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Lifeguards On Duty

15 August 2023


Surrounded by its tropical year-round weather and blue crystal-clear ocean, Hawaii is a natural playground for swimmers, surfers, boaters and divers alike.
Many people look for ways to cool down and have fun in the sun. But it is always important to remember swimming safety before you go in for a splash.

“Whether  sitting  on  the  sand  and  getting  a  nice  tan,  lifeguards  also  need to be aware of their surroundings,” said Johnnie Murray-Scheidt, aquatics director for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). “The importance of a lifeguard is to make sure our patrons, our families and our keiki (children) are safe.”

Growing up around the water, surfing and playing water polo, Zoe Spencer, an MWR lifeguard at Hickam family pool, describes her typical day as an MWR lifeguard.“

When we get out there to the pool, we watch the kids and everybody else  that  comes  in  and  make  sure  that  they  are  safe,”  said  Spencer.  “The  best  part  about  being  a  lifeguard  is  being  out  in  the  sun  and  in  the water, educating people and making sure they are aware of what’s going on around them.”

While  ensuring  swimming  safety,  another  MWR  lifeguard  shares  his    day-to-day experience on the job around the pool.

“I spend my day as a lifeguard ensuring facility cleanliness and making sure the deck is clear of all hazards, and making sure the bathrooms are nice and clean,” said Christian King, another MWR lifeguard. “We set up for the day and sign eligible patrons in, making sure kids who have a swim card have a wristband. We also conduct swim tests and enforce  Commander,  Navy  Installations  Command  (CNIC)  policies throughout the day.”

Being a lifeguard teaches valuable skills and keeps one in good physical condition, and the opportunity to support military and their families.

To become a certified lifeguard, contact Scott Pool at (808) 473-0394 or visit


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