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Teen Creates Website to Lease Out Lifeguards
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2019 / Cheddar
Daria Maya, 15 years old, created WeLifeguard.com, a website that leases out lifeguards for parties and events. Daria spoke about her business and the importance of hiring a lifeguard with Cheddar News’ Hena Doba and Vanessa Freeman.
Daria Maya, Founder and President of WeLifeguard on Star 99.9.
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Teen promotes water safety with new lifeguard service
With the weather getting warmer and people starting to enjoy time in their pools, one Westport teen has made it her mission to ensure residents have a safe summer.
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019
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Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2019
The weather is warm. Gatherings of 25 are now permitted. If you’ve got a pool, you’re pretty popular.
But as we come out of COVID, safety is still important. What to do? Contact WeLifeguard.com.
Run by 16-year-old Daria Maya — a certified open water lifeguard with Advanced Lifesaving, CPR and AED certifications — it’s a simple way to connect pool owners with guards.
Just click here to request a Red Cross Certified lifeguard, or swimming lessons. You set the rate directly with the guard. WeLifeguard does not profit from the service and does not charge a fee. The goal is to keep everyone safe.
Everyone into the pool!
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. However, if I personally guard a party, I do get paid.
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.
Recently, many people contacted WeLifeguard after learning about a few local almost drownings. Here is how the website works: a party host submits a request to WeLifeguard.com. I then send a text message to the lifeguard network. Once there is a match, I connect the lifeguards with the pool party host.
This week I provided a water safety and drowning prevention presentation via Zoom to Norwalk based Star Inc.s’ incredible students with disabilities. This experience was among the highlights of my mission to spread water safety awareness. 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 contact WeLifeguard.com, 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.
Lifeguards for Hire in Fairfield County
Posted on Friday, June 19, 2019
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 a 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 found 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 for hire, many of whom are Maya’s friends.
For more on WeLifeguard Click HERE
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Westport teen builds website to get more lifeguards at pool partiesMay 24, 2019
NEED A LIFEGUARD FOR A PARTY OR EVENT THIS SUMMER? WELIFEGUARD CAN HELP!
Posted on May 21, 2019 / westportmoms.com
If you’re anything like us, you love the warmer weather and signs of summer, but one of your biggest fears with summer is pools, and your children in – or around – them! If you have a pool, you likely want to ensure your kids are “pool safe” as young as possible, and if you are hosting, you may consider lifeguards to keep everyone safe. If you don’t have a pool, you likely fear to go near pools with younger kids and want your kids learning to swim, and as protected as possible when they go anywhere to do so. Enter welifeguard.com!
DARIA MAYA GUARDS WATER SAFETY
Posted on May 19, 2019 / 06880danwoog.com
Whenever Daria Maya or her family threw a pool party, they hired a lifeguard. It was a simple matter of safety.
But as she grew up in Westport, she realized not every family was as cautious.
And when the Staples sophomore took a lifeguarding class at the high school this year — part of the physical education curriculum — her teacher told her there are not enough guards to fill the demand. At the same time, homeowners who want to hire them don’t know who to ask.
Now they do.