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Saving lives is something that comes with the territory for a life guard.

Lifeguards say the job has many perks.  They get to swim every day and feel a sense of accomplishment by helping people.  In this week's Lifestyles Report Beartooth NBC’s Kelley Smith went to the YMCA to talk to a young woman about what being a lifeguard means to her.  Anna Schmitz has been a lifeguard since she was 15 years old.  She says taking the job seemed natural because of her love for the water.  Her passion quickly launching her  through the ranks.

Schmitz says, "I got promoted to life guard coordinator so I was running aquatics everything yeah like right out of high school... I was still in high school and I was running everything that had to do with the pool."

Schmitz says even though the job can be difficult, it also provides a lot of satisfaction.

Schmitz says, "Because it's something I enjoy is being in the water and then the fact that I'm in charge of their safety as well.”

Schmitz is a humble young woman who never gives herself credit as someone who saves people's lives, even after rescuing a 6 year old boy from drowning at a lake.  She says jumping in to help someone is almost instinctual.

Schmitz says, “So I just dove in and I could not see the bottom of the lake obviously and so I just go down to there and feel around for him so I went to the bottom and I grabbed him and pulled him up to the top."

Sitting at the life guard chair, she looks for warnings signs that swimmers might be in trouble.

Schmitz says, "If they would get like tired from like something their doing or if they're coughing a lot or something like that you know that would come to my attention."

Watching and waiting, but hoping no one will need her help.  Schmitz currently attends the University of Great Falls, working at the Helena YMCA during her school breaks.  She says she misses swimming every day and never knew exactly how much she loved the water until she went to college.


Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
Copyright ©2012 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.



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