After years of being told by friends, relatives and associates including some who have worked for me, that I needed a website, I finally decided to have one for a number of reasons. One reason is that I have had what most people call an unusually diversified life and am willing to share those events with the relative information and facts accumulated. If that reflects the characteristics of a teacher or mentor I plead guilty. I have been fortunate to have had numerous experiences in my life primarily because the knowledge and skill of a new activity or endeavor was more attractive to me than the remuneration for it. I suspect it might have had to do with the fact that both my parents always encouraged me to try something new for the sake of the experience if for no other reason. My Dad always said, “No one can take what you have learned from you and you never know when it will come in handy.” Consequently, my diversified life page reflects that philosophy although activity in, on and around the ocean dominated it. And, Dad’s prediction of skills and knowledge coming in handy now and then turned out to be quite often. However, any visitor to the website that recalls the old adage about, “A jack of all trades, master of none,” will appreciate the fact that it did have its effect in more than a few situations. But, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” turned more than one situation into a positive conclusion after a scary beginning.
I do not intend to leave the visitor to this website with the impression that my knowledge or ability in the water was unique. However, I did have the privilege of learning from some of the best watermen of their time. Watermen whose reward, in addition to a small salary, was the personal satisfaction that they had saved lives, and the opportunity to teach, coach or lead others in the knowledge and skills required to be a “waterman.” It was in the Washington DC area where I was exposed to competitive swimming, water polo, and other aquatic competitions. The eastern shore of Maryland was where I learned surf rescue skills and techniques with the Ocean City Beach Patrol when no floatation devices such as the tube existed at the time.
Check out the links to the left of this page. Especially if you are an alumni of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Patrol or any other endeavor that is mentioned in my website.
I hope the waterman or woman who visits my website can relate to some or all of the experiences mentioned and hope the casual visitor finds some facts, pictures, or events interesting enough to warrant the visit. You might find one of my books interesting on the book page. Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to sign my guest book, leave a note or ask a question. I’ll do my best to send you an answer as soon as I can or post it on this site if you prefer not to leave contact information.
Sincerely, J.T. “Lucky” Jordan
2010 OCBP Reunion