So, last weekend, we went to the community pool for my nephew’s birthday party. It’s actually a really cool facility with a pool, splash park, and and inflatable slide and obstacle course in the deep end of the pool.
The three of us were hanging out in the 4-foot water when we heard a boy start screaming, “Help me! Help me!”
He was wearing a life jacket, so he wasn’t in danger of drowning, but something certainly scared him. Maybe he felt like he might go under? Or, he didn’t think he could get back to the side of the pool (we were in the middle of the section)? In any case, he felt like he needed help.
While he was screaming, a lifeguard walked right past him on the walkway between our section of the pool and the kiddie pool. He didn’t even glance over at the boy. Now, I understand he wasn’t drowning (he surely wouldn’t be able to scream if he was), but if you’re a lifeguard and you hear a child screaming for help, I would think you would, you know, HELP said child.
Not this guy. So, Joe swam over, grabbed the boy and helped him over to the side. The lifeguard came over and told the boy, “If you can’t reach the side, maybe you shouldn’t be in this section of the pool.”
I’m pretty sure if that was my kid, I would have let the lifeguard and his supervisor have it. Sure, he was probably correct, but he was really rude AND he couldn’t even be bothered to do his job and help a child who needed it. I’m just glad my hubby decided to step up and do something.