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City Recruits Minority Lifeguards Even if They Can’t Swim

Posted by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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I usually dotn post this stuff but this is just.....   uhhhhhhhh Uhhh i cant find words.  Lets just say.  Qualified people should get a job above those who are not.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2013/04/city-recruits-minority-lifeguards-even-if-they-cant-swim/

In a staggering case of affirmative action gone wild, officials in a major U.S. city are actually recruiting minorities to be lifeguards at public pools even if they’re not good swimmers. It’s all in the name of diversity.   

You can’t make this stuff up. It’s a real-life story out of Phoenix, the capitol of Arizona and the nation’s sixth-largest city. It has more than 1.4 million residents and, among its official mottos is “value and respect” of diversity. This means “more than gender and race,” according to the city’s official website. It also encompasses “uniqueness and individuality” and embracing differences. “We put this belief into action to provide effective services to our diverse community.”

Evidently officials are willing to compromise those “effective services” at 29 public swimming pools spread throughout the city. To diversify the lifeguard force, Phoenix will spend thousands of dollars to recruit minorities even if they’re not strong swimmers, according to an official quoted in a news report. Blacks, Latinos and Asians who may not necessarily qualify can still get hired, says the city official who adds that “we will work with you in your swimming abilities.”

There’s a good reason the city is hiring lifeguards that can’t swim. Public pools are largely used by Latino and African-American kids, but most of the lifeguards are white and this creates a huge problem. “The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white and we don’t like that,” says a Phoenix official quoted in the story. She added that “the kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”

ect...........   go to the link for the rest.

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1Giovanni
by Becca on Apr. 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM

When I was a lifeguard, I had to pass several courses first.  Among them tested my skills in the water.  This should be the case everywhere. 

I would hope that this article is overexaggerating and that these people being hired have passed lifeguard courses. 

lga1965
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM
I honestly don't believe this. I'm sorry but I don't.
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Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM
This is good news and it's about time.

First oft, lifeguards' duties entail more than just saving someone from drowning; it mostly involves enforcing the community rules relating to the public pool.

When you have a diverse community using the pool, having a diverse group of enforcement makes the job a lot easier and does help ease the tensions that a monolithic group of rule enforcers can't achieve.

These new hires aren't going to be non-swimmers, they will be trained to meet such standards.

Honestly, being from the area, and having to deal with this issue first hand, this new policy will help out a lot
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lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Did an official really say this? "Hispanic, black, or whatever." Whatever? Really?


Quote:

“The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white and we don’t like that,” says a Phoenix official quoted in the story. She added that “the kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”


candlegal
by Judy on Apr. 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I wonder who they will blame if someone ends up drowning.

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 2:34 PM

better than the picture of the kids with the caption  "black, hispanic, asian or normal" . . . 


Quoting lizmarie1975:

Did an official really say this? "Hispanic, black, or whatever." Whatever? Really?



Quote:

“The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white and we don’t like that,” says a Phoenix official quoted in the story. She added that “the kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”







crazynut
by Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Dumpest thing I have ever heard.... Life guards need to be strong swimmers... most of them wont pass the test... swimming 500 yards in a certain time limit is not easy and most wont make it through that, that is a major part of the swimming test.

crazynut
by Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 3:46 PM
In most cases, the life guard and the parents depending on the age of the guard, Pool manager, each individual city counsel member, the mayor and the city administrator have all be sued...and the drowned victims family won... So if your considering being a life guard or allowing your child too then make sure you/they understand the responsibilities of being a life guard....
Quoting candlegal:

I wonder who they will blame if someone ends up drowning.

My family!!

katy_kay08
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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From the story linked in the OP.   It doesn't sound like they are going to hire unqualified lifeguards but rather they are going to put extra effort into training and certifying individuals that may better serve their customer base.  (IE Spanish speaking lifeguards)


After noticing that most of the lifeguards at the public pools used by Latino and African-American kids were white, the Phoenix aquatics department decided to try to recruit minorities.

More than 90 percent of the students at Alhambra High are black, Latino or Asian. On a recruiting effort there over the winter, the city's Melissa Boyle tells students she's not looking for strong swimmers. Like many under-resourced schools, Alhambra doesn't have a swim team.

"We will work with you in your swimming abilities," Boyle says.

Boyle's colleague Kelly Martinez takes on the delicate task of explaining the scenario the city is trying to correct.

"The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white," she says, "and we don't like that. The kids don't relate; there's language issues."

Martinez turns to a Latina student next to her. "Do you speak Spanish?" she asks. "We need more lifeguards who can speak Spanish."

"It's that catch-22," says Becky Hulett, who oversees Phoenix's public pools. "If the kids don't learn how to swim, as adults they are not going to swim, [and] they aren't going to take their own kids to swim."

So two years ago, Hulett began rethinking lifeguard recruitment. Traditionally, Phoenix's 500 lifeguards came from more affluent parts of town, most of which are farther from the public pools.

"It really populated from schools that had swim teams, and so that was our feeder into our lifeguarding programs," she says.

To help diversify its lifeguard ranks, the city raised about $15,000 over the past two years in scholarships to offset the cost of lifeguard-certification courses. Recruits who pass a swim test at the end can apply to be city lifeguards.

As the teens swim laps at Alhambra, it's clear many haven't had much formal training. But the coaches of the course aren't fazed and are prepared to put in the time to teach.

"Honestly, I have a little bit a fear of the water, and I wanted to overcome that fear," says high school junior Jesus Jimenez. He didn't grow up going to pools with his family but likes the idea of lifeguarding. 

"It is nice to have the satisfaction of knowing that if somebody is in trouble you can save them at any time," he says.

If he is selected to be a lifeguard, other pool staff will work with him on his swimming skills all summer.

This report story was done in collaboration with Fronteras, a public radio project that focuses on border and changing demographics in the American Southwest.

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