I started swimming when I was 5 years old. We had an outdoor public pool in the small southern mountain town I grew up in and it was beside a lake. That meant the pool water was a deep dark indigo blue.
The water was so dark in the deep end you could not see the bottom! I was scared of the deep end. My swim team coach just threw me in and told me to swim, and that's how I learned to conquer my fear of the deep end and to swim.
Ever since, I have loved the water and love to swim. I gave up my swim team days long ago in High School!
My parents spent many a night or day taking my brother and I to swim team practices or meets. When my father passed away 2 years ago, I got very sad. We were such good buddies. To mark the anniversary of his death, instead of continuing to feel sorry for myself I decided I would try to pass Lifeguard training ... again! I had been a Lifeguard when I was a teenager and really liked it so I thought I would try it again. At the very least, it would encourage me to swim more, exercise more and take care of myself.
A lot of time had passed since my swim team days - including several life changes: getting married, moving, losing a parent, becoming a mom! I didn't think I could pass the lifeguard class - I was bruised from climbing in and out of the pool and exhausted from the week long intensive class, but I passed!
I do currently work PT at the very pool I go to for lap swimming or recreational swimming.
As a poet, I wanted to capture my journey of becoming a lifeguard again in poems. Because it really helped me to turn my sadness around after losing my Dad, I wanted to document my true journey of becoming a mom lifeguard as well. I wrote both the poetry book and the non-fiction book at the same time. I am truly thankful to be a lifeguard again, to watch over swimmers and to teach swimming lessons. I love the training that I have as a lifeguard - it makes me feel just a little bit stronger and safer and better able to look after my family, friends or a patron (if they need me)!
Risks and challenges
When publishing, there's always the challenge of finding readers to read books and/or e-books. Marketing and PR can be an issue - how to get the word out about the project.
I plan to market this book on my local Facebook poetry page, Poetry in LA (@poetryinla) as well as with my E-zine, The Poetry Market E-zine, which has about 2200 subscribers, and on other social media. I also plan to market it at pools! As an avid swimmer (and lifeguard) I love to talk and teach swimming to anyone who wants to listen and/or learn.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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