Every year, 1.2 million people die from drowning, according to United States Lifesaving Association. Of those 1.2 million, less than one percent happen under a lifeguard’s watch.
With Memorial Day around the corner and pools opening up for the warm weather, drowning is always in the back of my mind.
I’ve worked as a lifeguard for three months at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland, N.Y. I wake up in the middle of the night, my heart racing because my nightmare told me someone was drowning in my water. Watching my water is what I do with the hope that I’ll never have to see a body at the bottom.