Twenty-two young women from throughout Los Angeles County participated in the 2nd Young Women’s Lifeguard Camp on Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Manhattan Beach. Hosted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Lifeguard Division and Fire Recruitment Unit, the fun-filled and informative day helped participants, ages 14-17, to discover the path to become an Ocean Lifeguard as well as explore other career opportunities within the LACoFD.
The day included a tour of a lifeguard tower where the young women learned how to spot a rip current, a Hands-Only CPR lesson, and an opportunity to see an ocean rescue demonstration by lifeguards. The day concluded with a review of leader and follower skills, fitness and nutrition education, and creating vision-boards with pictures and words that represent the student’s goals.
“You need to respect your followers and be there for them by giving examples, communicating, being patient and constantly trying to improve yourself and others,” said one young woman when asked what she learned about being a good leader from the lifeguard instructors. With feedback like this, it is clear that the Department’s female first responders are inspiring the next generation and doing a great job in preparing young women for esteemed careers in public service.
Thank you to all of the instructors who made the day a success:
• Lifeguard Training Chief Chris Linkletter
• Battalion Chief Jasmine Segura
• Carmen McLaurin (Management Secretary)
• Fire Fighter Sheila Kelliher
• Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Lidia Barillas
• Ocean Lifeguards: Elle Quane, Monica Dornick, Natalie Anzavino, Scott Snyder, Coral Berry, Kelsey O’Donnell