I was a competitive swimmer my entire life, graduating Monmouth University in 2018 while swimming four years Division 1. Swimming was a passion of mine but being confined to a pool never satisfied me as much as being in the ocean. Since my first day at Junior Guards, I knew I wanted to be a lifeguard. Sixteen years later, I am twenty-four years old and a ninth-year lifeguard at Sea Girt Beach Patrol.
My passion for lifesaving and the ocean not only comes from my parents, but from my Jr. Guard instructors as a child. I learned to paddle, use a torp, make rescues, and compete in tournaments. Later, my colleagues helped teach me along the way in the professional field. I learned to refine rescues, use equipment, and approach patrons and situations with confidence. I believe I developed lifelong skills that I could not have elsewhere. Above that, Sea Girt Lifeguard Chief Tim Harmon taught me the value of the job as a lifeguard, and I certainly would not be the guard I am now without his guidance, instruction, and endless support.