HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Summer in Alabama can be a scorcher and many people rush to community pools to cool off.
Lifeguards are tasked with keeping the swimmers safe. When the pools are full of swimmers, Catherine Ahia, lifeguard at Mountain Springs pool, tells WAFF 48 News specific protocols are put in place to keep everyone safe.
“If there are a lot of people around, we usually have two guards up at one time just to check the more populated ares,” said Ahia.
Lifeguards typically spend there day out in the hot sun. Ahia says she makes sure to drink plenty of water in order to stay hydrated. "There’s usually an umbrella over us. I have a bottle that keeps things nice and cold, so I put plenty of water in it and Gatorade for electrolytes."
Freddie McCarther, lifeguard at Mountain Springs pool, says he too drinks a lot of water on hot summer days. “I always take a water bottle up to the stand with me. Make sure I apply tons of sunscreen and stay in the shade when I’m off," said McCarther.
Lifeguards at Mountain Springs Community pool also do 10-minute safety checks on the 50 of every hour. This is to ensure that kids are able to get out of the pool safely and give the adults the chance to swim without any kids.