San Gabriel Sea Gulls

Water Safety Library by Coach George Young


WELCOME to the San Gabriel Sea Gulls (SGSG) Water Safety Page!



The page is developed to promote, enhance and educate any interested individuals wanting to know more about water safety awareness. Feel free to check out any articles in the archives below, as well as the most current one.

Head Coach of SGSG, George Young has been promoting water safety awareness for decades and has blended competitive swimming and water safety to enrich all that aquatics have to offer.

This section is dedicated to the following individuals stated below in honor of the each of their willingness to make aquatics around them a little bit better: Don Lamont, John McClain, Coach Schron, Joe Golden, Dr. Tom Griffiths, WSGVY finest Elaine and Phillis, City of San Gabriel Legends George Kotchnik and Robert Harris, and the National Prevention of Drowning Association.

All articles stored in this section are the personal views of Coach George Young and do not necessary reflect the views of the USA Swimming Age Group Swim Team, San Gabriel Sea Gulls. Any reproduction or use of the articles disclosed must have approval of the host and Coach George Young.



The Shortage of Solid and Well-trained Lifeguards will Only Get Worse before It Gets Better….
submitted by George Young on 11/20/2020

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a shortage of lifeguards. During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, there will still be a shortage of well-trained lifeguards. GY

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, most aquatic facilities that could open for business were steps behind on conducting the in-water service staff training sessions needed for the lifeguards. Many restrictions, liability issues, and just wanting to move forward with opening pools in the small window that partly open have led to poor in-service training for lifeguards. In LA County, the restrictions were intense and needed. The American Red Cross extending lifeguard certifications with a simple on-line review was needed. The aquatic field did what was needed to open the pools. The one limitation on opening pools that was extremely difficult was conducting in-water training for the aquatic staff. Now for some daydreaming -- George’s dreamy insight……..

If I had unlimited wealth, this is just of the things I would do to ensure a safer aquatic environment for all. I would put together an epic Hollywood production to promote this campaign. Oh, the campaign is providing training for lifeguards under any circumstances. Can you imagine Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Jessica Alba, and Keira Knightley all four sharing the stage getting everyone excited about being a well-trained lifeguard? Then you throw in a few short bits between it all with Jack Nicholson, kind of scary oversite of drowning. Then to top it off, Denzel Washington's closing remarks purely motivating everyone to do the best you can. That will, in an epic way, take care of the marketing! One may ask, what exactly are they marketing? The borrowing of lifeguard training manakins for in-service training during the COVID-19 pandemic. An established foundation lead by the aquatic’s finest to ensure the safety of all! A foundation that will enable aquatic facilities to borrow lifeguard training manakins at no cost.

What  makes this so interesting is a finger has been pointed at an individual and not the agency he works under nor the supervisor that supervises him nor the board of directors that are the owners of the pool. This could be BIG and the Aquatic Magazine labels it as a Game Changer.

Remember, money will not be an issue; the founder of the foundation has bottomless pockets. I am not endorsing or under contract with the following company, but as easy as one-stop shopping, they have almost all that is needed, check out The Lifeguard Store web-site for the following rescue products; Child and adult water rescue manakins, silhouette dolls, and my favorite beast of water rescuing the Snyder Training manakin all ready to be checked out to aid aquatic facilities in staff in-service training. Allowing the agencies to use the water rescue manikins for training will only enhance the safer pool concept and, hopefully, create a gateway for the best-trained lifeguards for all.

Not a true story BUT a true dream ……

Arranged by non-bottomless pockets, George Young


2020 Article Archives

- 2020.11.12 The Three Things I learned as A Swim Coach and A Water Safety Activist during COVID-19


2017 Article Archives

- 2017.09.23 Recap of Busy Aquatic Season

- 2017.05.31 Ground Breaking Thoughts about Water Safety

- 2017.05.27 Water Safety Awareness with a twist of general summer safeguards


2016 Article Archives

- 2016.10.04 Several Water Safety Notes

- 2016.08.22 Review of ARC Jan 2016 'Proceeding'

- 2016.03.26 Part 2 of what is with the NEW ARC safety Classes

- 2016.03.09 Part 1 of what is with the NEW ARC safety Classes


2015 Article Archives

- 2015.03.05 Rescue Tube Project

- 2015.01.15 Keeping it Fresh : Skill Retention


2014 Article Archives

- 2014.09.18 End of Summer Snapshot

- 2014.05.31 Peeing in the Pool

- 2014.05.19 NCHS Report on Unintentional Drowning Deaths

- 2014.02.13 Safety First is theme of this announcement

- 2014.02.06 This Could Be BIG! - Texas case


2013 Article Archives

- 2013.05.28 CPSC drowning report 2013

- 2013.04.29  A Fast Pool is usually a very proficiency pool

- 2013.04.16  Offering ARC Lifeguarding Class

- 2013.01.23  Water Safety Tips #4 Pre Spring


2012 Article Archives

- 2012.09.04  Offering ARC Lifeguarding Class

- 2012.05.24  Facts about Water Safety Awareness

- 2012.05.17  Back to Back to Back WS

- 2012.04.12  Lifeguarding at Swim Meets

- 2012.03.17  Shallow Water Drowning

- 2012.03.06  Review of New ARC Class

- 2012.02.05  News Concerning New ARC Lifeguarding Class

- 2012.01.18  Layers of Protection - Backyard Pool, Smith Park Pool


2011 Article Archives

- 2011.12.26  ARC Class Updates

- 2011.12.10  ARC New Lifeguarding Class Preview

- 2011.09.21  Water Safety Highlights of Summer 2011

- 2011.06.28  Lifejackets! (2)  Will lifejackets save lives?

- 2011.05.17  Lifejackets! (1)  Will lifejackets save lives?

- 2011.04.06  Safety First! - South Carolina & Texas strong approach to Water Safety

- 2011.04.02  Ten Eye Opening Facts concerning Water Safety Awareness

- 2011.03.02  Management Tips


George Young is a well-rounded aquatic enthusiast specializing in all aspects of water.  George has been a professional swim coach specializing in developing age group swimmers for more than 32 years.  George swam competitively for 10 years and reached the national level of the sport.  George is also very active in the management side of aquatics.  He has more than 19 years of experience as an aquatic director/pool manager and is a current Certified Pool Operator.  George’s involvement in promoting water safety awareness won him the USA Swimming Safety Commendation Award in 2001.  He is a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor IT and has trained over 300 lifeguards & swim instructors.  George resides in San Gabriel California and is a proud father of two sons, Sean and Evan and is happily married to wife Yuki.