“I just did what any dad would do”
While on vacation with his family in South Haven South Beach on Lake Michigan, Ryan Galyen was watching his own children play in the water when a woman alerted him that two children in the deeper water appeared to be in danger. “I swam in high school and was a lifeguard, but it had been 18-plus years since I’d had any formal training,” Galyen notes. He immediately sent his own children over to their mom and swam to the struggling kids. A 13-year-old girl was doing her best to rescue her 10-year-old brother, but it was too much for her. “I took action out of instinct, because I hope that others would do the same for my children if they were ever in distress in the water,” Galyen says. “I was just doing what any dad would do.” Here are 42 things lifeguards desperately want you to know.
“I’m a seasoned lifeguard and I was scared”
Miriam Necastro of Youngstown, Ohio had thought it was going to be an easy day on the job as a lifegaurd at an apartment complex with only a mother and her two children who were regulars to watch. “The daughter, who was a good swimmer, was playing in the shallow end while her younger brother, who did not know how to swim, was standing on the edge of the pool.” Their mother turned her back momentarily to answer a call when the young boy slipped, falling into the pool, completely submerged by the water. “Even though it was only 3-feet deep, he didn’t have any swimming ability,” she recalls. Necastro sprang into action and got him safely out of the water. “I am a seasoned lifeguard and I was scared,” she says. “This just shows that it takes only a minute for an accident to occur!” Don’t miss these crucial water safety tips that lifeguards want parents to know.