I love teaching swimming lesson, but last week I experienced that moment when my Lifeguard training kicked in as I rescued a little boy (I think he was about 2) from drowning.
was told by our head to join the "Little Marlins" group (these kids are
from a few months old to 3 years old) in the kiddie pool because the
lesson was really full... so I slipped into the shallow water, greeted
the teacher (who I had actually never met) and teamed up with her and
the other helper, A. (I believe he is about 12). She gave me the
instructions "Just make sure no one drowns". While she taught the
kids to blow bubbles, point their toes, and basically get comfortable in
the water, A. and I herded the group and helped her out.
Within three minutes of the "just make sure no one drowns" order, I turned my head to see this little boy running the 15 feet separating the kiddie from the deep end of the big pool.
And then he jumped in.
instant I saw him running, I was out of the pool. Out of the corner of
my eye, I saw A. doing the same thing. I dashed across, got down on
the deck, and reached in to pull the flailing boy out, but because I was
moving so fast, somehow (I'm not exactly sure how!) I ended up slipping
into the water right next to him. A. was on one side and I was on the
other. Together we pulled him up and handed him to the other swim
Relieved, A. smiled at me as we went to push ourselves out of the pool. I patted him on the back and said, "Good save!"
that little boy got back in his lesson after I made sure he was okay
and he was given strict instructions to stay in this pool.
a older man came up to me where I was standing with the lady in charge. He was
so shocked and congratulated me on my "fast thinking". He said I should
get a "lifesaver award". ;)
However, I can't take the credit.
The Lord is the One who I owe everything to. And A. did so well, being there right by
my side. I am so thankful the Lord had His hand of protection over me,
A., and that little boy. From my Lifeguard training, I know how fast
those things happen and how they escalate into bigger, more serious
situations. It's one of those things that happens so fast... If we had not
seen him, second later, he would have become a submerged victim and been
at the bottom of a 12 foot deep pool. So frightening, but God is so good! Thank you, Jesus, for guiding A. and I and helping us to
I ended up with some battle wounds from this rescue. ;) I bruised the bridge of my nose and bruised my shin on the way into the pool. But it was worth it.
May the Lord bless that little boy and may he come to know Him. Obviously God has a plan for him.