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Old 09-08-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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Make lifeguarding a "profession" ? Surely you are joking. Summer is a very short season in RI and along the New England coast.

The State of RI sets the dates for opening and closing of the beaches and lifeguard coverage from Memorial Day to Labor Day ...that's it. Swim at your own risk before and after such times.
Yeah and the state could set different dates if they wanted to. Lifeguards could easily be employed as a beach lifeguard for part of the year and be employed at indoor pools the rest of the year or just go on unemployment like most construction workers or take some other job. They do this in other locations. They have no problem finding people to lifeguard 5 months out of the year. Remember, you'd need much less lifeguards than in the summer. A 3 month season is ridiculously short.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island/Mass
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Now, it is a profession in So Cal; the lifeguards there are paid very well. This summer, myself and several others at our local beach noticed how the lifeguards didn't seem to want to spread out to the beach chairs anymore, they just want to be together ...awwww. Three of them were fired early last summer for drinking on the job. I'm surprised there aren't more drownings.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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Having grown up in Narragansett, late summer after the beaches had officially closed was one of the few best-kept secrets. Free local enjoyment without the crowds/traffic/noise/fees.

If safety worries you, pick a place like Sand Hill Cove.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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Having grown up in Narragansett, late summer after the beaches had officially closed was one of the few best-kept secrets. Free local enjoyment without the crowds/traffic/noise/fees.

If safety worries you, pick a place like Sand Hill Cove.
I like boogie boarding and waves....sand hill cove/roger wheeler= A salt lake.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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Also, I've pulled people out of the water before that probably would have drowned out of season with about waist to chest high waves.(including a 13 year old girl)

I've been out riding on numerous occasions. in big swells before at couple feet overhead(7 feet at 12 seconds) so I know what I'm doing, but you never know what can happen. A lifeguard is a good idea to have no matter which way you look at. I always find it funny how the east coast officials panic at some beaches during june to Aug when there's a descent sized swell in the water. Limited surfing/bodyboarding culture I guess. I get restrictions for swimmers, but an experienced adult with wetsuit with a Bodyboard/boogieboard and fins or a surfer = no problem They'd never shut it down if it was hawaii or Cali. They are used to the ocean being flat as a lake in summer the majority of the time over on this side of the coast I guess.

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Old 09-24-2011, 08:11 PM
 
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The flip side, of course, is that you don't have to spend the @$350 to get into E. Matunuck after Labor Day
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