With temperatures reaching into the 30s this week, and feeling like nearly 40 at times, what better way to beat the heat than spending time at your local pool. We caught up with Altona Aquatic Centre head lifeguard Andrew Dyck, and asked him what it's like working at the pool during a really hot week.

"We had a slower start due to the weather, but it's looking a lot better now," he told CFAM Radio 950 Morning Show Host Chris Sumner. "We're excited to see all the people here at the pool. We're really excited to have more people here. It gives us lifeguards a lot more action, but I mean you have to cool off every once in a while, so hop in the pool."

With a lot more people expected, how does that impact what lifeguards are doing during their shifts?

"If it's hot like this, we typically have more people here, so there will be more guards for our rotation," he explained. "So, that means they'll be out in the sun for a little bit longer, but then we'll cool off in the staff room."

The Altona Aquatic Centre has twenty-seven people on staff this year, with ten "rookies" on the team for the 2024 season.

Outside of the breakroom, how will the team be cooling off while working?

"Sometimes on rotation, guards may walk through the water for the next spot, or take a quick dip in the pool during break," Dyck said, while noting when he needs to cool off he goes straight to the diving board, every time. 

Staying sun safe with sunscreen and keeping hydrated are also two important things lifeguards will be doing in the days ahead.

And what's the busiest part of the pool during really hot days?

"Typically it's the green slide that gets extremely popular, because everyone wants to get out of the water and jump back in," he said. "The diving board gets pretty busy, too."

And looking ahead to a couple of upcoming special events, the Altona Aquatic Centre will be hosting a first toward the end of July.

"We have a glow in the dark teen swim planned for late July," shared Dyck. "We're going to have some lights turned off. We're going to get lots of glow sticks. Glow basketball, maybe. Tons of fun with stuff like that, so excited to see where that takes us."

There will also be free public swim from 1:30pm to 8pm on Sunday, July 28th as part of the Manitoba Sunflower Festival.
 
You can listen to our full conversation with Andrew Dyck, below.