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I Am a Lifeguard

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    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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    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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    I remember when i was 16,

    my mom came into my room, and she went to my dresser and got out one of my bikinis, and she came over to my bed and drop it on my bed, she told me to get this on, and she told me i have a job interview, it took me a few minutes to realize what just happen, so i did as she said...
    kimheart1992 kimheart1992 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 21

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    wickedboredgirl wickedboredgirl 18-21, F May 8, 2014

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    Woo! NLS - water park option starts today!

    Super excited! More lifesaving! (Though probably more learning to clean waterslides...)
    dabram71 dabram71 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 16, 2014

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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 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 30, 2008

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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 18-21, M Sep 22, 2014

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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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    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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    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 16-17, F Jul 26, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 was so hard to pass the test

    but now I get money to sit down and watch kids swim ;)
    Frozenfireflies Frozenfireflies 13-15, M Mar 26

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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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Mar 12, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    In my dream i was at the YMCA pool swimming with my friend Harry. At the pool there was a young lifeguard doing her job. That day was also the day my heart gave out in the water...
    sarahhoek sarahhoek 18-21, F 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    This appeared in the Onion for beach safety... lol The return of warm temperatures and summer sun means many families and friends are hitting the beach to swim, sunbathe, and...
    drooniedat drooniedat 36-40, M 1 day ago

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    Anybody remember Bobby Gimby? I remember 48 years ago my little town opened its first and only centennial swimming pool to his song. Ten years later a pretty young lady from a...
    HippyJoe HippyJoe 56-60, M 1 day ago

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    So first of all its a girl I met online two years ago. We live almost 2000 kilometers away. We never really thought we would be more than friends. But we have been calling and...
    EternalSolitude EternalSolitude 16-17, M 2 days ago

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    I got caught taking a pee in the local swimming pool today. The lifeguard shouted at me so loud, I nearly fell in.
    csouls csouls 36-40, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    learnt as a lifeguard and actually saved lives,everyone should be taught the basics PROPERLY though.
    waxfootback waxfootback 46-50, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    1. I am 16 years old 2. I love shoujo manga 3. I love to draw 4. I am filipino 5. I am a junior 6. I work as a lifeguard and an autistic swim teacher 7. I am the childish one in my...
    wchubb wchubb 16-17, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    These are my favorite I found on the internet and I would give them credit but I forget a name of that site. How does NASA organize their company parties? They planet. You kill...
    Ariamis Ariamis 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    One day I went to the beach with my family but with no grown ups 16 and less the beach was strong and the lifeguard raised the yellow flag we went into the water and after 50 or 40...
    WeirdWorldXx WeirdWorldXx 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    If a gun was given to each human being right now , I could just imagine how many people would be ready to pull the trigger . life just seems to be getting worse and worse. The days...
    Purpletears17 Purpletears17 16-17, F Jun 22

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    I am a 13 year old white girl and I was at the pool earlier today with several of my friends. While we were at the pool there was this black boy - probably about 9 or 10 years old...
    danielleloves2havefun danielleloves2havefun 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 21

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    During the summer of1991, I stopped my bike at the side of a country road in SE rural Minnesota, lay it by the side of the road, and started climbing a rockface where a passageway...
    BluffCountry BluffCountry 41-45 1 Response Jun 19

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    The entire stretch of those two hours, a meditation, a ritual. I greet the lifeguards, I pour coffee. I walk into the locker room, I undress, hang my stuff, change into my swimsuit...
    meowmermaid meowmermaid 36-40, F 6 Responses Jun 14

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    1) my name is Jimmy. 2) i love to fish. main hobby of mine. 3) im huge music fan (hard rock) 4) im from Philadelphia 5) im going into my 2nd year of college. 6) snakes and sharks...
    JAK7796 JAK7796 18-21, M Jun 4

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