By t - 17/5/2011 03:26
Today, I got a really bad cramp while I was swimming in my neighborhood pool. I started to go under until the lifeguard jumped in and saved me. I guess it would have been great, if I wasn't a fellow lifeguard. FML
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By  ambowew  |  7

You don't have to make up a story, it's not fooling anyone. Your attempt at seducing your fellow lifeguard with your damsel in distress is coming along nicely.

By  ambowew  |  7

You don't have to make up a story, it's not fooling anyone. Your attempt at seducing your fellow lifeguard with your damsel in distress is coming along nicely.

  MRobvious750  |  0

56- I have a great deal of experience in swimming and don't understand how a cramp can seriously put you in danger of drowning. I have say it sounds like OP is just a bad swimmer.

  Namaste_fml  |  2

Because logically thinking, swimming uses those limbs, so those types of cramps would be the MOST disabling and still absolutely no excuse. I have horrible cramps with my period and everywhere else as it comes with the chronic and severe pain that has been my most prominent symptom of my as of yet undiagnosed illness for YEARS. I really know pain and cramps. arm or leg cramp is no excuse anyway, but a period cramp is even less of one because if you can't push past that pain threshold, it's REALLY dangerous to be in that sort of line of work, because your inability to perform despite being in pain endangers other people's lives. pain is crippling, sure, I know that firsthand... but bottom line you CAN actually do things despite being in pain, some people just WON'T. It's fair enough because it's miserable until it gets to this point because then it's dangerous, and the OP has to tale responsibility for that. I think the whole thing about cramps in particular is that they are muscle contractions... they can render limbs unable to be properly used for a short period of time so if it was that then it'd be more than just being paralyzed by pain as it would change how they may have to swim. with a period cramp it would be so. but then, like they said, there is no reason this person shouldn't have been able to swim anyway, being a lifeguard and all. my body just hates me and so not all of it works well all the time anyway, it's oftentimes a lot more than just cramps, but while by this point in my illness I've been disabled in pretty much every other area swimming has never been an issue for me and I wasn't even that strong a swimmer before. it really shouldn't be nearly as hard as the OP thinks it is to swim with ANY type of cramp, really, because I've done those types of things a lot myself and while more difficult than normal swimming, it's nothing that should be able to drown a damn lifeguard. that's ridiculous.

  poopydutchman  |  2

61- I've swam for 9 years competitively and during kick sets when both your legs lock up it can be tough to swim to the wall. being a swimmer yourself you probably know it's really painful. my guess is that op isn't a good swimmer, life guards don't have to be able to swim 500 yards in under 5 minutes, so my guess is that a low level swimmer cramping bad would absolutely fuck them

By  mrahhhhh  |  19

I hate when that happens. Try getting cramps on both feet... while in the middle of a deep pool... while being me. I never really learned how to dive, so I never made it past intermediate child's swimming.

At least you didn't get caught in a riptide like I did. I didn't know you were supposed to swim parallel to shore and then swim in, so I stupidly swam hard toward the beach, and about was washed out farther to sea. Eventually, I beat the tide and reached shore, tired and dazed. Then my friends threw sand at my eyes because apparently they were having a sand fight and thought I was just doing some normal swimming till then. I almost died that day...

This was put up to put OP's FML in perspective. Coulda been a lot worse...