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I Am a Lifeguard

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    wickedboredgirl wickedboredgirl 16-17, F May 8

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I'm a white water rafting guide and work as a lifeguard on my off days. It's not so bad- I get to people watch and when My trunks are still wet I can do what I please ;)
    collegeman collegeman 22-25, M 6 hrs ago

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    I'm a 22 year old man and I am 5-2. Now you are reading this and thinking, "he's so short, not very hard for his sister to be taller than him". Well not only do I have 3 sisters...
    Carlsoncarly Carlsoncarly 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 31

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    This was the most amazing dream of my life, BY FAR. It began like this... I was lying down at the local Siesta Key Beach on a towel in the sand. Bed posts were erected out of...
    Mquo Mquo 18-21, F 11 hrs ago

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    I'm 25 years old, and have had 13 different jobs in the past 10 years. I kept one Deli/ Grocery job for 3 1/2 years but momentarily quit for 6 weeks, and was re-hired. While...
    sasquatch88 sasquatch88 22-25, M Jul 21

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    Another pool story. A couple of years ago during an unusally hot spring day I went to the pool at the nearby park. Since I was going to change when I got there anyway I just wore...
    fshlor fshlor 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 22

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    okay so my mom is 51. so the other day we were at this public pool and she does a full backflip of the diving board!! i read the lifeguards lips and she had said "O MY GOD THAT OLD...
    piercethemack piercethemack 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 4

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    My name is Macy I am 19 live in south Florida and I am always barefoot. I started my new full time job Yesterday as a lifeguard at a local pool so I burned all my shoes and socks...
    macyisalesbian macyisalesbian 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    Take away surplus mesh. Making use of pliers, untwist the best and bottom loops on 1 strand of wire wherever you want to separate the mesh. Get the job done the freed strand out of...
    Tyreexoh Tyreexoh 31-35, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    HELP I am DEATHLY terrified of pool drains pool filters and pool lights. It's weird because I'm a swimmer and lifeguard.
    Spcowgirl Spcowgirl 13-15, F Jul 23

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    I have a boyfriend. This is my first relationship. I'm still pretty young. I'm a college student But right now I'm a full time lifeguard and swimming instructor My little job on...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 27

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    Guardian because I work as a lifeguard. Lol simple
    guardian96 guardian96 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 29

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    My anxiety affects everything, even dreams. I had a dream I was lifeguarding at work as usual and pulled a small child out of the water who was gray from not breathing. I figure I...
    guardian96 guardian96 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 29

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    Descriptions of people you may know! Some useful descriptions of people you may come into contact with from day to day. 1. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. 2. Got into...
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    I haven't seen my boyfriend in over 3 weeks I know that doesn't sound that long to you But I've been waiting patiently to see him again We've been talking on the phone for those...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    I'm a lifeguard, and I pulled a kid off the bottom of the deep end. It was shocking how quickly he just sank, unable to swim at all. And I just thought 'okay you're going to do...
    kaykoi kaykoi 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 2

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    JohnSnow44 JohnSnow44 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 3

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    I saved this old lady who was having a seizure in the pool, cause who knows where the lazy *** lifeguard was. And then my nephew who jumped in the pool without arm floaties -_...
    ciciyoshi ciciyoshi 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 3

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    I really enjoyed being a lifeguard. Till that blue kid got me fired!
    RoughRed RoughRed 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 6

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    I have flashed a lifeguard and the people in the area. And my gf sees me naked all the time
    Love1126 Love1126 22-25 1 Response Aug 11

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    I was 12 or 13. I went to one of my favorite amusement parks with my grandma. She ran a preschool/daycare center back then, and would always take the kids to the park each summer...
    DaQueenB92 DaQueenB92 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    Alvera964pn Alvera964pn 31-35, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    My name is Macy I am 19 and I am barefoot full time. I started a new job as a lifeguard at a local pool last week so I never wear shoes. I burned all my shoes and socks and will...
    macyisalesbian macyisalesbian 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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