My Love-Hate Relationship With Being A Lifeguard
Start writing a post
Student Life

My Love-Hate Relationship With Being A Lifeguard

It's both the best and worst job you'll ever have.

37
My Love-Hate Relationship With Being A Lifeguard
Pexels

Lifeguarding is the definition of having a love/hate relationship with a job. Trust me, I'm on my fifth year, and every year I promise myself that it's my last, yet somehow I get sucked back in. Here's a few reasons why:

The view is unbeatable.

There's nothing better than spending every day out on the beach. I'd pick sitting out in beautiful 80-degree weather overlooking a beautiful lake, over an office job any day. Sure it's hot, but who cares? We're getting tan and when it rains, we get the day off!

Correction, when there's lightning or thunder we get the day off.

I can't tell you how many times I've stood outside in the rain just praying over and over again that there would be one bolt of lightning so we could clear the beach. One, just one, that's all we need. Lifeguarding in the rain is almost always miserable, but getting to be the only ones who take a dip after we clear the beach isn't half bad.

It's kind of fun being able to tell people what to do.

For most of us, it's the first time that we are 100 percent in charge. Even the adults can't tell us what to do. When we're on guard, what we say, goes; that's a pretty great feeling.

We don't love yelling at you a million times.

Really, I promise that a lot of time we do feel bad for yelling at you, when half the things you're doing actually look really fun. I'd love to do a flip off the raft or swim way past the buoy line, but it's our job to enforce the rules. We aren't trying to be mean or ruin your day, but if the roles were switched I'm sure that you'd be yelling at me too.

We easily win for being the one who got the best tan.

I'm telling you, it takes a matter of two weeks to build up a pretty great tan. With literally no effort at all, we're dark as can be—it's great. And we're even being paid sit outside and tan.

Nobody likes the tan lines.

It's insanely difficult trying to fix guard suit tan lines—it's nearly impossible. Once they're there, they are there for good. I literally have them from when the season ends in August all the way to when it starts back up again the end of May. No amount of time spent going to the tanning beds will fix it.

There's a lot of free time.

We all become pretty close because when there's nobody swimming, the only thing you can do is talk to the other lifeguards. You become really close, really fast when you work an 8-hour shift with another guard and nobody comes to swim.

Re-certification and drills are awful.

Whether it's a surprise drill or an extremely in depth test after being a guard for two years, recalling the little details of our certification is always a lot scarier than it needs to be. In an actual emergency, we act out of instinct, but tell us to save another lifeguard and we all go into panic mode.

We all form an awesome relationship with each other.

I can't tell you how easy it is to bond with not only your team of lifeguards, but also random lifeguards I meet other places. We all go through the same things, think the same thoughts, are frustrated with the same things, but can't seem to give up the job. In an emergency, we can't do it alone, so we really learn to trust each other.

I promise you, lifeguarding is one of the best and worst jobs you will ever have.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

41867
​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

60869
The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

The Six Most Iconic Pitbull Lyrics Of All Time

Mr. Worldwide just wants to see you succeed.

79126
a photo of artist Pitbull

It is no secret that Pitbull is a gifted artist, but many fail to remember that he can be a source of great inspiration as well. The following is a list of iconic Pitbull lyrics that we know and love. Read on to feel empowered — if you think you can handle it.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

11 Essential Expectations for Becoming the Ultimate Cheermeister

Mastering Festive Expectations: Tips to Shine as Your Holiday Cheermeister

110584
Crazy for Christmas

So you’ve elected yourself as this year's Holiday Cheermeister, there’s no shame in that. The holidays are your pride and joy, and you've taken on the responsibility to get everyone in the spirit. With only one week until Christmas, here are some things we expect from you, Cheermeister.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments