Tan one perk of lifeguard job
Pool job site for some teens
She has the eyes of a hawk. With her whistle in her hand she won't let any troublemaker go unnoticed while she watches out for those in need.
Rachel Day, 19, is a lifeguard at the De Soto Family Aquatic Center this summer. This is her second week on the job, but she already has a dark brown tan that seems as if it took a whole summer to acquire.
Last summer, Day worked as a nanny before she went off to college at Kansas State University where she is a sophomore in marketing.
This year, Day only was needed to nanny part-time, so she decided to work as a lifeguard at the pool in order to earn some extra money to help pay for her college education.
"I love Manhattan, but I wanted to come back and live with my parents for free and save up my money instead of spending all of my money on rent in Manhattan," Day said.
Day along with her coworkers were required to complete a course that measured their physical capabilities and life-saving techniques before they could be hired on as a lifeguard. One task required Day to swim 20 yards, dive seven to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, swim 20 yards back and exit the pool without using a ladder or steps within one minute and 40 seconds.
"It was pretty intense, but I'm glad I did it," she said.
Day doesn't yet know if she will return as a lifeguard at the pool next year.
"Next summer I am studying abroad in Spain, so I don't know if after that I am coming back here or moving back to Manhattan," she said.
It's fun, but serious
De Soto High School junior Trey Klann is working for his second year as a lifeguard.
Klann works at the pool to pay for all of his bills including car insurance, car payments, cell phone and gas. Not to mention the cost of wooing his girlfriend.
He also is saving up some spending money for his trip to California next week.
Although he enjoys the perks of working on his tan and working with his friends, he knows there is a time to be serious. Last year, Klann assisted another guard when someone fell off the ladder to the diving board onto the concrete.
There have been no incidents for Klann so far this year, and he still hasn't had to make a save from the water.
In the meantime, Klann sits on his chair and keeps an eye out for swimmers while reminding children "No running!" with a tweet of his whistle.