The Mighty Mac Swim is in need of 17 certified lifeguards, 18 years of age and older. These are paid positions.
* The pay per lifeguard is $300 for the day (will be paid to you in full at the mandatory Marine Informational Meeting.)
* Free overnight lodging at the Normandy Motel in St. Ignace, if needed (the night before the swim). You will be sharing rooms with one or two lifeguards of the same gender.
* Complimentary Mighty Mac Swim jersey
* Free buffet at Finish Line Celebration
GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
Lifeguards will serve on power boats, a ferry, in dinghies, on personal watercraft and on the beach. All lifeguards must be prepared to enter the water for a rescue and may have to swim some distance to approach a swimmer.
* Lifeguards on power boats (support boats) and in dinghies will pull swimmers from the water on to the craft with the assistance of the First Mate or dinghy operator (whenever possible). Extracting a swimmer on to a dinghy requires assisting them over the side of the craft. Lifeguards will assist swimmers in transferring between vessels.
* Lifeguards on the ferry will assist swimmers boarding the vessel from the top or bottom of a man overboard ladder. Guards must be prepared to jump 5-6 feet from the deck of the ferry into the water.
* Lifeguards on personal watercraft will assist swimmers on to watercraft or on to the rescue device pulled behind the craft. Guards must be prepared to ride on the rescue device with the swimmer if necessary. Upon delivery of the swimmer to another vessel, Lifeguards will assist swimmers in climbing aboard.
* Beach Lifeguard and all Lifeguards on watercraft when near shore will assist kayakers who are performing a rescue with a rescue throw bag if possible.
* All Lifeguards on the water will also serve as Course Monitors, enforcing safety & competition rules, issuing warnings and reporting violators for extraction and/or disqualification.
* Rescue tube is required in every Lifeguard position and must be worn at all times when on duty.
* Hip or fanny pack containing CPR pocket mask & medical gloves must be worn by all Lifeguards.
* Whistle must be worn by all Lifeguards.
* Fins, as supplemental gear, is required for Support Boat Lifeguards and preferred for Ferry & Shuttle Dinghy Lifeguards.
* Attire: Lifeguards need not wear identifying clothing. Rather you should dress appropriately in preparation for entering upper 50’s to upper 60’s degree water. Neoprene attire is highly suggested. You may want to pack a bag to dry off and warm up if necessary (towel, blanket, overcoat) and have clothes to change into after the race. Be prepared to work in the rain (not severe weather or dangerous lake conditions) and dress appropriately for the weather. If you are on a personal watercraft please dress for being wet for 4-5 hours, before having access to your bag after the race.
* Neoprene socks are suggested for Beach Lifeguard to protect feet (lake bottom is rocky).
* Mask & Snorkel: May assist Lifeguard to better keep distressed swimmer in view while swimming distances from a support craft as quickly as possible.
* Life Vest: While a rescue tube serves as a flotation device for both the Lifeguard and the distressed swimmer, Lifeguards may choose to bring additional flotation for use in situations that may arise which they find uncomfortable. Life vests may be used which are designed to provide as much freedom of movement as possible and thereby not greatly inhibit the Lifeguard’s ability to perform rescues (i.e. Type V Special Use Devices). Craft operators will have life jackets available for marine emergencies, but they are likely to be bulky and restrictive for rescue swimmers.
NOTE: Swimmers are required to wear wetsuits & tow a swim buoy. Distressed swimmers should therefore remain on the surface of the water, making the need for Lifeguards to dive beneath the surface to reach a swimmer unlikely.
ATTENDANCE & REPORTING REQUIREMENTS:
Saturday, August 8, 2020 :
LIFEGUARDS SERVING ON SUPPORT BOATS, FERRY, SHUTTLE DINGHIES & PERSONAL WATERCRAFT - Must attend the Marine Informational Meeting held at the St. Ignace Marina at 2:00 p.m. Ferry lifeguards will also attend a breakout orientation session on the ferry if the vessel is available. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours.
BEACH LIFEGUARD - Must attend orientation, starting at 3:00 p.m. at Colonial Michilimackinac State Park. Orientation will continue and conclude at Bridge View Park. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours.
Sunday, August 9, 2020 - Race-Day Reporting Times:
SUPPORT BOAT LIFEGUARDS – Report to St. Ignace Marina no later than 5:30 a.m.
FERRY LIFEGUARDS – Report to Star Line Ferry dock #2 no later than 5:00 a.m. If the breakout orientation session was not held on the ferry during the Marine Informational Meeting the day prior, Ferry Lifeguards must report at 3:00 a.m.
SHUTTLE DINGHY LIFEGUARDS – Report to Mackinaw City Municipal Marina no later than 5:30 a.m.
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT LIFEGUARDS – Report to Mackinaw City Municipal Marina no later than 5:30 a.m.
BEACH LIFEGUARD – Report to the Colonial Michilimackinac State Park starting line no later than 6:00 a.m. After swim begins, report to Bridge View Park.
NOTE: Race day commitments are planned to conclude by noon.