NAME: CHELSEA BYRNE
LOCATION(S): DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA; BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
YEARS LIFEGUARDING: 3
My name is Chelsea Byrne and I have been an Ocean Rescue Guard for three years. I was working at Delray Beach OR and after a year there, was lucky enough to become a member of Delray Beach Fire Rescue. I then found my way to Boca Raton OR as a part time guard and have been there for two years now. I have been a part of several Lifeguard competitions and really enjoy the challenge that it brings, mentally and physically. Ocean Rescue has been a major part of my life. It’s where I met my husband, how I became a fireman, and where I met some amazing friends for life.
Ocean Rescue has also brought out another passion of mine, Beach clean ups! Seeing the beach as often as I do has brought to my attention how much trash is ruining my place of work. Seeing the environment suffer because of us is aggravating and about two years ago I decided to do something about it. I put together a beach clean up crew that meets up and tries to make a small but significant difference.
My advice to women, and truly anyone, who is interested in being a lifeguard is, DO IT! You already had the confidence to consider it, now all you need is a strong stroke and a passion for helping others. You will meet amazing and unique people, discover your personal motivation and drive for this job, and grow not only as a person but a life saving ocean rescue guard.
Images provided by Chelsea Byrne.