Chris Pico. Kauai Lifeguard on Water Safety
Pico, Kauai County Lifeguard, has a thing or two to say about water
safety. Sitting in the lifeguard stand at the Hanalei Pavilion, Chris
sees visitors and residents alike setting themselves up for a rough
time. His 10 years of lifeguard experience both on Kauai and San
Diego, and his natural desire to contribute, enable Chris to offer
himself as a speaker on water safety, he offers free advice in
the schools, to groups and whoever will listen.
Safety Rule #1
The best place to swim is in front of a lifeguard stand. If you choose to enter the water on a secluded beach, no matter how good a swimmer you are, you are making what may be a fatal mistake.
Water Safety Rule #2
Never turn your back on the water, not even for a photograph. Most people who get in trouble never intended to go in.
Water Safety Rule #3
If in doubt, don't go out. Swimming in front of the strong currents sign is a bad idea, even for a strong, experienced swimmer.
Water Safety Rule #4
Don't panic. Try to look at it as your own tread-water tour of Kauai. You will eventually be rescued or get pushed ashore.
other interests include hunting and running the Na Pali Trail.
Chris points out that there's a brotherhood feeling among the firemen
and lifeguards on Kauai, as in other places. Working under trying
conditions, you sometimes have to trust your partner with your life,
your chances in a rescue are only as good as the guy your working with.