Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Salaries: Lifeguard on Duty

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Mitchell Ogle at work - ANDIE PINGA
  • Andie Pinga
  • Mitchell Ogle at work
In this new blog series, Summer Salaries, Kids VT will interview teenagers about the work they do when school is out. The series is written by our own summer intern,15-year-old Andie Pinga. Pinga is a rising sophomore at Phillips Academy and lives in South Burlington. 

18-year-old Mitchell Ogle has been swimming competitively since he was six years old. So, when he started looking for a summer job his sophomore year of high school, it made perfect sense for him to become a lifeguard. After keeping a watchful eye on swimmers at The EDGE Sports & Fitness for the past two summers, he became certified as a Water Safety Instructor this year. In that position, he teaches swimming to kids ages 6 months to 5 years old. Ogle begins college this fall at Southeast Technical at Minnesota State College and plans to lifeguard at a pool there. He'll continue his job at The EDGE during summer breaks.

Kids VT: Why did you decide to lifeguard and teach swim lessons?
Mitchell Ogle: I've been a swimmer all my life, so it seemed like a natural thing to [be] on the pool deck... a lot more preferable than working as a cashier or anything, and definitely higher pay. I just became a Water Safety Instructor three weeks ago. It’s a lot more interactive.

KVT: What was the application process like? 
MO: I didn't have an interview. They wanted as many lifeguards as they could get. So I was hired pretty easily.

KVT: What training did you have to go through to become a lifeguard?
MO: I took the lifeguard certification [course] at The Edge in Essex. It was Monday through Friday and it was like 8 to 3 everyday. It's a lot of class time — watching videos, talking about different strategies… And then you actually go into the water and practice them and learn them. At the end, there's actually a physical assessment, as well as a written assessment.

KVT: What is your salary ?
MO: The salary for lifeguarding is $11 an hour. Lessons are like $15 a half hour. It changes depending on the type of lessons.

KVT: How will you use your money? 
MO: Right now I'm saving it, because I'm going to college in a couple [of] months.

KVT: What is the best part of lifeguarding?
MO: Usually it’s not too much work if you're doing it right. It's pretty satisfying when nobody gets hurt at the end of the day, even if you have to talk to some kids about being safe. A lot of people think that good lifeguards are good at saving people, but the best lifeguards are good at having nobody to save.

KVT: Rewarding parts of the job?
MO: Once I lifeguarded [during the] Special Olympics. I thought that it was going to be really difficult, but it was not at all. The next year, I actually volunteered to coach for them. And that was a great experience.

KVT: Any advice for other teens looking for summer jobs?
MO: I would ask what they're interested in and [tell them to] try to pursue that. If you're looking to get a lot of money, like if you're saving up for college or a special trip somewhere, I'd get a place that has a lot of hours, whether that's guarding somewhere or working as a cashier.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Public Pool Round-Up

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM

School’s out and summer’s heating up!

Taking a dip in a pool is a great way to cool down. But, for many families, joining a swim club is a budget buster. While lakes are a refreshing option, pools offer reliably clean and cold water – and a place to gather for playdates, too.

To help your family beat the heat, we’ve put together a list of public pools — including information about cost and hours. We hope it will come in handy during the steamy days of summer! Have a favorite pool we should add to this list? Let us know in the comment section below.

Barre City Pool 59 Parkside Terrace, Barre, 476-0257 
Cost: $3-4; free for children under 1.
Pool hours: Open swim Monday-Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Button Bay State Park 5 Button Bay State Park Rd., Ferrisburgh, 475-2377 
Cost: Free with $2-4 park admission; free for children under 4.
Pool hours: Open swim seven days a week, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.

Elm Street Recreation Center Elm Street, Montpelier, 223-6829 
Cost: Montpelier residents: $3.50 for kids through high school age; $5.50 for adults; $11.50 per family. Non-residents: $7 for kids through high school age; $10 for adults; $19 per family
Pool hours: Open swim Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1-8 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 1-5:30 p.m. Pool open exclusively for families Wednesday & Friday, 4:30-8 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Greater Burlington YMCA 266 College St., Burlington, 862-9622
Cost: $5 for children under 18; $12 for adults; free for members.
Pool hours: Open swim Monday, noon-1 p.m & 7-7:45 p.m.; Tuesday, noon-2 p.m & 4:30-5 p.m.; Wednesday, noon-1 p.m., 4:30-5 p.m. & 7-7:45 p.m.; Thursday, noon-2 p.m. & 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Friday, noon-1 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. & 7-7:45 p.m. Check website for Saturday and Sunday hours.

Maple Street Park Pool 75 Maple Street, Essex Junction, 872-3370
Cost: $4 for children; $6 for adults; $2 off with proof of Essex Junction residency.
Pool hours: Open swim Monday-Friday, 12:30-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:15 a.m.-8 p.m.; pool open exclusively to families seven days a week, 5-6 p.m.

Middlebury Town Pool 298 Buttolph Drive, Middlebury, 388-4020
Cost: $2 for children 15 and under; $3 for adults.
Pool hours: Open swim seven days a week, 1-4:45 p.m. and family swim, 5:45-6:30 p.m.

Sand Hill Pool 208 Sand Hill Road, Essex, 878-2973
Cost: For Essex residents: $2 for children under 18; $3 for adults. For non-residents: $3 for children under 18; $4 for adults.
Pool hours: Open swim Monday-Friday; 1-8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon-8 p.m. August family swim Monday & Wednesday, 5:30-8 p.m.

St. Albans City Pool 99 Aldis Street, St. Albans, 524-6796 
Cost: St. Albans residents: $5 for children and adults. Non-residents: $7 for children & adults. Hallf-price admission, 7-8:30 p.m.
Pool hours: Open swim Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. & 7-8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. & 6-8:30 p.m.

Waterbury Community Pool Anderson Field, Waterbury, 244-6340
Cost: $5; $10 family day pass.
Pool hours: General swim Monday-Wednesday, 1-5 p.m. & 6:30-8 p.m.; Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m.; Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 12:30-5:30 p.m.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Strawberry Season!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Picking berries at Last Resort Farm
  • Picking berries at Last Resort Farm
Blink and you'll miss Vermont’s short-but-sweet strawberry season. To get you and the little ones into the fields, we’ve complied a list of pick-your-own farms particularly suited for families. When heading out for your berry expedition, here are a few pointers to bear in mind:

  • Always call or visit the farm's website ahead of time to check time. Often, farms close for a few days if ripe berries are picked out, or for weather reasons. Most list relevant info on their answering machines or online.
  • Go early to beat the heat.
  • Bring cash or check. Not all farms accept plastic.
  • While many places offer boxes for collecting berries, bringing your own baskets or buckets is a smart idea. 
  • Bring a hat, apply sunscreen generously and don’t forget your water bottle!
  • Most importantly, enjoy the unique beauty of each farm and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Farmers love what they do and usually relish an opportunity to share their knowledge.

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