After 16 years on the job, Sharon Law still faces daily reminders that she is not only a lifeguard--but a female lifeguard. And when she responds to a call for help, the Manhattan Beach mother of two sometimes finds it is coming from a male swimmer who then refuses to be rescued by a woman, preferring instead to struggle to shore alone. In interviews, female lifeguards say that, despite the well-intentioned equal opportunity efforts, it has been tough gaining a foothold in the traditionally male-dominated profession. But they also display a dogged determination to prove that they can do anything their male counterparts can do--and sometimes more. Before , no woman had worked as an ocean lifeguard in Los Angeles County.
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The year-old lifeguard from Shrewsbury, Penn. They think that we are there as eye candy and nothing else. Kallie Bowman, 16, from Washburn, Mo. She and the other lifeguards in this story spoke in recent phone interviews. Most of those interviewed described it as empowering. The training for lifeguards is vigorous and involves the retrieval of diving rings from the bottom of a foot deep pool, performing CPR, treading water for two minutes and swimming 50 yards of various swimming strokes. Most of the young women interviewed said the staffing at their pools had a fairly equal male-female split.
By Daily Mail Reporter. The Summer Olympics may about to begin in Britain, but a crowd of bikini-clad competitors have held their own games — in New Jersey. It was something of a muscle beach party as nearly women congregated in Sandy Hook for the All-Women Lifeguard Tournament on Wednesday. The competition, which has taken place every summer since , involved more than 20 teams from as far north as New York to as far south as Maryland. Grueling contest: The competitors from as far south as North Carolina to partake in ten separate events testing their strength and endurance. Race: The events involve competition in either the water or on land - and sometimes both. The National Park Service, which runs the tournament, says it is the largest and longest-running contest of its kind in the U. An NPS statement on its website said: 'The ten contests demonstrate how smart, strong women save lives through tests of strength and endurance in the skills used by lifeguards every day. Team effort: Some events involve up to four members of a team competing together.
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