Luckily, during the years, I’ve worked on very safe beaches and haven’t experienced many serious accidents – Irish beaches are far from the drama of Bondi Rescue! However, what I can take most from my surf rescue experience, is how it has built my character. Even when dealing with minor first aids and jellyfish stings, you can get an insight on the public, and can quickly learn how to deal with them. I did work during the IronMan competition when it was held in Ireland last year which required strong diligence, teamwork and organization. I began lifeguarding at 17, and as a short, and quite young looking girl for their age, I must admit, I did encounter some prejudice. However, my experiences in Surf Rescue have taught me self-confidence and resilience and made me able to deal with those situations in a calm manner; I know that I am qualified and am confident in my abilities now to demonstrate that towards the public. It takes a lot, both physically and mentally, to work in this service, but every day is a new chance to better yourself as a life saver and a person.