As a kid, nothing outraged me more than having to prove to a lifeguard that I really could swim. Sure they were just making sure I was not going to drown, but I saw it as a power play against me. I was a little kid and this adult refused to believe me when I told them the truth - that I was a good swimmer. I felt their true agenda was simply to torture me psychologically, make me feel weak and small.
Watching this universal lifeguard/child drama play out again recently made me think that maybe I was not all that far off the mark. Maybe in my day, lifeguards really were out to get me. Because the way Gail the Lifeguard treats kids these days is quite different. She gets them to think they're doing her a favour by demonstrating their swimming skills. That could be one reason why she is a Lifeguard Champ