Lifeguarding This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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Since I always liked to swim as a child, when the time came to get a job, the only one that I wanted was to be a lifeguard. I had always admired lifeguards when I went to the beach with family and friends. I looked up to them because they seemed to be brave, heroic people. I enjoy helping others and, for the most part, that's what lifeguards do. Now that I am one, though, I realize the hard work that goes into training. I spent hours working for the end-of-the-season test. I had to give up Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, learning CPR and first aid. We studied everything from spinal cord injuries to third-degree burns to severed limbs. After I passed and received my Red Cross Certificate, I got a job working at the South Boston beaches. I was nervous because I had never worked at a beach, only pools during the last two years. My summer turned out to be great, though. As a lifeguard, each year I have to get my CPR certificate renewed by the Red Cross. Every three years, I have to get my first aid certificate renewed. If anybody is considering becoming a lifeguard, I would say to try it out - it is a very rewarding job. But I would also say that it takes a lot of discipline, with many hours of training, but it's worth every minute.


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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