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Lifeguard quickly spots and then saves drowning kid at public pool

Lifeguard quickly spots and then saves drowning kid at public pool

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Rik775

Beast, I have a great deal of respect for life guards since I got caught in a rip tide saving my friend


I-might-get-banned

It's also not a fun job at all. You sit there for long periods of time unable to look away from the pool, and usually nothing happens. If something exciting does happen, then it's never a good thing. Nothing but respect.


NothingsShocking

Serious. Then just one time you slip up and take a quick break to have sex with another camp counselor and a kid drowns and turns into some demonic serial killer. I mean what are the chances.


slightly85

Luckily for me, 30 seconds and I'd be back up there.


AntJSB

You doing it twice?


slightly85

No, but I included the time for climbing down and back up the ladder.


ConclusionPristine

You thought ahead, good move


MamaDoll54

Nice move out there.


jaxRLee

Nice move *in* there (and out).


DingoGlittering

The ole in out in out


AntJSB

A pretty large ladder then 😉


slightly85

Yeah, you gotta have a good vantage point for the lake.


NirvanaWarrior

I wish I had an award. Laughed so hard I had to show my wife.


chroniicfries

Wait, a redditor, with wife?? I have just found a mythical creature, gotta tell the homies


TheGameIsAboutGlory1

Another redditor with a wife, checking in. Only $249.99 plus shipping. Easy decision.


John-Sobieski

Where did you find such a deal? Mine costs like $800 a week.


Kiki01234

I showed my wife and now she's asking why I can't last that long


evanfavor

I too would like to have 30 second sex with this guys wife


CiroccPapi

That's what I call efficient right there.


handlessuck

The Minutemen are always the heroes of the story.


bingold49

Look at the pornstar over here


SelwanPWD

I'm more of a two stroke man


mdewinthemorning

Do it doggy style so you can both watch the pool.


turntabletennis

Did you just drop a fuckin Sleepaway Camp reference? Edit: nope i got all mixed up


harroween

Friday the 13th?


Easy_Individual5197

I just used the last of my coins 😭 I want to award you for that good laugh I just had. Thank you


firstmaxpower

Really depends on the pool you guard at. I myself spent two summers in a suit tanning while watching at most 10 kids in a small pool. Lifeguard at a huge wave pool? Holy hell that job would be terrible.


CasuallyCompetitive

I lifeguarded for my college swim team which was mostly just two hours of hanging out with my lifeguard friends.


mlee001

Swim teams need lifeguards? But they already know how to swim.


Worlds_Dumbest_Nerd

Still gotta have the bases covered, if for no other reason than liability, that said: ​ Medical emergencies in the water, slips/falls, shallow water blackout (though most coaches don't do breath control sets for that reason), competition suits that are so undersized the swimmer needed oxygen (the last one's a true story). ​ Most useless I ever felt was lifeguarding a exhibition match between the US and China Olympic water polo teams.


Zauberer-IMDB

Tell me more about the world's smallest speedo that nearly took a life.


Worlds_Dumbest_Nerd

Well, it was a speedo in the sense of being made by Speedo, but, it was a full body suit. Swimmers often only wear them during the big swim meets and size down to avoid any bit of extra drag. I wasn't there for much of it, but I guess this poor girl had squeezed herself into this suit that was so tight she couldn't breath fully or get it off. I imagine that part of the thought process was "I paid $500 for this fuckin suit, damned if I'm not gonna wear it". We got her on oxygen and apparently it had to be cut off of her. I wasn't there for the latter bit.


pennynotrcutt

Dude I panic when I can’t get a sports bra off easily, I can’t imagine how that poor girl felt. Thank God you all were there!


CasuallyCompetitive

Technically, yes. Realistically, no. The coaches told us one time that if any of them needed CPR, he would do it and not us. It was a very easy shift...


Claim312ButAct847

I enjoyed it a lot in college. The pools I worked at were good about rotating so we'd be "up" for 15-20 minutes, then move to a new station, then down for 15-20 minutes. Research said that was the best way to not burn out your guards' attention. You get used to the heat pretty fast and you get to jump in the pool between rotations. I did have to make a few saves, this guy did a great job, that was a textbook active drowner. Notice how nobody else even saw it or reacted. Drowning doesn't look like the movies where they bob there going "HELP" for minutes on end. You get about 30 seconds to get them or they're in major trouble.


CommanderOfGregory

I'm a lifeguard, we rotate stands every 20 minutes with the rotation ending at the desk, then repeat. It is very boring and very tedious, you have to really concentrate on not letting your mind go blank and vision start to tunnel. But then once your shift is over you get patrons telling you thank you and they appreciate you and you feel this nice sense of satisfaction that you were there ensuring everyone's safety. It's a boring fun job


Ugly-bits

I loved it. But things were always happening at the water park I worked at. The wave pool and a few slides with deeper landings had frequent rescues. A couple of attractions with shallower water had several neck injuries. Plus, all the girls (I was in high school at the time) would just hand you their numbers, ruining my perspective on what dating as an adult would be like. Not to mention the parties financed by idiots who would try to keep their casino winnings in their swim suits rather than trust a locker.


BlackHawk218

I also lifeguarded at a water park as a teen. This is totally spot on. It always amazed me the amount of people that would get to the 3 foot deep catch pool at the bottom of a slide and would have to be saved because they couldn’t figure out that they just needed to stand up


thecrazedslayer

But it pays well trust me and I’m only 16


GodsAspirations

you're only saying it pays well because you are poor 16 year old.


Ieznoo

it pays well for a job that a teen would have


Fist0fGuthix

I lifeguarded for 7 years when I was younger. It paid minimum wage at the beginning and got up to $14 hourly but only because I became a manager.


spaghettihipsdontlie

Also you surprisingly have to tell many people that sex is in fact not allowed in the lazy river


Yayman9

“The pool is a family facility, not a family-making facility”


hoodyninja

Former guard here. At the big water parks you get regularly “challenged” meaning you have professionals (usually off-duty lifeguards/instructors) who will do exactly this. They simulate drowning and another instructor usually times the response and grades how you do. I don’t know the background here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what we are seeing here. The exaggerated flailing makes it pretty obvious for a guard and an instructor would probably tell those around them not to react. Also, guards that get assigned to these wave pools are the cream of their crop. If you pay attention when the waves come on, they will switch out for different (more senior) guards.


Lilac32silly

This was on the Red Cross digital part of the certification so yeah probably a recorded test


hoodyninja

Makes sense. Most of my true saves they never thrashed like that. They just kinda doggie paddled for a sec and then slowly submerge….


85percentcertain

That float transfer maneuver was smooth!


iknowwhereyoupoop

My friend lost her 14 year old daughter this summer in Lake Michigan. Water is no joke. Learn to float!!!!


gariant

I'm so sorry for her loss.


iknowwhereyoupoop

Thank you. Her heart went to someone who will get to live on. Insurance is fighting them on paying for the bills currently. Literally breaks my heart because the go fund me didn’t even make half of what they are trying to cover.


Working_Class_Pride

Lily Limbert? Such a tragic story. She fought so hard.


mrchiko1990

how no one sees that boy drowning tf this video kind of pissed me off


kingura

I almost drowned in a public pond as a small child. I think I was 4 or 5. There were other kids there, splashing around. I’d been splashing before I slipped off my ring floaty. There were adults too. I didn’t make a sound, other than splashing. My mother saved me, after being shouted at, but she asked why I didn’t scream. I told her I didn’t wanna open my mouth because she’d told me to hold my breath underwater. I knew she’d save me and I thought the bubbles looked sort of pretty. I also remember trying to remember what I’d been taught so far. Made me bob up and down. (She’d been teaching me to swim at that point.) She sobbed so hard I felt really bad. I remember that she was sitting very close within a few feet, reading, but she thought I’d make a sound or float. Never thought I’d just slip off and be silent. I remember her asking me if I wanted to get ice cream. She never took me back to that pond.


meenzu

Man I didn’t see the kid drowning until the lifeguard did their thing


upwards2013

Ah jesus. I got caught in a rip tide the first time I was ever at the beach. I was from the Midwest and could barely swim. My brother-in-law who's a big Army guy, came out and got me. Otherwise, yah, I woulda died at Myrtle Beach as a freshman in high school.


Rik775

Yea they're scary, luckily I'm a strong enough swimmer and got my self out, but I looked back and only saw my friends hands up so I went back and tried pulling him in and then the life guard like an absolute Chad grabbed my friend and I swam in


flightwatcher45

Textbook. Well done. Don't ever expect a kid to notice or help. Most of us watching this would have missed it had we not known what to expect. To be fair most that drown don't even flail that much.


aceforest

Yes indeed, kudos to this lifeguard. Most of the time when people drown they can’t cry for help at all, and lifeguards are trained to spot these.


ablablababla

Especially in a pool this crowded I imagine it's quite difficult


BovineLightning

Former lifeguard here - the toughest part is staying focused for hours on end. You’ll often be on shift for around 4-5 hours. There are breaks but it’s very hard making sure you’re constantly watching everyone. We all had different tricks - my favourite was to count the heads of patrons. Made sure you had seen every person at least once every 30 seconds


deadlyturtle22

I miss being a lifeguard so much. I loved that job. I ended up becoming a headguard/aquatic manager after a couple years of being a normal guard, but man it just doesn't pay enough... You ever wish you could go back? Lol


BovineLightning

I miss certain aspects. I did small community pools and I definitely loved feeling like a roll model for the kids. I also got paid very well and loved most of my coworkers. Will never miss early morning swimming lessons, aggressive parents and teaching aqua fit


Fishy_125

High stacks Wheres Waldo


bigjoffer

Yeah I read in a LPT post not too long ago that a drawing kid is likely to not scream and even move that much. Here the signs were more "obvious" than I thought. Happy it ended well.


Obsessed_With_Corgis

Well, yeah. It would be super hard to draw while screaming and moving around a bunch. (Sorry, I’ll see myself out.)


EarthAngelGirl

I was at a wave pool when a kid was 'quietly' drowning. Lifeguard jumped in with sneakers on to rescue her, parents shrugged it off like everything was OK and lifeguard overreacted. I watched her like a hawk for the next hour, she kept slipping under then bouncing off the bottom to get her head back up. I really felt bad for the kid, parents wouldn't see it.


jollyreaper2112

I was always the weird kid and was in a lazy river and I liked to float face down and drift with the current, just poking my head up for air every minute or two like a turtle. And of course that exactly looks like a dead body floating. Wasn't trying to fuck with the lifeguard but that's exactly the sort of "see here, you little shit" behavior kids get up to. He yanked me up and was not happy.


AstridDragon

Did you know some turtles can breathe through their cloaca(anus+urethra combo) in water?


BearItChooChoo

So if I’m drowning and spot a turtle I can just suck it’s ass/vag for air? Got it.


Beingabummer

Screaming/yelling requires oxygen and that's the one thing they don't have. Any moment with their head out of the water they're using to try and breathe.


SoUtgottabe

Yeah I did not know that, however several years ago I took my kids to the pool and my youngest could not swim at the time. He was playing outside of the pool and I looked away for a bit then looked back and he was gone. Saw him just standing in the middle of the pool, water a foot over his head. He was just standing still not flailing at all like I would have expected from someone drowning. He’s all good but that was one of the scariest split seconds of my life.


amlight

When I was 3 years old I almost drowned. I got really excited about swimming and just jumped right into the deep end. I very clearly remember just sinking straight to the bottom. I had my eyes open too. I can’t remember what was going through my mind but it definitely made me terrified of the water after that.


matyles

I almost drowned when I was 2. No memory of it but my oldest sister noticed my floaty was empty and found me on the bottom of the lake. Also once almost drowned during a life guard recertification after I jumped in and hit a cold layer on the lake bottom and then went into shock and wasn't able to breathe or move. I passed out before someone noticed. Then I slept for 24 hours straight. Probably should have seen a doctor. I have many dreams of water trying to kill me


ifididntyesidid

omg same! I was about 2/3 and remember sinking down with my eyes open and seeing people at the top freaking out and my dad jumped in. I remember thinking “why are they all freaking out? I’m just in the pool”


_throwaway_4_u

[My wife had a friend that had her son drown while attending a school function. No adult in that whole situation helped or performed cpr.](https://abc7.com/murrieta-teen-drowning-alex-pierce-death-high-school-pool-vista/2360625/) Edit: lawsuit [mother was awarded 11 million from the school district for wrongful death](https://www.pe.com/murrieta-valley-unified-pays-11-million-settlement-and-apologizes-for-boys-drowning) Edit 2: [lifeguard Keith Good claims he wasn't on the clock, so he couldn't save a little boy](https://www.psblaw.com/2018/04/lifeguard-instructor-claims-not-on-the-clock-blames-students-for-drowning-death-of-alex-pierce/)


Astrosherpa

Jesus, that's horrible.


odyne9

Wow I feel so bad for those kids who found him, they’ll live with that for the rest of their lives. Can’t believe no adults tried to help.


restlesslegs21

When I was 11 our family went to the public pool. We lost sight of our 4 year old brother. I found him in the deeper end floating just below the surface. He was revived but put in a coma to relieve swelling to the brain. It was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life.


Beingabummer

Water is fucking scary. People constantly underestimate it. People getting into a pool without knowing how to swim baffle me. If it's a kid, I can't imagine their parents taking them anywhere close. At least teach them how to tread water or something.


MarcLloydz

Why were they carrying him around the pool in circles?


funtsunami

Those lifeguards are shit. I was taught to anticipate things like this. To watch people's swimming ability and actions ahead of time. Especially with children. My instructor told me that almost all emergencies could be prevented by paying attention and enforcing the rules. If someone looks like they're having a hard time then ask them. The kid in the video didn't seem to have a swim buddy or anyone who looked after him at all.


_Sausage_fingers

From reading the article it sounds like the “lifeguards” were just students who were “trained” by an incompetent shit heel who claims he didn’t intervene because his insurance wouldn’t cover him.


michaelcmills

What was the deal with people walking the kid around the inside of the pool? Was it the kids who found the boy walking him around the pool? It looks like everyone else got out of the pool at that time, so adults/lifeguards must have noticed something was going on then? I'm shocked by that response once he was found.


CommanderOfGregory

That is why we are taught to scan a specific pattern, watching the surface, middle, and bottom. We have a set zone we watch and must cover it within ten seconds


taketheknowledgetest

If you are an Ellis lifeguard, yeah. 10 20s hurt your neck lol.


ShitheadFailure

It's kinda hard to miss it when it's happening right next to you. Some of those folks were really just ignoring the poor fella.


Lunavixen15

Not ignoring, it's just that a lot of people don't know what drowning really looks like, it's not like in movies where there is a lot of screaming and flailing, drowning is often silent, you just kind of, go under. This kid was more an exception than the rule, the people near him may not have recognised that he was in trouble.


NeilDeCrash

https://youtu.be/33I1kSDnWTY (NSFW if you are faint-hearted) It can be actually really, really hard to spot a drowning person. I bet not many here would notice the kid drowning when hes still moving. Kids will play they are drowning, they will dive around with their swimming glasses, drowning kids will look like they are playing by doing hoops (did you notice the kid was drowning in this part of the video, he was under water for long here already), they will not yell and in todays society we are not used to check for others well being. This incident had a huge backlash and media coverage here in Finland how no one, absolutely no one noticed this. It's fucking insane. The kid miraculously survived this, only reason i will post it. But it is hard to watch even if you know he survives. Mom was convicted for 10 months for leaving the kid unattended while she went to sauna.


manzanarepublic

God, that was horrifying to watch. All those adults looking at the kid, watching for seconds, right next to him, and doing nothing. Even moving away. It takes nothing to give an arm to a kid, and ask, “you ok?” The fear of touching other children has taken an awful toll on the “village” effect. I can’t believe it took so long for that person who finally grabbed him to realize something was wrong. Basically reacted when a completely inert child floated **into** him.


NeilDeCrash

True, i know i will check on a kid in the future if i see them screwing around just to be sure. Could save a life.


Fettnaepfchen

I won't lie, I cried, And then again when I read they survived. This was horrible to watch, inacceptable. I teach first aid and tell my students to watch out for those swimmers who don't talk, don't come up with ease, just seem to bob up and down in place without getting anywhere, who seem distressed, and rather ask if they need assistance than assume they're fine. Especially with kids. Drowning people don't scream for help. They need all the air to breathe. Often they don't flail. I find pools exhausting, because I always watch my kids, but this is exactly why.


crunchydogmom

Oh my god. How did so many people (adults) pass this child after he had stopped moving and still didn’t even check? That was so painful to watch and it just kept going


NeilDeCrash

I think most of them think he is just screwing around, I know i tried to hold my breath while under water and floated around when i was a kid, some might just straight up miss him as we know who to follow and no reflection from the water. It's still maddening to watch.


PandaXXL

The thing is we're all watching this video through the context of knowing that this kid is drowning. For "most" people, they would be concentrating on themselves or their own children and might notice this child splashing around wildly and assume he's messing around. Or glance around and see him below the surface and assume the same. There are still a couple of points in this video that are very hard to watch where he's right next to someone who ignores him and swims away. Also hard to imagine someone floating around lifelessly for so long before anyone notices, he had to basically float directly into someone for that to happen at all. Where was the lifeguard though?


NullPoint3r

It worked and the lifeguard deserves a ton of credit for even spotting the victim but not sure it was 100% textbook. Granted, its been a long time since i was a life guard but in my training we were taught to approach from behind the victim to reduce the chance of them grabbing you and creating two victims.


SockLing13

I literally slipped through my floaties straight to the bottom of the pool when I was six. No flailing at all. I was extremely lucky my mum was right there and I was somehow a smart enough child to realize I could walk along the bottom and tug on her arm. She was smart enough to pull up instead of freaking out. Lifeguard also totally missed me just disappearing into the water, so I would have been screwed. Aaaaand yes, I have a massive fear of water to this day and know just enough swimming skill for that not to happen again. Tldr: I almost drowned as a child, there was no flailing.


blindnarcissus

I really hate that they don’t depict drowning properly in movies and tv. This, would not look like growing to majority of people who could swear they know what drowning looks like.


Wermhat69420

Damn how u gonna take ur kid that cant swim to a fucking waterpark???????? Wtf???


richielaw

As a former lifeguard; this happens all the time. See the floatation devices? People think that the kid will just hang on to that and be okay. People are dumb. Parents are dumb. And if they're not dumb, they can still make monstrous errors.


Wermhat69420

I cant imagine being that dumb! I should expect it.


richielaw

You know how we have average intelligence? 50% of people are dumber than that.


Wermhat69420

I dont think its that high of an average either…..uh oh.


SumoGerbil

I always bring this up when I see that analogy… Some dude tried to claim I was incorrect that 50% of people are dumber than average and he proceeded to draw a bell curve to prove me wrong………


richielaw

Lol! I know it isn't a 100% correct as average isn't the median and all that, but the point is the same.


SumoGerbil

With a sample size of 7 billion I think it is safe to say it is 100% accurate.


Square_Company_675

Well they were dumb/lazy enough to not bother teaching their kid the pretty significant life skill, how to swim, so their judgement is already known to be pretty poor.


Ex-CultMember

You never know what’s actually happening. She might be able to swim but may have got one of those nasty, painful cramps and struggled to stay afloat because of it. I’m a really good swim but one time jumped into a cold pool after a long day playing a basketball tournament and both my feet and legs completely cramped up. It was incredibly painful and I could barely move my legs.


ShadyScientician

Looks like a wave pool. These things are quite famous for causing newer swimmers to start the drowning process because they're unusually difficult to swim in. She probably can swim just fine in a pool or at a calm beach, but a wave pool often has 5 foot waves as well as being overly crowded (if a plastic floaty wanders over someone, they can panic which causes them to start drowning).


CyanTheory

This right here. I remember going to six flags on a middle school school field trip once. I was confident in my swimming as my older sister taught me and she was in swim competitions during her time in high school. I was not prepared for a wave pool. I almost drown because i couldn't keep my head above water to breath, but luckily I was able to hang on to a older woman who realized what was happening and carried me out of the pool. Had it not been for that lady, i have no idea what would've happened to me.


bladel

Exactly. I'm a decent swimmer, but the closest I've ever come to drowning was in a wave pool when I was 14 or so. It was super crowded, and a mix of folks with and without rafts. A set of waves pushed me under a block of rafts and I couldn't find a gap to the surface. There were lots of adults, so my skinny teen self couldn't flip anybody out or touch bottom. Finally found a gap, but it was extremely scary


Ugly-bits

I had an entire family come down a slide with a 15’ deep landing pool need rescuing. The first kid came down, I had to blow the whistle and jump in. The next kid, same thing. The third kid, I jumped in again. I asked them, “how many more are with you?” “Just my mom, dad and auntie”. “Can they swim?” “Yes, for sure!” So I climb back out. Sure as shit, the mom couldn’t swim either. So I just stayed in the pool for the other two. And yes, both needed rescue.


bl1y

That's as horrifying as it is hilarious. It's a moment where if you saw it on a sitcom you'd criticize it for being unrealistic.


Naginoka

I'm sorry, I acknowledge this is a potentially very dangerous situation but I cannot help but laugh at the sheer magnitude of stupidity. I'm in disbelief


jurassicworldsucked

Thinking about the guy at the top of the slide being told later he sent a family to their collective deaths 💀💀💀 "Really?!? All 6?? None of them made it?" *Boss shakes head, puts hand on his shoulder* "How bout you take tomorrow off"


pm_ur_whispering_I

Jesus Christ, might have been better to let them drown.


MoreGaghPlease

I used to teach parent-and-tot swim, which is for 6 months to 2 years. The number of parents who'd show up fully dressed and without packing a bathing suit is truly astonishing. Like expecting that the 16-year old me was going to get in the water with 10 babies and be fine.


Blu3Razr1

My friend works as a lifeguard. At his pool one day, a little boy and his father showed up. The boy gets in after a while and starts drowning because he didn’t know how to swim. Why his father let him in the pool is beyond me. Anyways, his father jumps into save him, but low and behold, the father can’t swim either. My friend had to save both of them. Who goes to a pool with their son when neither can swim? And why jump in to save your son when you can’t swim either instead of telling a lifeguard?


-Daetrax-

They gotta learn somehow.


Daisy0974

A family friend of mine was taught to swim by her dad taking them out on their boat, throwing them in the water, and making them swim back to the boat. They weren’t allowed to wear life jackets or floaties. You literally swam or you didn’t get in. Well… I guess unless he threw you in.


Beingabummer

That's not teaching how to swim, that's child abuse.


twinklestein

That’s horrific and abusive


tylerpestell

I took my 3.5 yo daughter to the waterpark this summer but I was within arms reach and watched her like a hawk the entire time even in the “kiddy pool” area. I also almost drowned when I was around 5 at a hotel pool… went too far into the deep end and was grabbing at some kids feet that were sitting at the edge. They thought I was just messing with them, thankfully my mom saw and pulled me out in time.


Needmoresnakes

In Australia we have a tv show that is almost entirely tourists who can't swim just wading into the Pacific Ocean then getting dragged out by a very tanned man. It's called Bondi rescue.


AussieSpoon

You just forget someone has not tested kids swimming skills. Primary school made us swim in pyjamas. Kids who struggled were given special tutors. Panic was the big problem that usually was overcome.


ddt70

I had to swim in my pyjamas too....definitely a thing for kids in the UK back in the day.....then we had to take them off and wave them around our heads in order to attract the imaginary helicopter looking for us..... And no, I've never ever had to rely on that skill........ Edit: thank you for the award.


YouSnowFlake

They made us take our pants off while in the water and make a life jacket out of them. it was hella awesome because it worked. I used to day dream about doing that for real someday. Now it’s more of a nightmare where my soaked pants just get stuck onto my fat legs and the restricted movements now slowly drag me under.


FogInTheDog

I'll bite. How do you make a life jacket out of pants?


YouSnowFlake

Lol. Knot the legs together. Hold the waist with both hands. Slam the waist in a big arc from behind your head onto the water surface in front of you and cinch it. You basically fill the pants with air. You can then put your head between the legs with the feet behind your neck all while holding the waist closed with 1 hand or a belt. Repeat to refill as necessary. It really does work with jeans best. And they must be wet.


FogInTheDog

Hahahaha because the comment above you was about the UK, I assumed by 'pants' you meant underwear! This is way less entertaining than I expected.


Illustrious_Guard_61

You would think how often certain parts of america experience floods we would teach kids this over what to do in quicksand or a tornado (Which is important but no one listens to once they experience their second or third tornado.)


RVeld

Pyjama’s? We had to swim fully clothed, shoes and coat and all. Let me tell you, the first time you get in the water fully clothed, you instantly get a whole new respect for the danger some water can form.


AussieSpoon

High school for us. And that was fully clothed and basically undressing whilst taking measured breaths. Still frightening.


[deleted]

Omg I feel like I should go swim in my pool fully dressed to learn how to do it. I don’t think I’m that strong of a swimmer


Marsbarszs

I only just realized I actually kinda know how to swim. And like just barely… the thought of having to swim in fully clothed is terrifying to me now haha


fatinternetcat

As a kid, my dad used to always tell me that he had to fetch a brick from the bottom of a pool, fully clothed, in order to pass his school's swimming lessons. Looking back, I don't know if that was complete bullshit or if it was just the 70s.


painthawg_goose

A bit in awe by the hip flip move the lifeguard uses to transfer the float from under themselves to under the kid. Hands free because he was using his hands to support the kid. Maybe nothing big, but it looks smooth as hell.


oSwifty

This is a basic save they teach you in lifeguard training. (Source: I got lifeguard training three times for my summer job) Basically you just reach under their arms and pull upward, and the tube goes under. It’s designed to be smooth because every second counts when you’re saving someone in the water. Great technique by the responding lifeguard.


richielaw

good catch; that was indeed super smooth.


schmiggen

That's an explicit part of the training too. It's for the lifeguard's own safety as well as to quickly stabilize the kids, because a drowning person is panicking and will grab onto anything they find, and could drag you both under.


twinklestein

And if they grab you, then you’ve got to get them to release so you can circle around and attempt the rescue again


NateJizz21

I’m not sure about other lifeguards, but in my lifeguard training class they thought us how to do that because it’s easier and more effective then trying to use our hands to get the tube under them


spinalcracker92

Maybe learn to swim before you go to a water park...


rawwwse

Holy fucking downvotes. If I could upvote this *X100* I would… As a former lifeguard, and current paramedic, fuck you if you’re dumb enough to let your kid risk their life like this. I can’t wrap my head around how anyone would be cool with this ¯\\\_(ツ)_/¯


billyyshears

I think the downvotes might be because it sounds like they’re placing the blame on the kid when obviously they have no say in whether they learn to swim or go to a water park


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goldenthrone

Apparently parents who can swim are more likely to enroll their own kids in lessons. Go back a few generations, and many Black people didn't have access; heck, at one point, they weren't allowed in public pools.


Grand-Lizard

um bro there is a reason why black kids cant swim its rooted in a long history of racism. they werent allowed in public pools and when they were desegregated alot of local pools just shut down instead. leading to most people in cities not being able to swim. because all the pools became private


guynamedjames

I used to be a lifeguard at a waterpark, I probably have ~50 saves. All but like 4 of them were on our 10' pool where you'd drop in off a slide or rope swing. The other lifeguard at the top would ask everyone "can you swim?" Before they'd go on. So when I had to pull them out, I'd ask why they said they could swim. I'd get: "I can, but only in 3 ft." "I don't know" "If I said no they wouldn't let me go on" "No hablo ingles" (or a similar variation) "I can" (ignoring the fact that I was dragging them to the side) My favorite person I pulled out, then they immediately wanted to go back on. When I told them no they argued "but you can pull me out again!". Some people really try hard to win Darwin awards, but very few members of the non swimming public recognize how dangerous it is to recreate around water when you can't swim.


gthirteen_13

what the fuck were the other kids doing, like damn help this little person! Edit: hey everyone, I get it, not everyone or anyone could have done anything. I just expected one of them to be a hero, And of course there is a hero, the lifeguard!


rodsteel2005

Drowning doesn’t look like people imagine it does. The victim can’t cry for help, or act like they do in movies. That’s why lifeguards have to be specially trained to spot people in distress.


TranscendPredictions

The way drowning looks in a movie… …is pretty much the opposite of real life. I wish more movies depicted accurate drownings so more folks know: no one drowning yells help. They cannot yell. The tell tale sign is arms reaching overhead exactly like this, desperate to pull up. Unfortunately the tragic irony of drowning is, body loses some buoyancy once taking water in, and that’s the most dangerous part because while gasping for air and barely able to get above the surface, you’re more likely to take even more water in. The more frightened and desperate to get up that you become, the faster you are drowning. Even worse irony, to the people outside you, it can look like you’re playing or trying to touch the bottom of the pool because you’re sinking and jumping, instead of the true message: this person needs help up and OUT of the water. And FAST. One minute can send you to the hospital. Three minutes, you could be beyond saving. Thank God for lifeguards. It’s not an easy job nor a simple on.


jenny4life

And they hire mostly kids. Thank you to all who take it seriously.


pizzamonkey00

Yeah, I honestly have no idea why it's seen as such a "first job" type deal. Obviously pays better than McDonald's but like, shit dude that work is mega important, if the teens can do it great but don't only hire kids because it's cheaper


Lemgirl

This! Totally agree. And a crowded pool is frightening for this reason if your not dillengently watching the swimmers the entire time.


Lemgirl

You’d be suorised how unnoticeable it is, it’s shocking. I watch my kids like a hawk and when one of mine was around 3, she fell in a pool surrounded by sober adults and they didn’t notice. I did, from across the yard because I wouldn’t take my eyes off her. It was the longest 30 foot run in my life. Luckily did not end tragically. I now have a pool and it is nerve wracking when a lot of people are around. I play lifeguard intensely because I recall my now 28 year old falling in as a child. Kudos to the lifeguard for doing this job well.


billyyshears

I’ve read that swimming with a lot of adults is specifically when children drown. Everyone gets comfortable assuming that someone else is watching the kids. We’ve made a habit of being very clear who is responsible for the kids. When you need to take a break, you gotta look the next “watcher” in the eyes and have them give you verbal confirmation that the responsibility is on them now. Drowning is the leading cause of death for 1 & 2 year olds :(


ShadyScientician

Were you not trained to never touch a drowning person unless you're confident you have the strength to pull them ashore? That's like, water safety 101, if you're not a physically fit grown lifeguard, throw them something to hold onto instead of going in after them


Footaxion

The one girl in the pink is just watching. Kind of like the little girl in front of the burning house meme


1Gutherie

To be fair to the girl in pink. She was spinning around and didn’t notice until just before the lifeguard jumped in; it looked like she was ready to push herself out of the floatie and possibly help…maybe?


JohnnyCash69420

Real tragedy is where are her parents??? Wouldn’t take my eyes off for a second. And she was struggling a good bit before he got to her. Terrible parenting! Thank god the life guard is trained properly.


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That kid was trying his absolute best to save himself too, kept using his arms and tilting his neck to get his mouth above the surface. For not being able to swim well I think he did a fantastic job of helping himself as best he could.


272314

Valiant effort but if you're ever struggling in the water don't do this, you're supposed to flip on your back and float with your arms and legs in a star shape. "Float to live" [https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2019/july/11/rnlis-float-to-live-advice-saves-mans-life-on-the-thames](https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2019/july/11/rnlis-float-to-live-advice-saves-mans-life-on-the-thames) >The ‘Float to Live’ advice is a key message in the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water. It urges people to follow this potentially lifesaving advice if they find themselves in trouble after falling into cold water: > > > >Fight your instinct to swim hard or thrash about – this can lead to breathing in water and drowning > > > >Instead, relax and FLOAT on your back, until you have regained control of your breathing


Nice_Firm_Handsnake

Cold water can be different. Many of the people that have died falling into the Colorado River die from sudden heart conditions from the shock of the cold water in a hot climate.


jovialgirl

This is so true. I am a strong swimmer but I fell into the CO river while tubing in early spring and the cold water was so shocking all I could do was gasp and I might have drowned if my husband didn’t grab me. I never realized how disabling cold water can be until that happened.


Vetzki_

That's a girl btw


bear4bunny

There's a website with videos from all over to see if you can spot the drowning child. Lifeguards are amazing when you realise just how hard it is. http://spotthedrowningchild.com/


RunMelba

Not sure I’m up for that. This video gave me another gray hair and this isn’t even my kid.


hunchxpunch

It's a good site about learning signs and prevention. In all cases the lifeguards react.


One-Two-Woop-Woop

These are all from the same goddamn pool... Is it cursed or are there actually this many close calls in pools???


Riommar

All the teen age lifeguards at my local pool do is play grab ass and look at their phones.


Ieznoo

that’s shitty management, we’re not supposed to have our phones on us at all when we’re on watch, not even supposed to look right at someone when they’re talking to us


matte_5

Same, our phones have to stay in the guard room


da_waffles

Amusement park lifegaurds vs pooo


hamoudidoodi

Pretty sure it’s against regulations to even have a cell phone on you. We were never allowed and there were constant audits


kewkkid

Did anyone make the black people cant swim joke yet?


Luciolover345

I sorted by controversial to see how racist it would get, seems like the degens aren’t here yet but I wouldn’t say they are too far away.


wafflesareforever

Former lifeguard here. It's not really a joke among lifeguards; you learn to keep an eye on black kids swimming because this kind of shit happens so frequently. I lived in a mostly white community, but nearly every time I had to jump in and rescue someone, it was a black kid. My theory back then was that they just genetically tend to have less body fat, so they don't have that little extra bit of buoyancy that other kids have.


KerbalSpaceExplorer

Someone else pointed out elsewhere in the thread that A: Parents who can swim are more likely to teach their children to swim, and B: Many black people today have grandparents who would not have been allowed to swim in public pools due to segregation, ergo; Black people didn't learn to swim due to segregation, and thus today are less likely to teach their kids to swim, propagating the issue.


theoptionexplicit

There's another reason. Black people often have hair treatments that can get wrecked by submerging in water. They're expensive and take a lot of maintenance. Black women especially, are discouraged from swimming from an early age because of this.


KerbalSpaceExplorer

Really fascinating point, thanks for the addition. Blackness really impacts peoples' lives in lots of imperceptible ways you wouldn't even think about.


Yayman9

Same here man. It’s not racist or anything, just a thing you learn from experience. I think it’s more that historically black people have had less access to pools and therefore haven’t passed those skills on to their kids as the cause.


firelock_ny

[Black children drown at a rate more than three times that of white children](https://abcnews.go.com/WN/drowing-rate-black-kids-times-whites/story?id=10965334)


cooly1234

They weren't allowed in pools for a while. A parent who knows nothing about swimming is less likely to put their kid in lessons.


cheesygrundit

I was waiting for that


Daftdaddy

*lifeguard does his job* “next level”


Greenheader

They'll hate you but you're right.


yougotyolks

I'm gonna record myself doing my job and post it on here for all of the karmas


workgymworkgym

Maybe teach your kids how to swim before letting them go into a pool.


angryclam1313

This looks like a Hurricane Harbour. The life guards scan the pool, up and down, in segments. Very obvious head bobs. Always felt safe with my kids went there.


Ieznoo

This is how every Red Cross certified lifeguard is supposed to scan, top middle bottom side to side in our entire zone and a little into the others just in case another guard isn’t catching something


RiverDonkeey

Holy hell. Kudos to the lifeguard. I’ve had a friend drown and to this day I still watch my daughter like a hawk. She’s even had swimming lessons and all but you can never be to careful around water!


jester4206969

Bruh why fools getting into a pool when they can’t swim


Sovereign_007

That’s why my son never enters the water without 1 of us parents with or watching him like a hawk. Mad respect to the lifeguard!


47757689

Why would you let your kid do that if they can’t swim :/


Soles4G

Imagine drowning and someone less than a foot away from you completely ignores you.


JackTheBehemothKillr

Fourth grade, we were at the beach for a field trip cause Florida, all the kids went swimming. Water was fairly shallow up until about 20-30 yards out, then there was a fairly sharp drop off. Sharp enough that when this one girl stepped off she started to thrash around and got to grabbing other kids to keep from drowning herself. My Dad was one of the only parents actually watching and I'm sure that the reason he saw was because she was like three kids down from me and had latched onto one of my friends and was dragging him down with her. He sprints into the water and drags the two of them out, ruining everything in his pockets (he damn sure wasn't planning on swimming) Girls worthless fucking parents were 100 yards up the beach looking at shells, didn't even thank him afterwards. Long story short, I don't fucking get how parents let their kids into the water knowing they can't fucking swim.


ZazzooGaming

Just so everyone knows this is a online game that everyone can play! Your supposed to try and spot the drowning person before the lifeguard does http://spotthedrowningchild.com Its incredibly hard and lifeguards deserve more pay and respect


Gadget99

As a lifeguard instructor this was well executed and very timely, especially in a wave pool. He passes.