Swim safety advice from Richmond’s top lifeguards


By Zach Chouteau

With spring upon us and summer approaching, we recently checked in with some of the city’s most-trusted lifeguards at the Richmond Swim Center for tips on pool and swimming safety.

The four senior lifeguards we spoke with—Phil Ahsam, Cristal Rocha, Birti Singh and Toto Cruz—all provide lifesaving support at The Plunge in Point Richmond and the Richmond Swim Center on Cutting Avenue, the two sites of the City of Richmond’s Aquatics Program within its Recreation Department.

There are numerous swimming programs and classes available at the two venues according to Paula Cooper-Tipton, the Recreation program coordinator for aquatics, who added there are still a few spots open for Spring (Saturday-only) swim lessons.

Summer swim lessons, Tipton said, will be open for registration starting in May and occur in either two-week sessions for Monday- Thursday lessons (eight classes), or Saturday-only sessions (three classes).

She also said the Recreation Department is currently hiring Lifeguards for summer and year-round positions.  For those currently certified, they can apply online through the city’s Human Resources webpage; others can reach out to Paula directly via email at paula_cooper-tipton@ci.richmond.ca.us to find out about future lifeguard training courses.


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