Life­guards Ready For Sum­mer At River­bank Com­mu­nity Pool

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIR­GINIA STILL [email protected]­dale­leader.com

Hot days are on the way and with a few days that have al­ready been in the up­per 90s, some peo­ple will be look­ing for a place to cool off. The River­bank Com­mu­nity Pool opened this past Mon­day, June 4 for recre­ational swim. With the rivers run­ning high, cold, and fast, the safest place to cool off right now may be a swim­ming pool. The com­mu­nity pool is at the cor­ner of Sev­enth Street and Stanis­laus Street and will be open Mon­day through Thurs­day from 1 p.m. un­til 3:30 p.m. and on Satur­day from noon to 4 p.m.

This past Satur­day, the River­bank pool life­guards were train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the sum­mer sea­son, per­form­ing dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios like back board ex­trac­tions with a spinal in­jury and with­out a spinal in­jury. There are 14 life­guards and they were ro­tat­ing po­si­tions to cover each situation.

Some of the life­guards have been with the City of River­bank’s Parks and Re­cre­ation for four to five years and for oth­ers this will be their first year. They are all cer­ti­fied life­guards

and have gone through all the train­ing nec­es­sary in­clud­ing First Aid for Pub­lic Safety Per­son­nel, pro­vid­ing the life­guards with ad­vanced first aid skills. The age range for a life­guard is from 15 on up.

Sue Fitz­patrick, Di­rec­tor of Parks and Re­cre­ation, said the train­ing is thor­ough and in­ten­sive, pre­par­ing the life­guards for a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions.

“But now we have to get all our peo­ple to­gether be­cause some took train­ing in dif­fer­ent places,” she noted of host­ing a cen­tral­ized gath­er­ing at the pool. “So now we want to make sure they work as a team. We were in the of­fice do­ing other train­ing but now it is about prac­tic­ing skills in the wa­ter.”

Mau­reen Nel­son led the life­guard train­ing this past Satur­day and is the Head Swim Coach for the River­bank Bar­racu­das swim team as well as a life­guard in­struc­tor. They spent the first part of the day do­ing life­guard res­cues and spent the sec­ond part on their skill set for teach­ing swim lessons.

“Mau­reen is our swim coach and we were lucky enough to get her be­cause she is a life­guard in­struc­tor,” added Fitz­patrick. “So she can come and tell them about any changes and ac­tu­ally cri­tique their skills and help us get to where we need to be.”

The Pool Man­ager is Brooke Allen, Assistant Man­ager Bryse Allen and Head Life­guards are Bray­don Terzo and Syd­ney Howard.

There are usu­ally four guards on duty dur­ing rec- reational swim, Fitz­patrick said, how­ever it is de­pen­dent on how many peo­ple are swim­ming. They will train ev­ery Fri­day through­out the sum­mer.

“The train­ing went great,” ex­pressed Fitz­patrick. “Yes, they are ready and ex­cited for sum­mer. We have a great staff this year.”

The fee for the recre­ational swim is $2 per per­son per day or guests are wel­come to pur­chase a sea­son swim pass for $60 for an in­di­vid­ual or $100 for a fam­ily of four and each ad­di­tional per­son $20. The City has pur­chased a log for the pool and they plan to have some log rolling competitions this sum­mer.

Swim lessons will be­gin on Mon­day, June 11.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.river­bank.org or the Re­cre­ation Of­fice at 6707 Third St., Suite C or call 209863-7150.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

The River­bank Com­mu­nity Pool was busy on Satur­day, June 2 with life­guards in train­ing pre­par­ing for the busy sum­mer sea­son.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

The life­guards are ready for the sum­mer and are pre­pared to keep peo­ple safe at the River­bank Com­mu­nity Pool.

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