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Fun, skills, and hard work at Repsol Pool's Lifeguard Club


by Lara Felsing When asked what qualities great lifeguards
have, Sam Volk replied, "Great lifeguards are
During the week of August 14-18, eight youth ages passionate and committed people. They value
10-13 had the opportunity to experience just what it safety and teamwork, and can work well in
takes to become a lifeguard. stressful situations. Lifeguards are willing to
The 25 hour course was designed and taught by work hard and complete tasks in a timely fashion
University of Alberta student and six-year lifeguard to ensure the best possible experience for the
veteran Samantha Volk, who started with the Town public."
of Edson this past April. Participant Elora Hemsley must've been on the
Pool Programmer Katie Barnes approached Senior same wavelength, as her writing on the subject of
Lifeguard Volk with the idea of creating the week Lifeguarding won her free tuition into the course.
long intensive course, and says Volk "Went above The essay contest consisted of submitting a 500
and beyond my expectations". The course reached word essay on the topic before July 31st, and
maximum occupancy and Barnes is looking forward Elora's essay was spot on.
to running the successful program again next So what will be the next step to becoming a
summer. lifeguard for these young swimmers after
Activities and skills covered throughout the week Lifeguard Club? They'll move on to Ranger,
included introductory training in lifeguarding, Rookie, Star Patrol, First Aid, Bronze Star,
cleaning, minor first-aid skills, CPR-A, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Medallion
communication, fitness and safety. Of all the skills courses. To find out more about this course or to
covered, 10 year old Lifeguard Club student Tavian register for swim classes please visit
Johnson says "Shadow guarding is my favourite www.edson.ca or register in person at Repsol
part". Place. Essay winner Elora Hemsley during the fitness portion
of the Lifeguard Club course. photo Lara Felsing
WINNING ESSAY:
SPLISH, SPLASH, SAVE! a lifeguarding essay



by Elora Grace Hemsley from those encountered in municipal swimming pools. Unaware of what
dangers may lie ahead could be the fatal incident in your life. Therefore it is, I
My name is Elora Grace Hemsley, I am thirteen, turning fourteen in August, believe, necessary that all who plan to enjoy the pleasant sun near any bodies of
and in September I will be entering high school to grade nine in French water should make themselves knowledgeable about potential risks. As a
Immersion. I have three crazy adorable younger siblings named Megan, Olivia, lifeguard, it would be amongst my responsibilities to educate adults and children
and Jasmine. After a break of nearly a year from swimming lessons it will be of all ages on what to expect. Within a pool environment, dangers also exist.
nice to get back in the game and start some lifeguard training. Educating young swimmers in these areas along with swimming instruction is
Primarily, I want to be a lifeguard because I adore being in a water very important. I believe that seeing their progress will also be highly
environment, particularly natural bodies of water. I also enjoy taking on rewarding.
positions of great responsibility. I feel that having the skills to assist someone Being a lifeguard implies that you have the skill set to save someone's life. Jerry Ford runs August 28
who is having difficulties in the water, or in need of medical attention and This will be a step on my path contributing towards achieving my dream career
potentially saving a life is essential. As well it would be incredible to instruct to be a nurse. Knowing first aid is absolutely essential when or wherever you
young children on how to swim. are, and even the most basic of techniques you can perform on someone can
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