Guards quick to react during training

LIFE GUARD TRAINING... Life guards Olivia Denton, Elijah Schuster and Brenna Godfread use the skills they have learned to save victim Morgan Olson during a mock drowning at the Wilson Aquatic Center on Wednesday, Aug.14.

photo by Heidi Hertensen/Valley News

Once a year the Wilson Aquatic Center holds a mock drowning to further help train their life guards that work at the pool during the summer. 

On Wed., August 7, a mock drowning scenario was coordinated with the victim being portrayed by Morgan Olson. The initial rescuer was Olivia Denton with assisting life guards Elijah Schuster and Brenna Godfread.

“The guards practice weekly their skills to do saves and head splint techniques,” said Gabby Sparks, Aquatic Director. “They practice to help avoid injury and further damage to an individual.” “The guards work hard to ensure that the public is safe and will be taken care of in the event that an accident takes place.”

The Shenandoah EMS came to the training and assisted and gave a mini lesson to the life guards on what other signs to look for once they are out of the water.

“We appreciate them helping us with this and as first responders we thank them for their service,” said Sparks. “We also really appreciate that they work with us consistently and help us to do work more effectively and efficiently.”

“We have had a good season and the life guards have done a nice job,” said Sparks.

The Wilson Aquatic Center is scheduled to close for the season on Tues., August 13. The pool hours until that date will remain 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

On Sat., August 17 the pool will once again hold the annual dog swim from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost will be $5 per dog with that money going to People for Paws. Owners must sign a release form and all dogs must be current on all shots and be on a leash. No puppies under the age of 6 months will be allowed.

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