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National Water Safety Month: Employee Spotlight

photo of Anthony Ettel

For city recreation to be fun, a few elements are usually in place: an enjoyable activity, a pleasant facility, and adequate equipment. An often overlooked part of the picture, however, are the people who help things run smoothly.  Whether it’s the person who handles your class registration, the maintenance crew, or staff who help get your game on, many hands are responsible for making the Seattle Parks and Recreation experience a good one.

At Southwest Pool, Senior Lifeguard Anthony “BC” Ettel is an employee whose positive efforts make a strong impression on colleagues and members of the public. Whether mentoring younger staff or explaining programs to potential students, what makes Anthony stand out is his approach to his job. He not only gives his time and attention with patience and a sincere desire to be useful, but works hard to connect with everyone from the youngest swimmers in the parent and tot class to the regular senior water exercisers. Anthony is one of the most requested swim instructors and his strong relationships with pool patrons have increased the sense of community at Southwest Pool.  He also makes special efforts for teens by teaching lifeguard classes to help them become certified, and assists many of them in getting hired as City lifeguards.

At SPR, lifeguards wear multiple hats: ensuring that swimmers stay safe, teaching lessons and classes, and coordinating with other staff members. To colleagues Anthony is a terrific trainer and helper, keeping them upbeat and informed. During an out of class assignment as Assistant Aquatics Coordinator, he cheerfully took on duties outside of that job description, made sure staff took care of themselves, and kept a pot of coffee on for his crew at all times.

Soon, Anthony will step into a new out of class opportunity as Assistant Aquatics Coordinator at Medgar Evers Pool. There’s no doubt his new patrons and colleagues will notice his positive presence and professionalism. Best of luck, Anthony, in your new adventure!