Gabriel Shehan, 17, and Mikayla Friedman, 15, pull Dylan Broussard, 21, out of the water during a lifeguard training session in 2015. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The YMCA of Austin needs lifeguards and swim instructors to staff its pools this summer.

Itís an important job. Most people think theyíll recognize if someone is drowning. Television programs and movies have taught us that when someone drowns, they flail their arms and yell. Itís noisy and noticeable, right?

In reality, drowning is more often silent than splashy. Someone who is drowning gasps for air and doesnít waste effort waving his arms. He or she canít call for help Ė itís physiologically impossible.

Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. According to data from the USA Swimming Foundation, 70 percent of black, 60 percent of Hispanic and 40 percent of white children canít swim.

Thatís why the Y is recruiting 300 people to staff programs at branches across the city. Swim instructors and lifeguards get a free Y membership, discounts at several local businesses and flexible scheduling.

Not sure youíre ready to take the certification class required for employment? East Communities YMCA will offer Lifeguard 101, a free preparatory class that provides applicants with the skills they to conquer the certification course. Sessions are offered from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information go here.

For more information about applying for a job as a lifeguard, go here.

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