Grenada recently appointed its first female lifeguard, Mia Benjamin, who started three weeks ago. With 15 male lifeguards on their lifeguard staff, they were pleased to announce this recent hire.
Benjamin has a strong swimming background. She is a national swimmer for Grenada, attended the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014 and is currently a swimmer and a swim coach for the Sailfish Swim Club.
Benjamin already loves her job and talks kindly about how great the other lifeguards are to her. She gets hassled on the beach at times by boys who are pretending to drown so they can be saved by a cute lifeguard or someone telling her that women should not be lifeguards, but she is more than qualified with six years as a lifeguard and with the second-fastest time of all the Grenada Lifeguards for her swim/run time.
Benjamin has gotten to know some of her beach walkers and swimmers well and has been gifted along with other lifeguards mangoes in the morning. Sometimes Benjamin and Johnny Thompson, another lifeguard, start their mornings off with a prayer and the early swimmers come and join in. The community interaction has been wonderful.
Grenada Lifeguards is providing Lifeguarding services to the Ministry of Tourism for Grand Anse and Bathway beaches. The lifeguards are all Red Cross certified.