One the first day of lifeguarding class, I came 25 minutes early and stood in the hallway waiting to for the swim team practice to end. The longer I stood there waiting the more I nervous I became. While watching varsity swim, I began to question what I signed up for. Everyone in the pool was an excellent swimmer. I, having never swam competitively, started to worry my dream of becoming the lifeguards I looked up to was farfetched and unreachable. With my doubts, I still managed to walk through the doors at 7 prepared to face my nerves. I later realized there were others who were in the same boat and were too just as scared and nervous to start class.
Definitely at first the class was a struggle. I felt like I was behind all the other swimmers. But I kept working on it. I would go to open swim at my local pool and practice every week. I slowly became better and better. By the end of the class I felt completely prepared and passed the skills test on the first try.
The people in my class were very welcoming and understanding, so were the instructors. They understood what I was coming from and were always there to help. I definitely recommend anyone who is think about lifeguarding to face their fears and join a class, you will not regret it.
your fellow guard