i ever said about our lifeguards being too busy reading their newspapers and drinking coffee to notice anyone getting into problems in the pool. only this tuesday i was ranting on after qi gong, saying i was planning to stage a drowning in case anyone noticed.
well, today, super-lifeguard jumped in, shoes and all, to rescue one of the non-swimmers from the learn-to-swim class. i’m very impressed. i missed the details, because it all happened behind me (which may mean i just swam past a potential drowning without noticing. eek.). all i saw was super-lifeguard looking alarmed, then her and semi-super-lifeguard breaking into a sprint, and super-lifeguard taking a running leap into the pool. she evidently lifted the non-swimmer up from below and got her to the side pdq. i have no idea what got this lady into difficulties—she was in the shallow end, for goodness sake, and right by the side anyway. i can only imagine that she was playing around with one of the long noodle floats and somehow … no, i don’t know. but i suppose it gets dodgy very fast as soon as all the non-swimming members of the learn-to-swim class start trying to life-save each other. i should point out that the learn-to-swim class hadn’t actually started. the bloke who evidently runs that was either finishing his last class (of 5-year-olds, cute!) or having a ciggie break.
actually, though, i don’t take back everything i ever said about the lifeguards being lazy slackers. super-lifeguard is the only one i’ve ever thought would ever manage anything useful. she’s the tidy athletic type, probably a lady’s lady, and today i learned she was a vegetarian (i like to listen into their conversations wherever possible). i don’t like to think what would have happened if either of the chubby ladies had been on duty. they are always far too busy chatting. or the bloke who seemed to be watching videos on his mobile last time. as it was, the third guard was eating his meatballs and chips in their little cabin when it happened. but maybe i’d be pleasantly surprised and impressed, who knows.
interestingly, i remember that when a lady had an asthma attack in sylvie’s pool they cleared the pool. today … everyone just went on swimming. alb didn’t even notice a thing, i had to tell him about it afterwards. maybe they have different levels of emergency. oh, and note that the lady who got rescued just carried on with her learn-to-swim lesson. that’s dedication for you. or maybe she’s just mad.
anyway, i am super-impressed by super-lifeguard and would like to give her a gold star.
1.6k today, making 23.6k total. yay. 3 years ago