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Part of a lifeguard's expert training is to know when a victim is endangering his own life and the lifeguard's. If you do panic during a rescue, the lifeguard may have to resort to knocking you unconscious. Don't be offended. Controlling an unconscious person in the water is far easier than dealing with a panicky and unpredictable one. Remember - you should try as hard as you can to not panic. But if you do, a sore head and bruised ego will be a better outcome than both you and the lifeguard drowning. Keep a level head and follow safety guidelines to ensure the safest ocean swimming.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|