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I Am a Lifeguard

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Last week i saved a drowning baby :) no joke,

    the dad replied with, "well we're not doing that again" and walked away
    analeadtheway analeadtheway 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 26

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    Is it just me or are there some extreme design

    flaws in Lifeguard Shepherds Crooks? They look like they could injury the person you're trying to help. They, Squidward Tentacles, suck eggs.
    MasWat MasWat 16-17, M Sep 22

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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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    Although I don't have a actual 'job' yet,

    I got my NLS ticket today, meaning that I can work professionally as a lifeguard! Huzza!
    dabram71 dabram71 16-17, M Jul 29

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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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    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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    wickedboredgirl wickedboredgirl 16-17, F May 8

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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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    Today I worked at the pool,

    this one guy rented the pool from 10 up to 12 for his daughters birthday, so I got to be their lifeguard, the kids had a lot of fun at the pool, I think the father was a bit more distracted with me then his two girls, he is really a nice guy, he hooks up peoples dish network for...
    jennylovestosmile jennylovestosmile 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 13

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    I did this course when I was 14 called surf

    life saving and after I became certified I was offered a part time job as a lifeguard and I've been with this club for 7 years now! I'd have to say the best advantage is spending most of my afternoons on the beach and having free access to the jet skis and surf boards :)
    ign0tus ign0tus 18-21, F Jun 15

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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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    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 became a lifeguard the last day of 2013.

    I am also a swim instructor and I couldn't be happier with my job and the people I'm surrounded by. Very thankful that my hard work paid off!
    ellyvee ellyvee 18-21, F Jan 29

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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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    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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