Abrahamson is aquatics coordinator for the family water park, the Olympic-size pool, and the diving well at the city’s community center. That means she gets to juggle all the regular hours, swimming lessons, high school meets, birthday party rentals, special events, and swim club activities – all while making sure the center’s dues-paying members have the opportunity to swim laps when they want to.
Often the most important part of her job, however, is recruiting, training and supervising the pools’ lifeguards. “Most of them are between 15 and 20,” she says. “For many of them, this is their first job, and there’s a lot of responsibility, a very high level of responsibility. So a lot of times, I’m a coach. I’m kind of shaping their lives and making them who they are.”