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I Am a Lifeguard

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    First Save

    I've been a lifeguard for less than a year now. And the only injuries I have dealt with are scraped toes or knees. one bloody nose. (which I don't understand why they came to me when there was anther guard right by them....) I have had 1 and a half drownings. And another two...
    MixyChan MixyChan 18-21 Mar 6, 2012

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    I work at a place with 3 pools,

    one with a deep end. Normally we don't let them kids into that pool, but this one time a dad with 3 kids insisted on bringing them into dive... Was very reluctant but he insisted and threatened to go the management (wtf?). Anyway, long story short the dad decided to take a...
    illfatedwren illfatedwren 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 12

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    Robert Q

    I first recieved my jr lifeguard cert in 1971 at Ft. Bragg, NC. I have worked in water safety every since. In 1984 I worked as a lake lifeguard and parasail boat driver for the us gov't at lake thurmond in Ga. I then worked as a pool manager for the Augusta Rec Dep.. I worked...
    stormyH20 stormyH20 41-45 1 Response Jan 28, 2011

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    First Rescue

    I work at a waterpark, so the first rescue (save) is a little more understated than at pools, which seem to be more welcoming of that kind of thing. Rescues are generally discouraged, whereas "assists" -extending your tube to the victim- are rewarded. Anyway, my first...
    VA VA 16-18, F 3 Responses Jun 30, 2008

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    Lgi

    My pool has lifeguard supervisors that arent certified as LGI's is that legal in the state of Minnesota?
    InvertedPenquin InvertedPenquin 18-21 1 Response Jul 14, 2011

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    Save Today

    I've only been a lifeguard for a few months now but I have had a bunch of saves. However, today I had a save that freaked me out. I was lifeguard 5 which sits at the bottom of the slide. A dad went down with his three year old girl and set her on the ledge so he could catch his...
    Kaity5 Kaity5 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 3, 2012

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    National Save The Whistles

    Been a lifeguard for a long time and i've had a lot of fun while doing it. But we never get good staff shirts. so i made one of my own and its up for sale if any guard wants one. www.teespring.com/nswf $13.25 plus s&h.
    Bbruce08 Bbruce08 31-35, M Aug 5, 2013

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    I Don't Get No Respect. No Respect At All...

    I am going to be entering my 5th year as a lifeguard. I've been working at the local lake the whole time and it has been a mix of good and bad times. I love working as a lifeguard! IT has to be the greatest summer job out there. Working outside, sitting the whole time, and on...
    wikedjester wikedjester 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 26, 2010

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    1st Save?

    I don't know about you, but at my pool, your first save is like a rite of passage.  I just got mine the other day, after guarding for a year.  its about time!  anyways, it was pretty funny.  my manager periodically walks around and makes sure that the guards...
    chocchipkookie93 chocchipkookie93 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 25, 2008

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    Water Safety Class

    I know how to rescue people from the water I'm just not old enough to get a job lifeguarding
    Gabgirl15 Gabgirl15 13-15, F Sep 30, 2012

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    Never Made A Save...

    Although they say that most lifeguard's first save is like the right of passage. I disagree. I lifeguard at 3 pools, have my WSI (Water Saftey Instructor), and I am now getting my Lifeguard Instructor certification. I remember getting trained, I was told that a good lifeguard...
    PTLifeguard8 PTLifeguard8 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 16, 2012

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    I Love Being A Lifeguard

    This is my second year guarding. My first year was cool. I haven't had to do a recuse (YET) but I know my time is coming! I know it's like a right's of passage kinda thing. But I love my job, I can't till the season starts! I'm so excited! And another reason why I like this job...
    tiahlee29 tiahlee29 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 17, 2010

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    Mortification.

    I saw this writing prompt online, and figured I might as well share my story somewhere...   Why were you mortified?  Write about a true embarrassing moment as though it was happening in slow motion.          ...
    chocchipkookie93 chocchipkookie93 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 13, 2008

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    Love It

    I am a lifeguard for the Girl Scouts and proud of it.I have been doing for about 7 years now (since I was 16 when I was a junior guard). Last year I was named Head Lifeguard for the camp that I work at.While I have not done a full on rescue, I have pulled girls out of the water...
    ladysora ladysora 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 1, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    I'm a lifeguard, college student, daughter, sister, cousin, friend, etc. but I'm not like everyone else I don't know what they except from me. But since I'm a lifeguard everyone is...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F Apr 9

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    I told my parents I was gay when I was 16. I grew up in a very Mormon household so it didn't go over well. My mom told me she couldn't deal with me going to hell, and my dad...
    mybonerandme mybonerandme 18-21, M 5 Responses Mar 21

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    I once went to the hotel pool and left my room with just my bathing suit. I left the hotel room key under a plant just in case. So I was a normal teen boy swimming and my nipple...
    larson101 larson101 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 27

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    Well no one ever texts me or talks to me so I'm pretty much a loner. But I'm kind of used to it. All I have been focusing on is school and working and eating healthy. I start my...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    I always have been. In those pre-teen years, I knew I loved girls and never thought anything about it...some girls liked guys, I liked girls and that's just way it was. I loved...
    SunnyJohansen SunnyJohansen 26-30, F 7 Responses Apr 3

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    I haven't talked to anybody lately actually. All I have been doing is focusing on school and myself. I began eating healthy and working out again everyday. So far this is my 2nd...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    I'm a lifeguard/swimmer/swimming instructor. Today my first day back to work went pretty well(:
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F Apr 5

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    This is the most embarrassing thing that happened in my life. 3 years ago, when I was a 12 year old boy, I have swum in a pool and walked home naked. It was actually an accident...
    toby1219 toby1219 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 8

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    It happened last year during my vacations in P. vallarta Mex. i was on the beach enjoying my last day in mexico, it was late around 7pm just before the sunset. there were around 30...
    simitrio simitrio 22-25, M Apr 8

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    I'm a lifeguard and a water safety instructor well a swimming instructor. I love my job, I love teaching kids how to swim. But the problem is I don't like the people that I work...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    I've seen a big difference in myself. I am so glad I quit my job from school, it was too much for me and it was taking away my studying time for my classes. I'm taking 12 hours...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    When I was 11 I went to a water park and I decided to go down a huge water slide plus the tunnel was dark inside. So i went down and it felt like forever so I ended up falling...
    eyeliah eyeliah 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I was diagnose with hyper prolactin after a 500 prolactin level and after a mri with a hyperplas pituitary gland .After 2 months in cabergoline and feeling weak dizzy head aches I...
    lifeguardpr lifeguardpr 36-40, M 4 days ago

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    Steven Wright quotes....check dis out Remember, half the people you know are below average. He who laughs last, thinks slowest. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm...
    BlueNinja2 BlueNinja2 31-35, M 1 day ago

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