Drowning is Preventable
My name is Daria Maya. When I was nine years old, a child almost drowned at my birthday party in our backyard pool. The incident happened in a flash. A parent arrived with a younger sibling and began a conversation with another parent. The younger sibling was left unsupervised, and no adults were watching. The child jumped into the deep end of the pool. Fortunately, my parents hired a lifeguard to watch over the pool party. The lifeguard dove into the deep end and pulled the coughing child out to safety. Events such as this happen every day around the world. Many of them end in tragedy; however, drownings are preventable.
During my sophomore year in high school, I participated in a water safety and lifeguarding class. As I was learning lifeguarding skills, I always thought about my ninth birthday party and what could have been. I decided to create WeLifeguard.com to prevent drownings. WeLifeguard.com is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit. I don't make any money running the site. The lifeguards don't pay to be listed on the site. The pool party hosts don't pay to use the site. The service is entirely free.
Many businesses and individuals have offered to advertise on the site. And, many people have given me ideas as to how to monetize the site. I am not interested. I run the site as a community service, not a business.
Here is how the website works: a party host submits a request to https://welifeguard.com/contact-us/, I then send a text message to the lifeguard network. Once there is a match, I connect the lifeguards with the pool party host.
Perhaps we can all work together as a community to share our ideas and knowledge regarding water safety and drowning prevention with everyone. If you are an adult and want to learn to swim, don't be shy; email me. If you want your child to learn to swim, email me and I will connect you with a swim instructor or lifeguard. If you are hosting a pool party, submit your request to the Contact Us page, and I will try to connect you with a lifeguard.
If you are a certified lifeguard and want to join the site, please contact me at WeLifeguard@gmail.com.
I can imagine a world without drownings; I hope you can too.
I’m Daniel. I am currently a junior at Beacon College in Florida and I am also working on becoming a certified personal trainer. I am a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor and a Red Cross Certified Pool and Waterfront Lifeguard. I am also certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid. I would enjoy the opportunity to teach you to swim or keep you and your guests safe at your next pool party.
My name is Elana, and I’m fifteen years old. I have Red Cross certifications in lifeguarding, waterfront, and first aid. I love working with kids and being in the water. I have been swimming since I was a little girl, and I swam at Swim 70 in Norwalk during my time in middle school. I’ve always had lots of fun in the water--whether swimming in my own backyard, the lakes at camp, or going to the beach with my family. I hope to ensure other kids have a fun and safe experience swimming as well!
My name is Kate I’ve been swimming competitively for 6 years, and I am on the Staples Varsity Water Polo and Swim Teams. I have certifications from the American Red Cross in CPR, Lifeguarding, and Waterfront Lifeguarding, First Aid, Boating, and babysitting. I'm the oldest of 3, and I have been babysitting regularly; since I was 10. I have lots of experience with children, and I am an incredibly conscientious and responsible individual. Growing up, I always spent time at the pool and looked up to lifeguards. I hope to give kids a safe and fun experience.
My name is Charlotte, and I am a 16-year-old junior at Staples High School. I have Red Cross certifications in lifeguarding, waterfront, and first aid. I swam competitively for 7 years on Water Rats at the YMCA and the Staples Varsity team. I love kids, and I have been a camp counselor in addition to babysitting various children. I love the water and hope to ensure kids have safe and fun swimming experiences.
Hi, my name is Sarah. I am a sophomore in high school and have been a swimmer on the Water Rats swim team for 10 years. I love to swim and get in the pool. I am also a member of the varsity swim team and varsity water polo team at Staples high school. Last summer, I was a lifeguard at Longshore pool. I used to be a CIT at camp Mahackeno and love working with kids. I think teaching swimming is not only an important life skill but also a great way to pass on the love of an activity that will be useful and cause joy for years to come.
My name is Chelsea, and I am a 16-year-old rising junior at Staples High School. I have Red Cross certifications in lifeguarding, waterfront, and first aid. I have always loved swimming and the water, and now with my Red Cross certification, I know that I can responsibly guard swimming/water activities. I have been babysitting since I was 12 and enjoy being around kids of any age. Swimming should always be fun AND safe, and I'm excited to be able to help make sure that happens as a lifeguard.
My name is Emma, and I am a student at Staples High School. I am a certified AED, CPR, and first aid lifeguard, as well as a babysitter. I am the oldest of three and love to work with kids. I've loved swimming ever since I was a little kid. I learned how to swim when I was little and was on the swim team for numerous years. Currently, I swim in my pass time and am a tri season runner. During my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and hiking. I am a highly responsible individual and am dedicated to ensuring that everyone is safe and fun in the pool.
My name is Ethan Frank, and I am going to be a senior next year at Staples High School. I have been Red Cross certified since last February and have lifeguarded multiple birthday parties and events before. I've been swimming since a very young age and am awesome around kids.
My name is Sarah, and I’m a rising junior at Staples High School. I have Red Cross certification in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR. As a member of the Staples Varsity diving team, I love the pool environment and find water safety very important. I am also a volunteer coach at my gymnastics center and a certified babysitter, so I have lots of experience with kids and really enjoy working with them. I am very excited to keep the pool safe and fun!
My name is Lexie, and I am a Junior at Staples High School. I am a three-sport varsity athlete. I play soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. I have my Red Cross certification in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR. I started swim lessons at a young age and have loved swimming ever since. I attended camp for seven years and swam competitively. I volunteer as a coach for Westport PAL in lacrosse and basketball. I have also been a certified soccer referee for Westport Soccer for five years. I love to work with kids. My goal is to ensure a safe swimming experience for everyone.
My name is Anastasia. I have been a competitive swimmer for 6 years on the Water Rats and the Staples Varsity swim team. I have Red Cross certifications in lifeguarding, CPR, and first aid. I am the oldest of 4 children and have a lot of babysitting experience. I love working with kids, and my goal is to ensure pools are a fun and safe environment for them.
Hi! My name is Jack. I graduated from Darien High School, where I played varsity lacrosse. I am a freshman at the University of Richmond. I have been a lifeguard for the past two summers at a country club in Connecticut. I joined WeLifeguard in 2019.
Hi, I'm Maya. I have Red Cross certifications in lifeguarding, waterfront, and first aid. From a young age, I have always enjoyed swimming and being around water, whether it's at a pool or beach. I also love being around kids and making sure they are safe. While lifeguarding, I hope to ensure that everyone has a safe experience in and out of the pool.
My name is Jack, and I have Red Cross certifications in lifeguarding, waterfront, and first aid. I have been swimming since before I could walk and have always loved the water. I am one of four siblings and have been babysitting them for many years. I will be attending Purdue University next year and will be participating in their Army ROTC program. I am responsible, attentive, and prepared to act if need be. I hope to ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience in the water.
My name is Grace Cooper. I am a senior at Staples High School. I am certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and waterfront. I have been on Staples's varsity field hockey team since freshman year. This is going to be my second year as a captain. I love swimming and have been doing it all my life. However, while swimming should be enjoyable, it should also be safe. As a lifeguard, I strive to make everyone's swimming experience very fun while safe.
Hi, I'm Camille, and I am a junior at Weston High School. I am Red Cross certified in lifeguarding, CPR, and first aid. I have become a dependable member of my community because safety is my biggest priority. Hope to see you this summer!
Matt is a Red Cross CPR /Certified lifeguard who lifeguards part-time at Weeburn Country Club and is a Darien High School Junior who plays varsity football, intramural basketball, and babysits for several families in his spare time. He also is a volunteer at the Darien Community Fund.
Hi, I am Lorenzo. I am a junior at Staples High school. I have a lot of experience, babysitting, and lifeguarding. I love playing with kids since I have had to entertain my younger brother his whole life. I would love to work with anyone in need of a lifeguard!
Hi, my name is Daniel, and I am a senior at Staples High School. I am Red Cross certified in lifeguarding, CPR, and first aid. This winter will be my fourth season swimming for Staples, and I can't wait! I have been coaching Special Olympics swimming for the last year, which has helped me understand the importance of water safety. My goal is to make sure everyone is safe while having a good time.
Hi! I am Sarah. I am 17 years old and attend Darien High School. I am very invested in my academics. I am lifeguard certified, and I have tons of babysitting and tutoring experience. Additionally, I love playing field hockey and creating art.
Hey, I'm Charles! I'm a rising senior at Staples High School. I am Red Cross certified in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR. I am a varsity skier for the Staples race team and a varsity coxswain for Maritime Rowing Club. I am also a professional ski instructor during the winter at Mount Snow, where I work with 4-6-year-olds. I am looking forward to keeping the pool fun and safe!
My name is Brett, and I am a 19-year-old freshman at Syracuse University. I was a camp counselor for 3 to 6-year-olds and had been babysitting in my neighborhood. I was recently recertified in lifeguarding, waterfront, CPR, and first aid to ensure safety for your lifeguarding needs.
Hi! I’m Jessi, and I’m a member of the class of 2022 at Weston High School. I have been lifeguarding for two years now with WeLifeguard. I have a lot of experience with kids with disabilities and giving swimming lessons. I love to be a lifeguard and swim! I am always ready for your next party.
Hi! My name is Maya and I am a 17 year old rising senior at Staples High School. I have my Red Cross certification for lifeguarding poolside, waterfront, and CPR/ first aid, as well as my Red Cross babysitting certification. Many people in my family were lifeguards in the past and I have always wanted to be one too. When I was in middle school I was at a beach with my family and I saw a little girl struggling in the water with no parent watching. I immediately ran to save her and since then, it has been my goal to be a lifeguard and to save lives. I have been lifeguarding for two years now and I have been babysitting since I was 13. I am very good with kids and I always try to make swimming as fun as possible, while being as safe as possible!