Faces of Public Health: Lifeguards

Jun 1, 2012, 5:02 PM, Posted by

With the summer season just getting underway, among the most critical front-line public health workers in place right now, are lifeguards. The Washington Post recently wrote about the grueling but critical training young lifeguards undergo before they’re allowed to take climb to their posts at Ocean City, Md., a popular beach destination in the Washington region. One veteran lifeguard racked up seventeen rescues in a single day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a continually updated website on safe swimming in all types of water including pools, oceans and lakes. CDC also has related resources on preventing illness that can spread through recreational swimming and other water activities.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.