cross Lifesaving, which trained swimmers throughout the United States in lifesaving. Then he organized them into volunteer corps, and encouraged them to accept responsibility for supervision of bathing activities in their communities.
Over time, special tools were developed to assist in swimming rescues. Improved ...
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