Ask Alexandra – October 2003
i just wanted to thank-you for playing a huge role in my life. i’m 17 and the past 10-15, that i’ve been watching baywatch, i’ve known 1 thing….that i wanted to become a lifeguard. so after 3 years of intense training, and long hours in the water, at home studying, and making time for school work, i’ve finally reached my goal. i now am a lifeguard/swim instructor, and i’m going for another course where i can actually teach teens like myself to become lifeguards. i own this to you and the rest of the cast of baywatch and i just wanted to thank-you, very much. i hope you have much sucess in your future, just like you’ve had in your past. Well, thanks for taking the time to read all your fan mails…i appreciate it. Have a good year!
| Dear Ashley,
I am so impressed with you, and so honoured that I could have been in any small way responsible for you becoming a lifeguard! You dont say where you live, but the swimmers in your hometown are lucky to have such a dedicated and hardworking lifeguard looking out for them.
There is no job more noble than being responsible for the safety and well-being of others. That is what a lifeguard does, and dont you forget that even on the hottest, most tiresome of days. Lifeguards dont get paid much, but what you do is invaluable. My favorite piece of clothing is the lifeguard jacket Lt.Bill Oat of Cape May Beach Patrol in New Jersey gave me about 10 years ago. He probably doesnt know I still have it and that I cherish it so much, but I think lifeguards are heroes.
So, thank you for keeping us safe! I hope to swim in your pool, at your lake, or off your beach someday.
Thank you for writing.
Hello Mrs. paul. I am currently training to run my first 5k in a couple of weeks. I know that you are a veteran triathlon runner. Is there any information that you can offer to someone who is about to run their first 5k race? By the way, YOU ARE AWESOME!
Good for you for training for your first race! I know this will be a rewarding experience.
I consulted my darling husband Ian, who is a triathlon coach, and this is what he advises:
Have a great time!