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Beyond Baywatch: The lifesaving work of being a lifeguard

No Lifeguard sign at the beach.
Paolo Zialcita
Connecticut Public Radio

Lifeguarding isn’t just a part-time summer job; for many, it’s serious life-saving work.

Today, we explore the lifeguard shortage nationwide and how it impacts residents in our state. Data show that drownings are on the rise.

We hear from the American Lifeguard Association about the need for more lifeguards and better water competency.

Did you ever work as a lifeguard or have an encounter with a lifeguard? We want to hear from you.

First, we hear from a psychologist about Jennifer's Law and recognizing coercive control.


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