13 Things Only Lifeguards Understand

13 Things Only Lifeguards Understand

"Our team is the elite of the elite" - Mitch, Baywatch


I love being a lifeguard - but there are some things that we are the only ones who understand.


They just never listen except after they get yelled at or actually fall on the pool deck and need first aid.

2. Time to go means TIME TO GET OUT OF THE POOL

When lifeguards blow the whistle and tell you to get out because either they are on break or the pool is closed, it doesn't mean go off the high dive again, or go off the rope swing, or jump back in - it means get out.

3. In-services are a nightmare

In-services are when lifeguards have to prove that they are still up to date on their life-saving skills, requiring a 300 swim, a 10-pound brick saving test, 2-minute tread, and then going through all of the life-saving scenarios and hoping to successfully pass each one. Sometimes it's once every two weeks, once a week, or maybe each day depending on who you work for. It is really annoying when you forget you have one and realize you have to do a full workout.

4. Lifeguards love the water and hate the water. 

We spend every single day at the pool. Every morning we have to wake up and put on a soaking wet suit and jump into cold water at 9 am. That's not exactly ideal. Lifeguards love the pool and it's their home but that doesn't mean we want to be sopping wet for 12 hours a day. And for fun, lifeguards love to have pushing wars and often times the person who pushes goes down with them.

5. When people try and talk to you in the chair

I don't mean to be rude, but we are supposed to be scanning the pool at all times, and having conversations are tough. People really like to come and talk to the lifeguards especially younger kids and they like to come and stand exactly where you are supposed to be watching. Seriously, I could get in trouble for this.

6. Your whistle is your best friend

The perfect whistle is out there, Fox 40. It blows perfectly gets all the kids attentions. Whistles are the perfect bff. You can twirl them around during your shift if you get bored and when you put it in your mouth and act like you might blow it - the power is real. But, if you lose your whistle, it becomes the worst day ever.

7. Kids who are playing breathing games 

Kids who play breathing games are the worst. You hate to say no to that because they really don't understand why - but's hard to know whether or not you should get in the water and save them or if they are just playin.

8. Thunder and lightning are the best

Thunder and lightning means a break for the lifeguards, so who wouldn't love that? And most families leave if a storm is coming so less people at the pool when it opens back up!

9. When kids do tricks off the diving board and you have a little panic attack

Oh yeah, don't do that no matter what your friends are trying to peer pressure you to do.

10. When something at the pool actually happens for the first time in a millennium 

11. That feeling of being a badass sitting on top of your chair

12. When a child who can't swim without a lifejacket swims without a lifejacket

Sorry, just one moment - having a panic attack.

13. When a lifeguard takes his break before you do

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.

I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.


When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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