"It makes me feel safer:" Lifeguards return to Atwater Beach this summer

NOW: “It makes me feel safer:“ Lifeguards return to Atwater Beach this summer

SHOREWOOD (CBS 58) -- The Village of Shorewood partnered with Coastline Services to bring lifeguards back to Atwater Beach this summer. 

Last year, Atwater Beach did not have lifeguards because Milwaukee County Parks didn't get enough applicants. 

“When I found out that the village was not going to have lifeguards at Atwater beach. I mentioned to a couple trustees that I could provide lifeguards," said Eric Gietzen. 

Gietzen, a Shorewood High School teacher and member of the Surfrider Foundation started Coastline Services, LLC. For six months, Gietzen recruited and trained a group of lifeguards to keep Atwater safe. 

Saturday was their first day on duty this summer. 

"It went off without a hitch, lifeguards were ready. The patrons were very thankful to see lifeguards here. I can’t tell you how many people came up to thank me for providing lifeguards this summer," said Gietzen. 

Parents like Bianca Shaw said they are thankful for the lifeguards. 

“It makes me feel safer because to know I have an extra set of eyes out here with my daughter," said Shaw. 

Lifeguards will be on duty from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday from June 23 until August 19. 

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