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  •  30 years ago I worked as a lifeguard (2+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga, bigjacbigjacbigjac

    I was an outstanding swimmer.  I've rescued many people from oceans and pools.  I was there when we lost a few, too.  That's very sad to see.  The most recent was just a few years ago while on vacation with my family on an unguarded beach in Miami.  By the time we got him out, he was blue and foaming from the mouth.  My 5 year old sat and watched her dad pound on his chest for 20 minutes before emts came.  She earned the water's respect that day.

    When I was 17, it was almost my turn.  For people familiar with the sunset festival on the pier in Key West, you'll know it can get a little crazy.  I was one of the immortal imbeciles who dove off that pier.  The currents were the strongest I've ever experienced, before or since.  I was lucky just to be able to hold on to the piling long enough for a rope to come down.  Totally my fault for entering unfamiliar water in a reckless way.

    •  Thank You ngryallen (2+ / 0-)
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      Angryallen, bigjacbigjacbigjac

      That's another good point. Never jump into unfamiliar water. As well as never dive into unfamiliar water.

      When diving; one never knows how deep the water is, as you said, current strength, whether it's full of debris that one can hit and much more.

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      by rebel ga on Mon May 27, 2013 at 06:42:18 PM PDT

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