Category Archives for "Story"

First meeting’s roll call

Thanks to everyone for attending! Sadly, we didn't get a group photo as there was plenty to talk about. 

First Name

Last Name

Role

Organization

Aaron


Workman

training service in aquatic in PA & NY

American Red Cross

Andrew


Grobe 

Assistant Deputy Director of Recreation

Allegheny County Parks

Cait

Waxler

Cell

American Red Cross

Jen

Wagner


Boy Scouts

Karen

Arnold

Athletics

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Kathryn 

Vargas

Director's office

Citiparks, City of Pittsburgh

Leah


Durand 

Teenspace

Carnegie Library, Oakland

Luke

Borowy

Aquatics Manager

Sandcastle Water Park

Marie

Harrison 

Cell

Partner4Work

Mark

Rauterkus

Exec. Director / Head Lifeguard / Coach

SKWIM USA & The Pittsburgh Project & The Ellis School

Michael


Jordan 

Lifeguard 

The Pittsburgh Project

Mona


Jordan Hawkins

Chief Operating Office

Kingsley Association

Rachelle

Quinn

Employment Center

Bloomfield Garfield Corp

Rev. Glenn

Grayson

Host

Center That Cares

Rick

Swartz

CEO of nonprofit

Bloomfield Garfield Corp

Rick

Flanagan

Co-organizer

Lifeguard Recruitment Initiative

Ron

Cashdollar

Operations

The Pittsburgh Project

Roxanne

Thomas

Cell

Mistick Construction Co.

Ryan

Eldridge

Director of the Physical Education department

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Savanah

Edmonds

Lifeguard

The Pittsburgh Project

Sean


Haupt 

Associate VP, Aquatics & Youth Sports

YMCA of Greater Pgh and also swim coach at Plum High School

Shannon


Vargesko

 HR Specialist

YMCA of Greater Pgh

Shelley 

Terlecki

Aquatics

Citiparks, City of Pittsburgh

Magic number is 60.

Citiparks has made some progress on its hiring needs and the lifeguard recruits are working on getting their certification. So, the needed number might be closer to 30 or 40 as of the uploading of this video, on May 17, 2019.

Meanwhile, The Pittsburgh Project, still needs lifeguards. Learn more and apply at https://www.pittsburghproject.org/jobs.

Why cities should support swim teams

Nice reasons, but there are two more that I’m always promoting.

ONE, we need lifeguards at the pools. When the swim teams dies / evaporate, then there are not enough kids who like to swim and know how to swim to become lifeguards. They don’t have fun at the pools and would rather mow grass or flip burgers and not work in aquatic settings.

TWO: We need to teach our kids how to play well with others. Get in the game, mix it up, compete, train, and battle with other friends in the pool. Sportsmanship, teamwork, PLAY matters. And, for all the athletes, getting in the water is cool in the summer. X-Country, basketball, football, LAX, Hockey, etc. We like to get the kids engaged at the pool and then mixing it up with others so that the pool is this safe, meeting ground where leadership, communication skills, quickness and more can be tested, tuned and challenged in a low-threat way, even among boys and girls and with older and younger players.

Story of living near a river in Wisconsin from The Moth

Water and Wisconsin

http://themoth.org/stories/escapades-on-the-wisconsin

Go to the other site, at The Moth, and hear a story called, “Escapades on the Wisconsin,” from story-teller, Kay Elmsley Weden about their life with her siblings and some youthful adventures on the Wisconsin River.

Lots of lessons to consider after hearing her story.

http://themoth.org/stories/escapades-on-the-wisconsin

Okay to leave a comment below concerning the water safety lessons.