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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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    wickedboredgirl wickedboredgirl 16-17, F May 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Am far more caring. And thoughtfull. When with others they panic. Am so deep they beg for a lifeguard. Lmao.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Nov 28

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    I almost drowned in a public swimming pool last year, the lifeguard had to pull me out.
    iamoshux85 iamoshux85 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 30

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    Any nurses,lifeguard, or cheerleaders out there?
    news4you news4you 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 30

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    I'm honestly tired living in this cesspool of society. It's grimy, fowl, greasy, and has a strong and forceful stench to it. I didn't decide to be here, the world did. They threw...
    fadingintoexistance fadingintoexistance 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 4

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    I had a dream about me and my close friend that I've known since birth and we call each other cousins. We were on the beach and my friend found a baby dolphin and we had a photo...
    Chloec16 Chloec16 18-21, F Dec 7

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    But dig somewhat further and it gets harder to pigeonhole her. The actress, creator (her 2004 novel Star made it on to the The big apple Timesbestseller listing and its sequel...
    Matthew3077wxd2 Matthew3077wxd2 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 11

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    25 Facts About Me 1. My name is Andrea. 2. I am from Texas. 3. My favorite color is pink. 4. I love to listen to rock music. 5. I don't go out that much. 6. I have two best...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I was going down this water slide on a tube, and I flipped over midway down. I didn't realize it when it happened, but my swimsuit got caught on the handle of the tube. When I got...
    SerSean SerSean 18-21, M 21 hrs ago

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