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Teen lifeguard praises Chino pool
Young leader in many areas of life – school, job, church

Chino Valley Review

Nothing feels better on a hot summer day, than being in the cool, sparkling water of a swimming pool. Someone who gets to enjoy this everyday during the summer is lifeguard Kelsie Sharp of Chino Valley.

Kelsie graduated from Chino Valley High School this past month, and has been a lifeguard at the Chino Valley Aquatic Center for the past two summers.

“Water and swimming have always been my past-times,” Kelsie said.

Although born in Chino Valley, she spent much of her childhood in Page.

“Living in Page we spent a lot of time at Lake Powell and most of what I remember was swimming,” she recalled.

“At age 5 I was a proficient swimmer and was on the Junior Swim Team where I won several ribbons in swim competitions throughout elementary and middle school” she added.

This past year before the pool opened Kelsie took a 40-hour class through the Red Cross to become a Lifeguard/WSI (Water Safety Instructor).

“Not only am I trained to teach swimming lessons, but to teach children how to be safe around water. I teach a level-five class (Swordfish), the kids ages from 10 to 14 depending on their skill level. My class is to prepare them for competitive swimming and for emergencies in the water,” Kelsie explained.

Kelsie says nothing catastrophic has happened in the summers she has worked at the Aquatic Center and she thinks it is because of the diligence of the staff.

“Although the lifeguards may seem grumpy at times, it’s just to enforce the rules and keep everyone safe,” she smiled.

Kelsie is a very active young lady not only in her job, but she was extremely busy in high school, as a cheerleader, softball player, student representative on the school board, and a drummer and singer in the Praise Band at her church.

She will be off to Arizona State University in the fall on a $32,000 leadership scholarship.

“I’m hoping during the course of my college career I can also work as a lifeguard at one of the pools on campus,” Kelsie said.

But, for the rest of the summer, Kelsie is enjoying working at the Chino Valley pool and looking forward to all the “special pool engagements” that the Town has planned for the summer weekends.

“During the open swim hours on the weekends, we are having a luau, a disco party and a big celebration party for the 4th of July,” Kelsie said.

“The fun part of this for me is not only being around the water, but all the great kids, and as a job, it couldn’t be better for me,” she said.

“I really love this because the people of Chino Valley are getting the chance to see how a pool can bring a community together.”

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