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Slice of life: Sharon Jett and Scott Rincon Lifeguards, at the Williams Aquatic Center
Scott Rincon and Sharon Jett take a break while the pool is quiet at the Williams Aquatic Center. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Scott Rincon and Sharon Jett take a break while the pool is quiet at the Williams Aquatic Center. Ryan Williams/WGCN
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How long have you been a lifeguard?

Rincon: I've been here three years.

Jett: This is my first season back after a 10-year break. I was here two years back then.

How did you become a lifeguard?

Rincon: I was on the swim team my whole life. I actually started here once this place opened up. And from there I kind of jumped up to junior lifeguard and then from junior lifeguard to lifeguard.

Jett: I was a lifeguard in school at Huntington Beach, and just did it so I could get back into first aid for children.

What's a typical day like working as a lifeguard?

Rincon: Hot and humid.

Jett: Just preventing accidents and stopping them before they start. You always have to have your eyes open.

Rincon: It keeps you on your toes.

When and how does your day start?

Rincon: 8 in the morning.

Jett: We start getting on stand and cleaning up the pool.

Rincon: We start prepping for different things like aerobics, we have to be prepared for lessons. We're getting ready all the time.

What are the lessons like?

Jett: We do lessons every day. Lessons are cool because it's gratifying when you see somebody bloom into what we knew they could do. You hear a lot of, "I can't," and by the end of the session, they're like, "Like this?"

Rincon: "I got it," and they try showing you, "Is it like this?"

What is the best part of your job?

Rincon: Swimming on my down time.

Jett: Just being proud of what I do and helping the community, and possibly being remembered as the one who showed somebody how to do something or be safe.

What is your most memorable experience on the job?

Rincon: I would have to say the last day of Summer Rec, because they throw a big old party and you get to get in with all the kids and you get to play around with them. It's taking all their nonsense during the year, and then you get to get in and you get to play with them a little bit, and that's the best.

Jett: I'd have to agree. The worst would be when your heart stops, that you have to go in and somebody's possibly drowning or needing any kind of assistance. It keeps you on your toes.

How often do you have to jump in?

Rincon: In the past three years I've been here I haven't done it once yet.

Jett: I've never had to jump in here, because we're doing our job, we're preventing.

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