Hosting a pool party this summer? If there are children involved even if parents are around, it is strongly urged to hire a lifeguard to prevent accidental drowning.
For many, the problem isn’t about wanting to hire a lifeguard, but finding a trained, qualified, lifeguard.
One morning as the news was on in the background a story about Lifeguards for Hire caught my attention which piqued when I learned that a young high school student from Westport had created a website that serves as a directory for lifeguards. What a brilliant idea and what a much needed service.
Daria Maya is the young woman who founded WeLifeguard.com.
“When I was a child my parents installed a swimming pool in our backyard. My parents researched all sorts of safety features to ensure my brother and I had a safe swimming experience. They also wanted a safe water environment for our neighbors, friends, and guests. Each year my parents hosted several pool parties. Every time they hosted a party they always hired a lifeguard. At one party, a child was saved by an attentive lifeguard.” She continues to explain the difficulties her family had finding a lifeguard, which isn’t quite as easy as finding, a babysitter or someone to mow lawns.
When Maya was a sophomore in high school she completed a lifeguard skills class and then went on to become an American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard. Her goal was to help other families keep everyone safe around a pool or water body and thus created WeLifeguard.
WeLifeguard features a list of qualified, certified lifeguards certified lifeguards for hire, many of whom are Maya’s friends.