Today’s post is a deviation from the typical tirades of snarky sarcasm followers love. (Hell, I need an alliteration intervention.) Bear with me, the banter resumes next week along with a few delightful surprises.
I’m a mother. (A colorful profanity typically follows that statement.) Rightfully, I’ve developed protective instincts rivaling a mama lioness when it comes to the safety of my children, especially at sporting events. Much to the cubs’ embarrassment, the instinct extends to friends and teammates – even those on opposing squads.
Last Tuesday, my youngest son, Brendan competed in his first high school swim meet. Hmm, how shall I describe Big B? I suppose you could say his spunk offsets his size. (Here’s his story if you are interested.)
If you’ve attended a swim meet you know temps on the pool deck rival a volcano’s digestive tract; chaos and ear-splitting volume are the norm. An away-meet, Brendan’s lack of familiarity added stress, but he hit the water with a hearty inaugural SPLASH! Fab first time he finished strong, jumped out for his high-fives and then minutes later…
60 kids, 75 fans, 4 coaches and not one person saw him.
At the bottom of the pool.
A seasoned swimmer, lifeless, still.
Pulled from the water by a teammate, coaches revived the child before emergency transport rushed him to a nearby hospital but the question we all wanted answered – Where the hell was the lifeguard?
There was none.
My lioness craved blood.
In particular, the blood of the school board that deemed lifeguards non-essential at swim meets where coaches are certified in CPR and emergency first aid. Budget constraints, the ass-old excuse.
I’m not a politician, (thank Christ!) however, I possess common sense, and that sense tells me a coach cannot simultaneously manage, cheer and guard the water. For feedback, I’ll pose the question to all of you:
Do you believe CPR/First Aid certified coaches at high school level swim meets adequately ensure the safety of participants and eliminates the need for lifeguards?
Coaches, educators, especially lifeguards – I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please chime in. If you would rather remain anonymous, please email me at email@example.com.
Note: The boy is doing well. Shaken, but well. Please check out this link on Shallow Water Blackout and spread awareness! Thank you.
25lbs gone, burpees no longer make me cry. Progress!
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