YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Every summer, public pools are looking for lifeguards, but some of the positions are more than seasonal.
Lifeguards are needed year-round at indoor pools, which makes it an in-demand career.
It’s important to stay safe around water. Even Olympic swimmers have a lifeguard watching over them.
Marco DiTommaso looks over the pool at the Jewish Community Center.
“You have to come to work every day expecting to get in the water and save someone,” DiTommaso said.
DiTommaso has been a lifeguard for eight years. It is a full-time position for him.
The job may seem simple, but lifeguards have many duties, including scanning the pool so they can see every inch and make sure nobody is drowning.
“Duties are as much in preventing accidents as it is in responding when an accident does happen, so it’s very important lifeguards enforce the rules,” DiTommaso said.
DiTomasso’s swim teacher encouraged him to become a lifeguard. To become a lifeguard, you have to be an expert swimmer and then get certified.
DiTomasso said most of the incidents that he responds to involve swimmers who are drowning, a young kid who has gone too far or an older person who loses his or her balance. The most dangerous situations involve neck, head or back injuries, and that’s where the certification and training is most important.
He said the most stressful time is when the pool is crowded with kids in the summer, but it can also be a special moment.
“When you’re helping these kids, whether it’s putting on life jackets or just helping them be safe or jumping in if one of the kids is struggling, it can be a very rewarding experience,”
DiTomasso has also branched out. The JCC lets him line up family and youth initiatives once a month.
The Jewish Community Center has a lifeguard class starting in December. It also has a job opening for a lifeguard right now.
Go to OhioMeansJobs.com to get more information about the position and others around the state.