Life as a lifeguard

Carter Haydu
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Happily, 19-year-old Moose Javian Aly Bell sits on the deck at Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. Times-Herald photo by Carter Haydu


Before she makes a big splash during her first semester as a business student at SIAST Palliser Campus this fall, 19-year-old Moose Javian Aly Bell is enjoying her summer working at Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool. She also works at the indoor pool in Kinsmen Sportsplex.

On Friday, the Times-Herald chatted with Bell about life as a lifeguard and what she enjoys about it:

Times-Herald: What do you do at the pool?

Bell: “I’m a lifeguard and swim instructor. So as an instructor, I teach swimming lessons to kids of all ages — and adults too.

“As a lifeguard, I prevent people from drowning in the pool and ensure the rules. I educate.”

Times-Herald: Have you ever had to save a life?

Bell: “I’ve never had to rescue someone, but I’ve been there when someone was rescued.

“I have had to deal with lots of cuts and bruises though.”

Times-Herald: Does it scare you that you might have to rescue someone?

Bell: “That scares me? No. I’m not scared, because when it happens, you know what to do.

“We practice all the time.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.


Organizations: Times-Herald, Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool

Geographic location: Kinsmen Sportsplex

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