Disney College Program Lifeguard Role Interview with Justine Conry, Old Key West, ’16

Disney College Program Lifeguard Role Interview with Justine Conry, Old Key West, ’16

by Brittany DiCologero as well as Justine Conry

This Disney University Program function meeting includes Justine Conry, that functioned as a lifeguard at Old Secret West as well as Saratoga Springs throughout the 2016 Springtime Benefit program. Justine will certainly resume her duty as a lifeguard CP in the Fall 2017 program, and also she will certainly be finishing in May from CSU Long Beach where she majors in Film.

Q: What made you wish to do the Disney College Program?
A: I truly intended to do the program due to the fact that I had actually simply seen 2 of my actually buddies do their programs (one in Disneyland as well as the various other at Walt Disney World) and also it looked like an amazing chance. I was likewise on course to finish in Fall 2016, which would certainly have placed me in an odd location with leases as well as the opportunity of grad college, so I saw this as a break and also as a less costly option to researching abroad.

Picture: Justine Conry

Q: What was your duty and also place? Was it your front runner? Otherwise, what was?
A: My function was a lifeguard! My house place was Old Key West as well as I was additionally educated at Saratoga Springs! I additionally obtained released to Yacht & & Beach as well as Boardwalk. Lifeguarding had not been always my front runner however I assume I was simply satisfied to use and also I really did not actually care what function I had!

Q: What was your training like?
A: Training was A LOT. We had our swim examination a day or 2 after check-in so we can figure out if we were mosting likely to be a superficial or deep guard. After that simply eventually after Traditions, we began our Ellis training. Ellis is the nationwide team that licenses CPR and also water rescue abilities as well as Disney needs you to pass their training prior to entering into your real place training. Your area training may be pressed back if you do not pass Ellis.

Photo: Justine Conry

It had to do with 3 days long as well as I was worried, yet I passed the very first time as well as it was great. We after that entered into our area training which had to do with 4 days. Back for my program, guards were educated at both OKW as well as SSR so we had a day or 2 at each. Currently, the hotels are divided so you just obtain educated at one.

Q: What did you like a lot of around your duty?
A: I LOVED the hrs! You would certainly obtain either the early morning or graveyard shift and also as a CP I usually obtained the graveyard shift, which was from regarding 3:00 pm to concerning 10:30 pm. Never ever prematurely, never ever far too late. My area likewise had one of the most remarkable guards, the whole leisure group seemed like a little household as well as I liked it. Likewise, my tan was the very best point worldwide. Honestly likewise that photo [over] with Olaf desired 5 months of remaining in the sunlight virtually 24/7 so I would certainly likewise alert any person there throughout the spring/summer to make use of great deals of sun block unless you wish to wind up that dark!

Picture: Justine Conry

Q: What did you like the very least?
A: As a lifeguard, I seemed like I was under consistent stress and anxiety since individuals actually COULD pass away if you really did not do your work properly. That tinkered my stress and anxiety a whole lot in the beginning, yet I had the ability to regulate that after concerning a month. Ellis can likewise visit whenever they desire and also carry out arbitrary examinations simply to ensure the group recognizes their things, which additionally made me extremely paranoid (yet fortunately I constantly missed them and also I really felt honored). That sensation of anxiousness is possibly the most awful component of protecting yet that can additionally simply be since I’m a nervous individual.

Q: Would you suggest this duty to a pal?
A:I assume I would certainly suggest it! We never ever needed to straight-out manage upset visitors unlike individuals in the parks and also it behaved to operate at a hotel far from all business of the parks.

Photo: Justine Conry

Q: What guidance would certainly you have for brand-new CPs in this function?
A:For brand-new CPs, I would certainly simply state to attempt not to tension excessive. Your Ellis instructors and also your area fitness instructors are all there to aid you do well and also they will certainly aid you out. You’ll have a lifeguard family members as well as it’s impressive. They will certainly aid you throughout your hard jampacked days and also keep in mind to lean on them if you’re emphasizing way too much.

Q: What have you depended on because your program finished?
A: Since my program finished, I returned to CSU Long Beach as well as will certainly be finishing with my bachelor’s degree in Film as well as a small in Classics. I presently function as an Attractions Centimeters at Disneyland and also will certainly be returning to WDW for my CP in Fall 2017.

Photo: Justine Conry

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