For Osceola Beach head lifeguard, Alec Charriez, becoming a lifeguard just seemed like the best way to combine a hobby with work.
Charriez, who will enter his senior year at SUNY Geneseo in the fall, said having a job as a lifeguard just seemed natural.
I used to swim all the time on summer teams and stuff like that and it just seemed sort of felt natural because of my innate ability to swim, he said. Ive had quite a few lifeguarding jobs since then. Over the summer I always go to lifeguarding to make money.
After completing his lifeguarding courses through the Red Cross, which included the basics such as CPR and AED, he also completed a water fronting course needed to lifeguard at a beach.
His main responsibilities include maintaining the beach and its cleanliness, managing the schedules for the other lifeguards and maintenance of other activities such as watching the children who come down from the day camp to swim, and the boats that are available for rent.
Ever since he started swimming at a young age, Charriez said its been a hobby of his.
I started swimming around the age of six, in one of those entry-level beginner swimmer classes, and then I swam pretty much the rest of my life up until college, and I swam in college for two years, he said. The parents always have to make the initial push but after that it sort of just stuck.
When he isnt lifeguarding, or up at school, Charriez said he enjoys swimming with his two brothers, who are also swimmers and swim on their respective college swim teams.
Me and my brothers really got into swimming early on and weve been pretty good swimmers ever since, he said.
So far, Charriez said lifeguarding at the beach has given him the opportunities to combine his love for swimming with work, and a few other surprises.
I havent even been here that long, but just the other day they was a pony ride here, and me and the other guard had no idea where it came from and were sitting here just petting a pony, he said. It just seems like a lot of fun for everybody here, if I knew about it when I was younger, I definitely would have come here.
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