You know summer is here when you see the new lifeguards being trained at Pelican Bay. Every year, Columbia Basin Racquet Club hires new lifeguards to ensure the physical safety of members as they play in the pool and escape the heat.
While the lifeguards enforce the health and safety rules at the pools and spas, individual members are responsible for making sure they’re prepared to spend the day under the sun.
According to the Center for Disease Control, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and the biggest risk for sun cancer is exposure to ultraviolet light.
Reduce Your Risk
As you’re enjoying the slide, lazy river, climbing wall, and lounge chairs, be sure to take these simple steps to reduce your risk:
- Wear sunscreen (minimum 15 SPF) and continue to apply it regularly, especially if you’re in and out of the pool. Remember that light reflects off the water, so use sunscreen even if you’re sitting in the shade
- Wear light, loose clothing, and a hat that shades your ears and neck.
- Don’t forget sunglasses. They’ll protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.
- Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Most importantly, be aware of how you feel. If you start experiencing signs of heat exhaustion, such as nausea, dizziness, headaches, or cramps, let a lifeguard know so they can help.
If you protect yourself from the sun, then you’ll be able to enjoy all that Pelican Bay has to offer. There’s a zero-entry pool for toddlers, a water cannon and a climbing wall for teens and adults, and a diving board. You can grab food at the Sand Bar and have lunch on the patio.
And if you’re interested in working at Pelican Bay, CBRC is still accepting applications. Apply now and be part of the team.