As I worked at Spring Lake as a guard, I found many interests that grew through my time there. When you become a part of your crew on a beach and learn the ropes of lifeguarding you find your niche within that time. No matter your age or experience level with the water, I found there is always more to learn and explore when it comes to safety and rescuing then you may initially think of. I remember having training sessions every year (multiple times a season) where I felt I understood it all at going into it since I grew up surrounded by guards and in the ocean, but I always found my ego was wrong and that there is more to consider than just the physical part of a rescue. I found empathy and problem-solving skills were your greatest asset when working as a lifeguard, not just your physical ability. I was able to learn that in a life- saving moment, even at 15 or 16 years old and even if your victim is 40 years old and conscious, you are the authority in charge and you are the one who has to be there for them calmly and have the answers.