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Lifeguards at Town Pools Do More Than Save Lives

Pound Ridge Recreation Department Supervisor David Goldberg has a quick and effective method of finding out if a lifeguard candidate will be a good hire."I hold a bathing suit, a whistle, a mop and a plunger and tell them, 'These are the tools of your trade.' You'd be surprised, once they find out they have to clean toilets too, how many people walk away," Goldberg said.The responsibilities of a lifeguard at the Pound Ridge Town Park's three swimming pools are responsible not just for saving lives and cleaning toilets, they have to keep everything in clean, working order."If it's a rainy or cloudy day and no one is at the pools, that's a time when they should be cleaning the pools," Goldberg said.The town is almost always looking for qualified lifeguards, and Goldberg said anyone who is qualified can apply. Candidates have to be at least 15 years old, be able to pass a swimming test that includes continuous swimming, different strokes, diving and retrieving objects.Although the lifeguards must attend a certification program before they are hired to work for the town, the training doesn't stop after that."We're blessed in that we don't have a lot of saves to do in our pools, but you don't get a lot of actual experience as a result," Goldberg said.To make up for this, he has another surefire method. "Sometimes I throw myself in and pretend to drown and they have to save me. That gets their attention," he said.

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