Being a lifeguard is not as easy at it looks. It requires intense training and the job itself id very demanding. Lifeguards must be alert at all times and ready to tend to emergencies at a moment’s notice.
Some interesting facts about lifeguarding:
- Clara Barton, who heard about the International Red Cross movement while in Europe after the Civil war, founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881.
- In 1937 the Red Cross text for lifesavers, Life Saving and Water safety, was published, replacing a booklet, Life Saving Methods. The new text “an authoritative source of knowledge and information,” had no pictures of women rescuers.
- Men are four times more likely to drown than women.
If anyone says women can’t lifeguard, just respond by saying “Girls Can’t WHAT?” The lifeguard designs are available in the Girls Can’t WHAT? Shop.
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