Some think true Watermen appear in glossy magazine ads, on gigantic billboards and edgy television spots. While this may be true for a select few, most "Watermen” do not clamor for the spotlight. They seek what they know, the Ocean. Elite Watermen are not interested in proving themselves to the world; they are humble and let their actions speak for themselves. More?
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The word lifeguard may be self explanatory, but the actual meaning of what it is to be a lifeguard is much more complicated. Obtaining the title of lifeguard is no easy task; however, it is one that stays with that person his/her entire life. When the word lifeguard comes to mind most people conjure up mental images of an overly faked tanned David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson running down the beach lubed with baby oil. More?
The shaky, nervous skin kid checks in among the thousands of other lifeguard hopefuls, gets his race number and walks down to the tide line where the lifeguards have drawn a starting line in the sand. While on the starting line Bruce can barely see the orange buoys that mark the course over the sea of lifeguard wannabees.
A Waterman is not a rank; it is a lifestyle. Surfing started with true Watermen- fishing, diving, living on coconuts and the ocean’s bounty. Watermen are connected to the ocean like mangrove trees, living half in and half out of the water. Watermen, like the Mangrove, depend on the ocean for survival, fitness, nutrients, and in some ways a purpose and meaning to life. While many try to become what they consider one with the ocean, only those with salt water in their veins achieve aquatic greatness.
When a true Waterman spends too much time on land, they need the purification of water. The smell of the sea brings olfactory memories of sleepless nights sailing through heavy seas, big fish caught with small spears and possibly the very meaning to their existence. They don’t need a fresh water shower. Watermen are comfortable with salt on their skin, hair and eyes.
The sea calls to everyone, but Watermen speak the language of the sea. Surfing, free diving, paddling, kayaking, ocean swimming or lifeguarding alone does not make a person a Waterman. It's the accumulation and the near mastery of all or at least multiple water endeavors that may put you in lineup to be considered a waterperson. Watermen are of the sea; they feel strange on land, wish mermaids were real, and don’t tell fish stories, but live them.
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That rather unique television series "Bay Watch" did a number to what people believe lifeguarding is all about. Sure the job has its perks, but lifeguarding isn't just hard bodies, sun, sand, parties, and white zinc on your nose. Lifeguarding is not just a glamorous summer job; it is a lifestyle that only the most mentally strong can endure.
A lifeguard is never really off-duty, just look at any veteran lifeguard he/she will not turn his/her back on the water, and will most likely have a pair of swim fins close at hand at any given time. Ask any lifeguard about the most critical rescue he/she has made and you might be surprised to learn that the best rescues made are often off-duty.
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