A lifeguard is a man or woman who is specifically hired to safeguard swimmers of all ages. Lifeguarding may appear to be one of the easiest jobs to have until something actually happens. Mandatory training will tell you what to do, but to practice those mandated skills in real life is another story.
Lifeguard season is about four months long from May to September. Becoming a lifeguard is the perfect job for you if you like to swim and sunbathe. But like most jobs, it comes with its pros and cons. Pros include getting paid to have a tan, relaxing by the water, and utilizing existing first-aid skills. Cons include suffering dehydration, dealing with boredom, and inability to hide a case of hemophobia, also known as a blood phobia.
There's another drawback to working as a lifeguard. You'll see all sorts of wonderful and weird things. Sometimes, you'll see horrifying things that will make you cringe.
Nothing screams summer like loads of water in a pool that cools off hundreds and thousands of people. They head to the pool to exercise, play games, and just to lounge around. People can be gross, but the pool or beach itself can be just as gross. From dead frogs to pools of blood, lifeguards have seen some shocking things that would leave regular people wondering how it got in the water in the first place. Maybe we should show lifeguards some respect. After all, they rescue people—mainly children—in less than perfect conditions such as water containing imbalanced chemicals.
Snickers is a chocolate bar that consists of nougat topped with caramel and peanuts. Snickers bars have been advertised on various platforms including television, billboards, and magazines. They rose to fame, thanks to the "You're not you when you're hungry" campaign.
Snickers aren't actually creepy, but the way that people use them are creepy. Like other people, lifeguards hate being bored at work. Some lifeguards have thrown Snickers bars into the water just so they could have an hour-long break while maintenance workers clean the pool. One of those lifeguards described his actions as the best time ever. Apparently, the male lifeguard ordered lunch at a local pizza shop during the extended break.
If you've watched the movie Caddyshack, you'll remember the obnoxious teenagers who enter the pool during summer camp every year and would probably be annoyed after a week or two. You'd want to pull the same stunt of false feces too.
Frogs are tailless amphibians with long hind legs and moist smooth skin, all in a short and stout body. They often live in damp or semi-aquatic habitats. Moreover, frogs with warts and drier skin are mostly terrestrial.
Frogs may be loud, but they're harmless creatures who just want to eat your bugs. They're usually dubbed as the "jewels of the forest," but they're not pretty sights in public pools. Some lifeguards have had to fish more than their fair share of creepy things. A lot of dead frogs have mistaken chemical and pump-filled pool waters for a natural oasis. By the time the frog dies, it's so bloated that it looks like Thunder in the 1986 fantasy martial arts film Big Trouble In Little China.
Unfortunately, frogs cannot be prevented from entering the pool like humans can be denied entry and service, but hopefully, they can learn from their mistakes so they avoid potential deaths in chemical-filled waters.
Birds are warmblooded vertebrates that can lay eggs. They're distinguished from other vertebrates, thanks to their feathers, wings, and beak. Most birds have the ability to fly.
Like frogs, birds can end up in a pool and sink or swim. Most birds manage to get themselves back up and sit poolside or fly back into the sky. However, some birds end up drowning in pools for unknown reasons. As a result, those unfortunate birds die, which prompts lifeguards to take them out of the pool so nobody has to see such sights.
More than 800,000 birds have been marked with monitoring rings in the last 100 years. Drowning was the primary cause of death for less than one percent of those birds. It's not just pools. The unlucky birds can also be found in ponds, gardens, and even a bucket of water. The birds were all juveniles. It's obvious that they weren't suicidal so the actual causes leading up to the drowning deaths remains a mystery.
This shouldn't be an eye-opener, but lifeguards have seen rodents while on the job and got grossed out. Rodents are small gnawing mammals belonging to the Rodentia order. They have a single pair of incisors with a chisel-shaped edge. Some common examples of rodents include rats, mice, squirrels, hamsters, and porcupines. They're reportedly the largest order of mammals.
Just like frogs and birds, rodents can die in a pool. Although most dead animals found in pools don't pose a health risk to swimmers, it's important to properly disinfect the pool as soon as possible.
There aren't any certain causes of death among rodents. However, at-risk rodents can be the children of wild animals who don't know any better. These little guys seem to be very clumsy like the Clumsy Smurf from the 1984 special Here Are The Smurfs.
Well, it's undeniable that the dead rodents give lifeguards something to do at work.
Algae is a non-flowering plant of a large group that includes seaweed along with the majority of unicellular organisms. They contain chlorophyll but lack stems, roots, leaves, and vascular tissue. Simply put, they're small plants that grow in or near water.
Algae can grow in pools, beaches, and lakes. It's very harmful as it can cause side effects such as dehydration, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, shock, and even death. That's why lifeguards have to remove algae and mineral deposits quickly to lower the swimmers' chances of getting sick. The most important thing, however, is to avoid swallowing water in general.
Algae make their own food from the sun, but they need the right nutrients, water, and temperature in order to grow. They reproduce at rapid speeds and can spread through bodies of water in just a matter of days. The fact that algae can produce red, yellow, green, brown, and gray shades of water is just creepy. Nobody wants to see colored water unless if Pool Party Color Dye is dumped into a pool for a rockin' look!
Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LCD or acid, is a psychedelic drug that causes psychological side effects. It's usually swallowed or held under your tongue. It's often sold in nightclubs, concerts, and parties. Acid is extremely powerful and can turn you into a massive wreck.
With that being said, imbalanced pool chemicals can destroy your perfectly normal health. A lifeguard's manager once suffered from lung burn after improperly handling acid. Although there has been more sickening incidents involving chlorine, the sight of acid in a pool is creepier by a mile.
Why would people bring a party drug to a public pool where many young children hang out? Its side effects are already bad enough so it's not something to use or even put on display in front of kids. Lifeguards are required to undergo drug and alcohol tests prior to employment. Pools are supposed to be drug-free environments. Acid is trippy, man.
9 Deceased Nude Bodies
Don't let the breathtaking appearance of clear blue mineral-rich water fool you. It's an ideal place for kids to play games, teens to swim laps, and adults to soak up the sun. That is until you've found a deceased nude body at the bottom of the waters. Some lifeguards have discovered and carried dead bodies back to ground level.
For example, a group of swimmers found a body floating about half a mile south of Fletcher Cove in Solano Beach, California around 7:45 a.m. on September 20, 2013. The swimmers swam back to shore, called 911, and then swam for about 100 yards to stay with the body until lifeguards arrived to the scene. Lifeguards predicted the man was between 45 and 55 years old and has been in the water for more than 12 hours. His cause of death was reportedly unknown.
The lifeguards were traumatized after pulling the body back to shore. One of them admitted that he was in shock because he has never come across anything like this in his life before.
8 Falling Coconuts
Coconuts are members of the Arecaceae family and the only species of the Cocos genus. They're labeled as a super food with benefits ranging from healthy skin to weight loss. The delicious tropical fruits are used in a wide variety of recipes like American coconut cookies, Italian coconut cake, and Thai curry. Having said all that, coconuts are a versatile fruit.
But there are some potential side effects to coconuts that you need to be aware of. Falling coconuts are a legitimate threat. A nine-pound ball of coconut meat dropping 100 feet to the ground can cause serious injury to a beachgoer. The blow of a falling coconut is about 2,205 lbs. There are confirmed cases of beachgoers suffering concussions and fractured skulls from the falling coconuts.
Luckily, it's relatively simple to stay safe and protect yourself from falling coconuts. Just don't place your beach towel on the branches of palm trees, especially on windy beaches.
7 "Beach Apples" From Manchineel Trees
The apple-like fruits of manchineel trees look like small green apples that taste delicious that's why they're dubbed as "beach apples." But don't be fooled by their leaves and sweet scent. These "beach apples" are actually poisonous apples. People who have taken a bite of the poisonous apples recalled swelling and burning sensations in the mouth, throat, and chest. As a result, they make it difficult to breathe and can lead to internal bleeding.
The manchineel trees originally got its nickname from the Spanish phrase "manzanilla de la muerte" or the "little apple of death." Aside from the "beach apples," the manchineel tree has other ways to harm human beings as it produces a milky sap that can cause the human skin to blister and peel upon contact, even if you're just standing under the tree to shield yourself from the rain or downwind near a burning pile of its wood. So if you come across a "beach apple," don't take a bite...ever!
6 Sea Lions
Sea lions belong to a scientific group of animals called pinnipeds, which literally means "feather foot" or "wing foot." They're defined as sea mammals that are characterized by external ear flaps, long fore flippers, and the ability to walk on all fours. They have short thick hair and a large chest and belly. They also belong to the Otariidae family alongside fur seals.
Sea lions are a popular choice for public displays like circuses, aquariums, and zoos. However, sea lions who took dips in public swimming pools were uninvited. My theory is that they were likely bored from sitting outside the pool entrance for long periods of time and got fed up with the excess boredom. It's understandable that they want to go for a nice swim, but it's not exactly fun for lifeguards to deal with. Some lifeguards can fear animals because of alleged dangers that can hurt them.
There's no surprise that stingrays are one of the creepiest things that lifeguards have ever seen. Stingrays are bottom-dwelling marine rays with a compressed diamond-shaped body and a long poisonous jagged spine. Simply put, stingrays are a group of marine rays in the Dasyatidae family and are related to sharks.
Just like sharks, stingrays are ocean animals who can bring chills to a beachgoer's spine. It's generally safe to swim with stingrays present, but the real danger lies at your feet. Stingrays often bury themselves in sand in shallow coastal waters. Bad things can happen if a person steps on a concealed stingray covered in sand. Stingrays' stings can be painful. Most stingrays sting because they have a tendency to whip up their ragged tails and give biting stings when trod upon.
You should do the "stingray shuffle" when you come across a stingray. Shift your feet back and forth when walking in shallow waters like you're taking steps. This has the potential to scare off the stingrays that are hiding in the sand.
The jellyfish is a soft-bodied, free-swimming marine coelenterate with a gelatinous umbrella-like body and trailing tentacles. They're basically sea creatures that can sting you.
Some jellyfish are harmless whereas others are tentacle-trailing monsters capable of ending the human life. The lethal box jellyfish are mainly found in the Northern Australian and Indo-Pacific waters and can cause more than 100 deaths per year. On the contrary, the sea nettle jellyfish are the most common species of jellyfish on the Northeastern United States, but aren't as scary as the lethal box jellyfish. However, the stings of the sea nettle jellyfish can cause rashes and aching muscle cramps. Other harmful jellyfish species include the Portuguese man-of-war and the lion's mane.
It's recommended that you cover your skin with a wet suit or a rash guard in waters where jellyfish multiply. Moreover, you should know when to stay out of the water by checking local reports and advisories.
Sharks are large long-bodied marine fishes with a cartilaginous skeleton, dorsal fin, and tooth-like scales. Sharks are carnivorous fishes that belong to the Elasmobranchii subclass. Furthermore, some sharks have very sharp teeth and may attack people.
Some people have an immense fear of sharks, thanks to the entertainment industry. It has been reported that the number of shark attacks increased in recent years, but it still doesn't amount of the number of deaths caused by the stings from stingrays. Of course, shark attacks remain on the rise, so it's better to safe than sorry even though your chances of dying from such attacks are less than one in three million.
You can avoid physical contact (and harm) from sharks by not swimming at night, thrashing around in the water, straying far from the shore, swimming with dogs and horses, and staying out if you're bleeding. Shark bites aren't fun at all.
2 Pool Of Blood
Blood is the red liquid that circulates in the hearts, arteries, capillaries, and veins of humans and other vertebrate animals. Blood's purpose is to carry oxygen and other elements to and bringing away waste products from the other parts of the body. Blood also carries both red and white blood cells along with platelets and protein.
The sight of blood can be extremely creepy, no matter where it came from. Swimmers at the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts were evacuated by lifeguards on August 20, 2015. The beachgoers initially spotted a group of seals swimming near a pool of blood. The blood was the detrimental result of a great white shark who reportedly attacked a seal. The beach was closed for an hour and then reopened. This was the second time in a week where the Coast Guard Beach temporarily closed its waters. The first incident occurred on August 12, 2015.
Blood is arguably the most serious disease threat to a lifeguard's health as it may contain infectious agents while in the water.
1 Couple "Doing It" In The Water In Front Of A Minor
The action began when the couple engaged in public display of affection in a pool that quickly escalated to s*xual intercourse. This public display in particular is enough to make you cringe and shake your head in disgust.
First off, a young boy swam to another part of the pool while a couple was in the corner grinding against each other without a care in the world. Second, a lifeguard noticed the couple and leaned down to talk to them after the boy was already out of the area. Third, the couple continued grinding against each other while the lifeguard was talking to them in a calm manner. He didn't give them a warning. In the end, the couple was unwilling to listen to the lifeguard's advice. They just continued doing their dirty deeds in public.
The lifeguard was unable to stop the couple from doing the nasty and simply walked away because he was so grossed out by their x-rated actions.