I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been asked how old I am or told that I look young, when the conversation initially started with a beach related question. Since I was a competitive swimmer for 18 years, I was confident that I was the better swimmer than most men that I’ve worked with over the years, but people don’t know that just by looking at me. They see a female guarding a beach that is a whopping 5’2” feet and they make assumptions, like thinking I couldn’t possibly be strong enough to bring someone back to shore that is twice my size.
Lifeguarding as a woman is SO EMPOWERING! It’s hard, stressful, fun, scary, exciting and all of these things help to form a passion for the sport. It’s really incredible to see other female athletes at competitions and how large the female population is now. If there were any advice to give to other girls, it would be to push yourself past what your comfort zone is. You’ll find yourself setting new goals, achieving them and then wanting to push further. And that’s how it should be. Keep working, keep pushing, and break that glass ceiling.