There are many who believe that lifeguarding is a laid back easy job, where the employee’s main concern is the quality of their tan. Others may think is it something like the over dramatized scenes from shows such as Baywatch. Here at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, this is far from the truth. The fact is, it takes a very special type of person to be a lifeguard. It takes a person who is willing to put in the effort to master lifesaving skills, which could make a difference in someone’s life. It takes a person that cares about the wellbeing of others, and works hard every day to keep their facility as safe as possible.
The guards at the Ouray Hot springs are not only certified in Lifeguarding and in water rescue skills, they have American Red Cross certifications in CPR, AED, Oxygen Administration, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens. This allows them to provide the best care for all patrons.
To maintain this high standard of care, guards are required to attend monthly in-service training’s. During these in-services, guards refine their skills and apply them to countless scenarios in an attempt to be prepared for any situation. This is a lot to ask of any employee, especially ones who are still in high school. But, the guards at the Ouray Hot Springs not only take on this responsibility, they excel at meeting the expectation. While guarding can be stressful at times, we do try to have some fun. Each summer we hold our Lifeguard Games! This is a fun event where teams of lifeguards compete against each other for bragging rights as Lifeguard Games Champions. The events include things such as Jeopardy style trivia, team rescue races, and other team building activities. The games culminate with the lifeguard relay where each team member completes a leg of the race, ending with completing the obstacle course carrying a guard tube. Along with the Lifeguard Games, we hold several employee movie nights throughout the summer. The movie nights are a relaxing night for the employees to come watch a movie and have the pool all to themselves. We put a giant projection screen on the side of the pool, which allows the guards to watch from the water, creating a truly unique experience.
Lifeguarding is fun! Our guards put in the work and are very well trained and prepared to handle almost any situation. Working at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool is a truly unique and rewarding experience.
Article written by Jeramy Harthan (Aquatics Coordinator)