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By Tracey Horne Scadden


August 20, 2012
Monday PM

I read with interest MS.Teal's concern regarding too many lifeguards. When I lifeguarded back in the early 70's I couldn't tell you how many guards we had. But living here in Utah I counted the other day at a outdoor pool about the same size as your new one, they had at least 7 that I could visualize, there might have been more.

Many times in my lifeguarding days those float arm bands would go flat and down the child would go. I never liked those things and still don't. Teach your children how to hold their breath so they don't panic when those go flat. Lifeguarding is a serious job and not all parents like you Ms.Teal keep their eyes on their children. It was our job and responsibility to make sure the children had a fun and safe place to play and swim. So if it takes several to man this awesome new pool you have so be it. The children will be safe and that is what matters.

Tracey Horne Scadden
Roy, UT

Received August 14, 2012 - Published August 20, 2012



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