Elliman agent Andrey Trigubovich is not only an expert in real estate, he is also experienced in saving lives. A former Olympic swimmer, Andrey now spends his time in the East Hampton volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. Elliman Insider sat down with Andrey to find out how he got his start in the water and what he loves about the real estate business.
“I believe real estate can be a rough ocean. Sometimes you need a good, professional lifeguard watching over you.” – Andrey Trigubovich
Elliman Insider: You were recruited by the Olympic swim team for Belarus when you were a child. What was that experience like and did you always know you loved being in the water?
Andrey Trigubovich: I grew up near river Volga in Russia and always loved to be near the water. I started swimming when I was 7 years old. At the age of 15 I joined school of Olympic reserve in Minsk, Belarus. It was like a full time job.
My day looked like this:
6:10 wake up.
7-8am commute to the pool.
Swim practice 8-10am.
An hour commute to school
11:30-4 in school
An hour commute back to the pool.
5-5:45 dry land training
6-7:30 swim practice.
Home around 8:15
Swim-eat-sleep-repeat, as they say.
Competition and different tournaments drove me to train hard almost everyday. Sunday was my day off.
Elliman Insider: You are also a lieutenant on the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. Describe a typical day in the life—do you find yourself saving a lot of swimmers throughout the year?
AT: I’ve been part of OR (East Hampton volunteer ocean rescue squad) for almost 12 years and just became a lieutenant recently. It’s mostly an organizational position. At the end of the day we are all rescue swimmers and are there 24/7 to save lives in any water emergencies. 12 years ago when I just became an ocean lifeguard we had many rescues. It’s hard to count on a daily basis because everything depends on weather conditions. On a calm day you might have nothing, but usually there are 2-3 rescues per day. On a day with stronger rip currents we would have about 10-15 rescues per day. With ocean rescue it all depends on the year. We have about 5-15 rescues per summer in addition to what lifeguards do during the working hours. Also, we are involved in safety control for all open water swim events in East Hampton and triathlons, standup paddles etc. We have several meetings and trainings/drills per month.
Elliman Insider: How did you get your start as a real estate agent?
Elliman Insider: What made you want to join Douglas Elliman?
Elliman Insider: How do you balance your time between these incredible volunteer opportunities and being a real estate agent?
AT: Thankfully all the volunteer work doesn’t take too much time. Our main goal is always to be ready and be on call with all the gear in the car. We have pagers and radios to communicate with 911 dispatch and other officers. All trainings/meetings are early in the morning or later in the evening, so there are no conflicts with my real estate at all.
Elliman Insider: Do you find that some of your skills needed as a volunteer rescue lifeguard and/or firefighter carry over into the world of real estate?
AT: I believe real estate can be a rough ocean. Sometimes you need a good, professional lifeguard watching over you.
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