8/31/2009

Brighton Beach Bay or NONwatch.

Notice the "beach closed" tape? Many people didn't!

Some of you Brooklyn beach bums may be aware that the waters were closed to swimmers over this past weekend due to extreme riptides. But not to worry because you could swim anyway! Most of the lifeguards along the strip of beach between Coney Island and Brighton were more concerned with how to style themselves (should I wear the designer sunglasses and the lip gloss?) or how fast they should twirl their whistles. The most shocking thing was that the group I was near spent most of their time BEHIND or on the SIDE of the lifeguard stand with their backs to the water! (I guess they never heard of the number one surfer rule of thumb. NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON YOUR MOTHER!) It was only when someone told them that someone was IN the water that they would self consciously saunter down to the shore, twirling their whistles and would ineffectively blow them. No hand signals, no authority, just non stop whistle blowing. It was infuriating to watch I have to say. I wouldn't trust these self involved Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabees with my life! I am sure there were beach goers on the shore that could be more trusted if there was a rescue situation. Rip tides are no joke but apparantly the joke is on the young children who are not being watched by paid so called "lifeguards".Check out this lifeguard on a cigarette break BEHIND the lifeguard chair. Which, by the way no one sat in the whole day. I am not one to whistle blow on lazy workers but these guys are PATHETIC!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That photo of the lifeguard is priceless...

Brian Wilson said...

You crack me up!

Erin Loughran said...

I was at Brighton Beach today, where the cops yelled at the lifeguard for not bothering to deal with a naked guy in the surf. The life guard's response was that he was too busy eating Cheese Whiz; he literally had cheese in a can and a stack of crackers.

F.I.B said...

Erin

Thank you for confirming that the indifference level is unbelievable. I also saw a lifeguard eating on duty and then actually checking out a roving ice cart and purchasing an ice...this particular female "guard" (and i put that in quotes cause i am not quite sure how how passed the test.)

I may sound like a know it all but all my siblings were lifeguards and I know that at other beaches like Riis these clowns would be out swlling ices themselves before their first day was over,