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Resource Consumer
05-07-2012, 12:51:04
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18715684

Dyl Ulenspiegel
05-07-2012, 13:24:49
"We have liability issues"

And many others....

Funko
05-07-2012, 13:37:41
So that's what Marcus and DanQ are doing now. Running a beach.

MDA
05-07-2012, 13:52:35
if someone had got into trouble in his patrol area while he was helping outside, he and his bosses and their company would all get sued - stupid, but that's the US, land of litigation

He totally did the right thing - the only thing better would be to have some kind of "everyone out" signal to protect those in his area when he took off (was three long blasts of the whistle back in the day, maybe an air horn at a big beach?)

Funko
05-07-2012, 15:00:52
I was shocked how little he got paid, less than minimum wage here.

Fistandantilus
05-07-2012, 15:04:54
But it's the US, he probably got a lot of benefits you can only dream of.

MOBIUS
05-07-2012, 15:05:31
Actually, I think that's the thing that shocked me the most as well.

MOBIUS
05-07-2012, 15:06:16
But it's the US, he probably got a lot of benefits you can only dream of.

Yeah, like free healthcare... :cute:

Funko
05-07-2012, 15:08:38
Job security.

Funko
05-07-2012, 15:09:58
Quick google suggests Lifeguards are paid piss poorly in the UK as well, barely above minimum wage.

Fistandantilus
05-07-2012, 15:15:21
You actually have beaches in the uk?

Funko
05-07-2012, 15:18:00
http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01504/BadWeather_02_1504176a.jpg

MDA
05-07-2012, 16:10:09
:lol:

I think I got paid a dollar over minimum as "head" lifeguard. No benefits (they'd make me lunch at the little restaurant/snack shop, I guess)

I remember being warned about this sort of stuff happening, so I can't imagine this guy was totally caught off
guard.

Funny how often the right thing to do is exactly the opposite of what a lawyer would advise.

Fistandantilus
05-07-2012, 16:11:27
You have been warned not to prevent people from drowining if it's not in your 'sector'?? :o

Fistandantilus
05-07-2012, 16:12:30
Ok, that's not even english, I apologize :lol:

MDA
05-07-2012, 16:23:02
You have been warned not to prevent people from drowining if it's not in your 'sector'?? :o

Nothing quite that specific. We were warned we could lose our job/get sued for doing it right. They told us stories about hotel pool lawsuits, beaches, etc. I figured it was urban legend. :p

It's a bum job anyway, you get paid minimum to protect and babysit people's kids while their parents either sleep in their chairs or flat out leave. Give a kid a pool time out for backflips/horseplay, his/her parents get in your face and make silly threats (send them to the camp office, if someone drowns while they're distracting you, it's still your ass).

I did not like lifeguarding. Low pay, high stress.

Provost Harrison
05-07-2012, 17:58:38
I remember being warned about this sort of stuff happening, so I can't imagine this guy was totally caught off
guard.

A life guard being caught off guard :)

Provost Harrison
05-07-2012, 17:59:56
http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01504/BadWeather_02_1504176a.jpg

Exactly, being a lifeguard on the UK coast must be a doddle of a job, because no one would attempt to go in the sea, surely? And if they do, I wouldn't go in after them...no way in hell :lol:

MDA
05-07-2012, 18:23:00
PH'd! You've still got it! :beer:

Provost Harrison
05-07-2012, 18:40:10
I know :beer:

Dyl Ulenspiegel
06-07-2012, 13:10:49
Funny how often the right thing to do is exactly the opposite of what a lawyer would advise.

What a US lawyer would advise.

My advice would, off course, be: Save the drowning person. But fill in the correct form first.

Funko
06-07-2012, 14:52:59
Had a thought. Maybe it was David Swimmer. Then it would all be understandable.

Resource Consumer
09-07-2012, 09:06:45
Hasselhof was surely overpaid

Funko
09-07-2012, 11:06:49
And he didn't even have the man made flotation devices in his chest like the female lifeguards.

Resource Consumer
11-07-2012, 10:27:51
I am sure he tried to inflate them

paiktis
11-07-2012, 11:01:55
at sea the thing to watch is currents.

you can go swim and tralala and all is very enjoyable and you say (especially if sea bed is shallow) let's go further in and further in.
and you're very happy and you swim very nice.

BUT in an uknown beach you don't know if all of a sudden a nice little current wil build up, a wind increase etc, creating small waves and most importantly undercurrent that "drags" you out to the open sea discreetly but systematically.

So it's very advisibale to always keep in mind where you are in relation to the distance from beach and also to monitor your own strengths.
Don't start swimming to the coast when you're very tired. Start doing it when you're getting slightly tired.

a nice way to relax your muscles is to fill your lungs with air, hold your breath and rise your whole body to the surface of the sea and just play dead for a while