Colgate University is swinging back into session and that means a changing of the guards here at the Chenango Water Exercise Group (CWEG). We have had a wonderful group of summer guards working for us this season and we are now looking forward to returning students and meeting first years that sign-up for guard duty.

We said goodbye to the assistant coach that oversaw the pool activities this past year and have welcomed a new supervisor that will keep the guards scheduled, and on time. It is a difficult task with so many hours of pool activities but is essential to the operation of not just CWEG but open swim, swim team and any other groups that use Lineberry Natatorium.

Many thanks to all the young guards that took good care of us this summer. It is so very helpful to know that the pool is well covered in terms of lifeguards and that they are responsible and capable of doing the job. Even though there are very few incidents that require making an actual save, knowing that people are in the ready is very reassuring.

During the Colgate school year we have a larger turnover of staff as classes make it hard for the guards to be there for large blocks of time but we do get a regular cast of lifeguards as the semester progresses. Many enjoy the interaction they get with our clientele and become regulars during their years at Colgate.

With the safety of the patron and the state regulations that govern the operation of a swimming facility, we are very fortunate to have a large number of students that can fill the many slots of lifeguarding, not only for the CWEG program but for the many hours that are offered for open swimming.

April Cady, administrator of the Chenango Water Exercise Group, can be reached at 315-228-7621 or