NJ Lifeguards

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by The Screen Name Formerly Known As ABC123, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. bubs

    bubs Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Sitting on a lifeguard chair and "watching patrons" really isn't that difficult BUT you would be surprised at how hard it is for some.

    There are some damn good lifeguards that deserve to be there and do a great job, but the majority is just high schoolers looking to meet chicks and get tan. Most of the type B lifeguards can't even swim much less in 2 ft surf.

    I think it's a fair debate, i'm sure if the radio host got into trouble or was injured at the beach they would be quick to change their tune and would be quite happy there were lifeguards there.



    Lastly. I think as surfers we overestimate how good others are at swimming "it can't be that difficult" we say but WOW some people really are non-swimmers. (Mostly day vacationers and what not) There would be a very significant increase in deaths and accidents without lifeguards. So many so that I don't think lifeguards could be removed morally. It would then fall on locals to do the work, but without the equipment and set up that lifeguards have if needed. So, I get it lifeguards can be real tools, and some are....but I think for the most part they do what they are there for which is watch the water so that the patrons can relax and enjoy the beach. I for one wouldn't want to sit and watch people swimming all day unless you at least threw me minimum wage per hour. Which is what most are making.

    Sorry for the rant.
     
  2. rhode island sale

    rhode island sale Well-Known Member

    54
    Nov 8, 2014
    They're certified for open ocean and are in excellent physical condition even if they appear overweight. They test them. It's quite rigorous. Are you familiar with the test? They have to be able to swim 1/4 mile in the ocean in less than 10 minutes and do a bunch of rescue drills including a torp and reel, tube, and board rescue. Many surfers wouldn't be able to pass it.

    Now where some are lacking is in ocean knowledge. Understanding shore pound, cross shore currents, different types of waves, time between sets. This is only gained through experience in the ocean during swell events, even small swells.

    People have drowned in pools. Experienced surfers have drowned. They can have a medical emergency in the water, they can faint, hit their head with surfboard, hit their head on a rock, or even get tired out in big swells and too many sets at one time. Inexperienced people in the water can barely swim. It's an athletic skill just like anything else. Everyone is not an experienced swimmer.
     

  3. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I just hate hearing the fkn whistles, they make me nervous and I always think they're yelling at me.
     
  4. ChavezyChavez

    ChavezyChavez Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    My first arrest came at the hand of the Wildwood City Beach Patrol. I was 16. There were 3 of us. We swam out far and ignored the whistles. We were acting like jack asses. One swam out and screamed at us. We came in. Words were exchanged, then fists. Then the Wildwood PD showed up and beat the living snot out of all 3 of us. A cop was sitting on me on the beach while they cuffed me and I bit his leg. He hit me so hard I'm still feeling it 37 years later.
    If lifeguards have to deal with people like my 16 year old self on the daily, then I have nothing but respect for them....
     
  5. CDsurf

    CDsurf Well-Known Member

    391
    May 10, 2014
    That may be a standard test in RI but like anything, rules get bent as the captain sees fit. Where I worked in NJ, they sometimes let the unathletic people remain on staff for the "recert."
     
  6. CDsurf

    CDsurf Well-Known Member

    391
    May 10, 2014
    you bit his leg? Wtf is wrong with you?
     
  7. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Hey, he was hungry......
     
  8. ChavezyChavez

    ChavezyChavez Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    I was wondering if he tasted like bacon.
     
  9. sigmund

    sigmund Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    Personally I love the end of summer when the lifeguards go away, and with them their designated surf zones. We had hardly any surf this summer so can't say I was bothered by them much. However, when my kids were younger def appreciated having them around, and no doubt they save a lot of lives from the teeming inland overweight masses who think the ocean is just a big lake.
     
  10. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    although lg can be little douches to us surfers,they are needed for the everyday public that don't go in the ocean often.regular travelers that come to the beach,do not know anything about the ocean.

    its really dangerous lol,i was watching the huntington beach cam the other day on surfline(cam of the day),and I see a person standing in waist deep water,then a wave came lol,i seen it coming,they cant touch anymore and start drifting away.then somebody,like the persons father,swims out to save him,and they both get pulled out.i was watching this for like 40 seconds thinking where the fuk are the guards,i thought I was going to see these ppl die.some time passes and the guards finally sprint into action,the ppl are almost in the lineup,the surfers didn't make an attempt to help lol unless they were waiting for them to drift to them.and it was an average day,not big at all.

    now jersey doesn't compare to cali,especially in the summer,it rarely gets heavy in the summer.and when it does,they red flag it.but ppl deserve to be saved lol,but in my eyes if u don't know about the ocean u shouldn't swim in it unsupervised.

    surfing in the winter in north jers,as u guys call it,it can be the swell of the decade and u can check every spot and maybe find 3 guys at one spot.thats the peak btw,when the storm subsides, crowds form.nearly every single time I surf in the winter its by myself,with nobody for miles.something happens to me I'm on my own.and I had a few sketchy situations...so when a lifeguard at a beach I surf at,at the very same spot he is standing,trys to warn me when the waves are 2 ft I just laugh at them.they never seem to listen.so fuk em,but the public does need them
     
  11. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    oh yea forgot to mention,those ppl in huntington were swimming straight in,no beuno
     
  12. bubs

    bubs Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Yeah I was about to sort of echo with cd surf. I'm quite familiar with "the test" I've guarded for 10 years. Im just abut retired now. TONS of guys are let slide with no certs and no training. Also a lot of times the test is modified and made easier because boss man lifeguard realizes he can't field a staff.

    I don't care about overweight. Some of the least fit guys I know have no body fat. Some of the most are big haas.

    I stand by everything that I said. And yes many surfers wouldn't be able to pass the test.
     
  13. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    To all my fellow guards in here, stay safe and keep your eyes peeled the next few days. I'm sure we're gonna be busy here in nags head. Groundswell and nice weather= serious rips and stupid patrons. Thanks for chiming in as well. It's cool to know that there's some other guards who surf as well.
     
  14. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I always laugh when you all talk about life guards. So many b*tch about them, solution, surf where they aren't present. Or is it a Northern thing to have life guards everywhere? F*ck man, who wants to surf where a bunch of swimmers and life "guards" are anyways? I had to do that yesterday with my brother and I hated every minute of it.
     
  15. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    And all you cowboy / hero lifeguards , stop acting like you're so cool, you are not.
     
  16. ChavezyChavez

    ChavezyChavez Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    You tell em buddy. The beach I go to has no lifeguards or beach taggers. But it's usually weaker than OCNJ so it's also less crowded.
     
  17. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I mean, the guards on the North Shore are legit, no question, but these fools on the E. Coast? Gimme a break, a bunch of teenage or 20 something kids that can hardly put down Pokemon long enough to give a sh*t.
     
  18. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    DP, you'd be surprised in the outer banks... It can get serious here. Nags head guards are legit. We train pretty damn hard
     
  19. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I'm sure some of you are legit, but let's be honest, most are clowns.
     
  20. sigmund

    sigmund Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    Small summer surf limits you to the beaches where the tourons and life guards dwell. Bit of swell opens up the points and reefs but not much of that in the summer.