Feature Friday - Ryan Schuck
As a senior here at Ohio State, what are some of your interests and hobbies?
I am currently studying Anthropology. In my free time, I enjoy photography, traveling and fitness.
What made you decide to seek employmeny in aquatics?
I've been a lifeguard since I was 15. Having already been certified as a lifeguard, I knew I wouldn't need any extra training. I've been working in aquatics ever since. Now, I'm an Aquatics Facility Coordinator.
What type of training and experience must you have to work in aquatics?
As a lifeguard you need to be Red Cross certified. You can be a pool technician and receive training once hired. As a pool tech you will learn how to maintain the chemistry of the pool and clean the facility properly. Event techs help set up and run all our events we host such as big ten swim meets, NCAA championships and USA swimming and diving meets. Once you're a pool technician you can also take classes to become a lifeguard at a discount. Once you have been a lifeguard for a while you can apply for supervisor positions.
What other employment opportunities are available to students in aquatics?
Aside from lifeguard and pool tech, other positions include crew chief, aquatics facility coordinator, event tech and crew chief intern.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
In aquatics, I get to work with some amazing people. Aside from this, there are also a lot of benefits to working in aquatics. For example, you have the opportunity to receive incentive pay if you choose to stay over breaks such as Thanksgiving, winter, spring, or summer. You also get to watch top athletes compete. We have had a couple olympians swim and dive at our facility this school year already.
How does working in aquatics help you live a life in motion? What advice do you have for those who are trying to live a better life in motion?
For the most part, I am moving around a lot at work and I also have to do fitness swims weekly. For those trying to live a better life in motion, I would say try applying for a position in aquatics or another position in the Department of Recreational Sports! To do this, go to the rec sports page under "aquatics" then click "lifeguard employment opportunities" and you can click "apply." This will direct you to the application. Also you could go to the Buckeye Career Network and look under "Department of Recreational Sports-Office of Student Life!"