Yes, another four days of training. Disney doesn’t let their lifeguards go on stand by themselves very easily, do they?
I had two different types of on-the-job training: Pool Attendant and Lifeguard.
Not very often will I actually be scheduled for this position, but it is a requirement to have this before Lifeguard training.
The role of a pool attendant is very simple. You are maintaining the pool area by enforcing rules and tidying up. You go over where to get clean towel and where to put the dirty ones. You make sure all children who come on deck have a parent with them and there is no food or drink within 6 feet of the actual pool. There’s a lot to remember, so there is two days of this training at all of the different hotel locations. As a pool attendant, I could also take on a slide dispatch stand since it does not require me to watch any water. So I learned what is and isn’t allowed on the slides to ensure safety and when it’s clear to let the next person go.
Also, the training that I received as a pool attendant will also be used when I get assigned “Pool Duty” on my rotation as a lifeguard.
All of the training I had received in the week prior was finally being put to the test. Stands differ from pool to pool, but if you have been to one of the pools at the Disneyland Resort, than you know most of them are sitting. Additionally, there are stands where I have to roam (walk back and forth to scan the pool) or a dispatch stand. So lets break them down a bit…
- Sitting Stands: In these locations, I can scan the entire pool from where I am sitting. Part of my training requires me to be able to scan the entire pool within 10 seconds, so I am constantly watching my water. In order to stay alert, we are required to stand up every five minutes to alter our perspective.
- Roaming Stands: On these stands, it is usually on an edge or a corner so I cannot see the entire pool from one spot. You walk from one side to another, making sure you are scanning the pool within 10 seconds. Since you are constantly moving on this stand, no need to stand up every 5 minutes!
- Dispatch Stands: Since you aren’t watching any water, no need to make sure you are staying alert and scanning. On this stand, you are making sure guests know the slide rules and the slide is clear for the next guest. I love this stand because I get to interact a lot more with guests. When I am watching water, conversations can’t last longer than 30 seconds.
The entire training process was great. Although I had a lot to learn in such a short period of time, I had a great trainer without me through those four days that helped me get acquainted to the job.
Finally, I’m a real lifeguard at the Disneyland Resort!