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Valeria Shelukhina, an 18-year-old student from Kyiv, came across a notice in spring advertising “the best summer job.”

She applied immediately, passed the required tests and was hired in May. Her job equipment: a swimsuit, swimming shorts and a whistle.

That’s because Shelukhina, a former professional swimmer, is now a lifeguard of the Kyiv’s Beach Patrol, patrolling Venetian Beach in Hydropark, the island park on Kyiv’s Dnipro River.
She hasn’t had to pull anyone from the water yet, and for a lifeguard, that’s a good sign, she says.

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