Wildwood Crest is where I have spent every summer since I was born, so it only made sense to guard the beach that I love most. Ever since I was a newborn baby, the ocean has been a part of my life. I was fortunate to have grandparents that always had a summer home in Wildwood Crest, so I spent my summers swimming, surfing, and admiring the lifeguards that worked on my beach. There was one I was particularly close with, Chris Gamble, a more senior guard but also a swim coach. Gamble would meet with me in the mornings when I was 14 and teach me tips on how to swim open water. He taught me how to sight, how to grab sand when I surf dashed under waves to anchor myself, and even to keep a little bit of ocean water in my goggles for built in windshield wipers when they fog up. I could not wait to be a lifeguard. Unfortunately, I had club swimming every summer in highschool, so I could not join the patrol at the typical age of 16. The summer after my first year in college, however, I was the first one to sign up.