Saturday, September 18, 2010

What Would You Have Done???

Yesterday I went swimming at my gym but the usual lifeguard was not there, instead there was a sub who was..SLEEPING?!?!?!? I swam in the pool for at least 15 minutes before he noticed I was there! There were about 6 other people swimming as well, including 3 old ladies using pool noodles (gotta love "lap swim" at my gym...NOT).  The lifeguard had his hood up tied tight around his face and was completely bent over, head-in-lap sleeping. Every breath I took on his side I'd check to see if he was awake but NOPE. I was getting really annoyed. Obviously I feel safe swimming without a lifeguard but it's the "what-ifs" that were scary and bothersome to me. What if one of those old ladies needed help?  What if 2 swimmers collided? (BTW, that happened to me there once, a girl just entered my lane and swam right at me! OUCH) What if a kid wandered into the pool area from the connecting locker rooms? I'm sure a splash would wake him, but would it? He didn't hear me enter the pool...
Eventually he did wake up and then he got out of his chair and walked around the pool, (making a conscious effort to stay awake, good choice). I was still really peeved and in the end I told the front desk the lifeguard had been sleeping. They were pissed and one guy took off running to the pool...not sure I'll ever see that lifeguard at my gym again and I'm okay with that!!!!

What would you have done??

20 comments:

Zaneta said...

I would have done the same thing! That is just wrong! :(

Silly Girl Running said...

Can't believe that that guy was sleeping! I would have done the exact same thing!

marathonmaiden said...

that is weird and so wrong! (the lifeguard not you). i totally would have done the same thing

Jennifer said...

Would have done the same thing. Maybe would have thrown a a pull buoy at him or something to get him awake but still would report to the front desk. That is crazy!

The Turtle said...

I would have let the gym know too. As someone who doesn't swim that well, I would prefer to have a lifeguard who is doing what he/she is paid for.

misszippy said...

You absolutely did the right thing! That's crazy! I don't wish anyone the loss of a job, but clearly, lifeguarding isn't his gig!

Kathleen said...

I am with you. I would have told the powers that be also.

Marlene said...

You know, there are some things that are just not excuseable. You did the right thing!

Jill said...

I totally would have done what you did! Wonder what he would have done if you yelled that somone was drowing? Hmmm....

Katie A. said...

That is horrid! I actually would have gone in after him not noticing me for so long. My sister is a head lifeguard at the Y and they take it very seriously. There are a ton of rulls and regs they have to follow- NOT GOOD!

Amanda said...

I would have done the same thing you did - tell someone about it. That's a position where you need someone responsible and sleeping on the job is not responsible!

Rose said...

Beth, I would have wet him then told front office ha ha he aint getting paid to sleep!

Johann said...

You did the right thing and I would have done the same. Lifeguards are there for a reason and certainly not to sleep.

Meg said...

I would have told too, that's so scary!

Mark said...

As a college professor, I use opportunities such as these to teach young people about the harsh realities of life. Later in life, work will not care if their mother is sick, their wife left them, they are sick, they went out and had too much to drink the night before.

In a lot of ways... it is just like Ironman. Ironman does not care if your father died, you have five kids, you couldn't do enough century rides.

You see how everything just goes back to triathlon? Funny, isn't it?

Running and living said...

I swim at the Y and in the summer they have an outdoor pool with 2 lap lanes. Several times I had kids jump in front of me, in my lanes while the lifeguards did not say anything. I think these are all bored teenagers looking for a buck. Sad and scary!

Jessica said...

As a former lifeguard, I never fell asleep on the job, but if you notice another lifeguard sleeping you honestly should of went up to him and told him to wake up instead of doing nothing while you were in the pool room and worrying about if something happened to you or one of the older ladies. You did make the right decision about telling the front desk people about his uncalled decision to fall asleep.

Bashtiah said...

Hi, I would have done the same thing too. I'm also a lifeguard by the way so I'd get really annoyed if my colleagues fell asleep on the job. Same thing if she's too busy on the phone while on duty.

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