Meet Aliaya Blair and Arturo Sosa, two of the lifeguards taking shifts at the New Town pool this summer. They are part of a larger team of lifeguards (in fact, Aliaya and Arturo have an apartment for the summer with two other lifeguards) that may draw assignments at our pool, but also may work shifts at Stone Hill, Green Springs or other area pools.
Aliaya is studying pharmacy in her native Jamaica. She lives in St. Catherine Parish, not far from Kingston. She attends the University of West Indies, where she has three years remaining.
She has been to the US several times before to visit relatives in NY, NJ and OH. When she visits, her favorite thing in the US that is unavailable in Jamaica is Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts
Arturo is in the US for the first time this summer. He is from the Dominican Republic. He had been in Williamsburg only about two weeks at the time of our interview but he is already liking it. He had also spent time in MD for training. He too mentions food (pizza and Chick Fil-A) as significant attractions of being in the US.
Arturo is studying medicine. He has two and half years left at university, but at 22, it seems likely he will have many years of additional training left to reach his goal of being an MD. While in the US, he plans to get up to New York City to visit an uncle before returning home.
When asked what safety rules they want to emphasize, both Aliaya and Arturo say first, “No running.” Arturo adds, “No diving.” The classics.
Enjoy the pool. Be safe. Share something cold with a lifeguard.