The Reasons Why I Became a Professional Lifeguard
I always understood that there is a huge amount of freedom to be found in water, even for us humans who are not water-based animals. But, everyone knows that the moment when you enter a pool, a lake, a river or the sea, there is something very soothing and familiar with that feeling. It offers a chance to be transported into a new place, where the body, as well as the mind, is free from the shackles of the everyday reality.
There, in the cool deep blue, a person can let go and enter the void of movement, sights and sounds like nothing that can be found on the land. I think I became so fascinated with water very early on, so long that I might have even forgotten all about it if my life did not take a strange twist. I think that I remember standing on the edge of a small pool, with my mother and father in the water. I must have been three years old, or even younger. My parents were swimming and they were calling me to get into the pool with them.
I was afraid and at first, I did not want to enter
The water seemed strange and cold to me, so I was hesitant. But then my father told me that I should just leap in and think about this later on. For some reason, I took his advice sooner than he even expected and jumped right into the water. At first, the strange feeling came over me as the cold water touched my skin. But, as I sank to the bottom, I realized the full beauty of this incredible space.
As the water reflected the light, I saw colors and shapes like never before. I remembered that I smiled there while my dad took me to the surface and we started to learn how to stay afloat. To my parents, swimming was important as a physical activity, but for me, from that day on, water was more like an addiction; it gave me a sense of freedom like nothing ever did and I was certain I was not going to forget it anytime soon.
I began to go to a swim group as soon as I entered grade school. Here, I became better and better, with my stamina and technique becoming so good that I was the strongest swimmer in the class. At that point, I was almost becoming bored with swimming even though my classmates began calling me the Dolphin. But then, our school took us on a small trip to the seashore. There, one girl decided to take a swim while our teachers were not looking, doing it on a dare. She entered the rough waters and before we realized this, the current took her deep, away from the shore waters.
I realized almost immediately that she began to drown. Like with my dad, who for some reason came back to me at that moment, I did not think about it and I just jumped in and started swimming towards her. During those seconds, I truly was a dolphin and I swam perfectly, slicing through the current with power and force that was unstoppable. I reached her and somehow dragged her back to the shore, where the ambulance was already waiting for us. As I came out, I realized that this was the thing I wanted to do with my life.
Today, my nickname is still the Dolphin but I work on one of the busiest beaches in the world as a lifeguard. I swim every day and when I’m sick or have to miss out on the water, I feel terrible, really like a fish on dry land. My friends constantly tease me that I will soon grow a pair of gills because of the time I spend in the water, but that sense of serenity and relaxation is important to me.
I believe that I was blessed with a chance to do what I like and save people’s lives in the same process. For me, there is no boundary between a profession and a hobby: for me, swimming is all of that. I would be a completely different person without the waters of the ocean. That is why, here and now, I adore my life and the time I spend next to the ocean or in it, working hard on keeping people safe and sound.
I know that my swimming prowess can help a person in danger, and this is the most important thing in the world for me. Because of all that, I love every second of my life as a lifeguard.