Be prepared.

Over the weekend I spent many, many hours co-teaching a lifeguard class. The timing was awful. I had two crazy weeks of work in a row that lead up to a long exhausting weekend. This was the first time my co-teacher and I had ever taught on our own, so there were some bumps along the way, but whole of the weekend went well. We had a great group of students, that were patient with us. It will be a great class to look back on and remember.

Currently I am simply exhausted and sore, but that does not stop me from continuing to think about ways I can become a stronger more confident teacher. I never thought my life would take me down a path that I would still be lifeguarding after 15 years. But then I have learned that you never know what will happen and it is always best to be prepared.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Exhausted.

I am not going into the week well rested. Honestly, I think I could sleep for a days and still be exhausted. This weekend has drained me been mentally, physically and emotionally. I know in the future I will be glad I took the time to get my Lifeguard Instructors certification. Over the years I have helped with many Lifeguard courses, but I have never been an official instructor. There were many challenges I had to overcome. From an unexpected save to argumentative students.  There are plenty of stories to tell.

I hope I can pull knowledge from each moment of this weekend to be a better instructor. Who knows what path my life will take, you never know what you will need in the future so it is best to take advantage of every opportunity you can. I am thankful to be one step closer to another skill I can add to my resume. Life has taught me you never know will happen, so it is best to be prepared for any and all situations.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Life of a lifeguard.

I was not looking forward to this weekend. However, I have been pleasantly surprised how much fun I have had. The entire weekend has been spent in the cement box of the pool, while outside the sun has been shining with nothing but blue skies. I will probably smell like chlorine for the next month, but it is worth it because as the end of it all I will be one step closer to becoming a Lifeguard Instructor.

When I first got my lifeguarding 15 years ago I never thought I would be here. Over the years I have become a strong lifeguard and comfortable with my skills. It is a little scary and exciting to take it to the next level. The thing I can rely on is the fact I know the skills, muscle memory is on my side. I need to get stronger at articulating how to perform each lifesaving rescue, but as with most things, time and practice is the best cure.

From day one to the end of day two I can say proudly that I am more confident and excited to take on future teaching opportunities. Tomorrow is the true test to see how well the lifeguard candidates have been instructed, I have high hopes for many successes. Lifeguarding is one of my passions and I am proud to pass it on to future generations of lifeguards.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

A day like today.

There is no way to know what you are getting into until you are there. Today an extraordinary thing happened. Everything could have gone horribly wrong, but it did not. I guess sometimes when effort and time are put into something the end result is good. It is nice to not feel completely useless. After a day like today, I am almost worried to see what tomorrow will bring.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.