Because, uh, yeah...I...
...Kinda had a big massive screw-up.
See, lifeguards have a bunch of lifeguard certificates they have to keep up to date. Most are every two years, but one (well, two, but always linked in the same class) is every year.
Now, I knew I had taken the class last year in either March or May, and I wasn't sure which. So...I figured a few months ago, "come 2016, I'm going to check on the certs". In January, it felt too soon to check, but I knew I needed to in February.
...Problem is...while I needed to check it out in February...life happened. Lots of stuff came up, and the thought once so clear in my mind got pushed away until just recently. Now, as you already know, it's March already. So I should have checked already. I had not. Not until today. I knew it was possible it was this month, but thought it was May, or even if it was this month, that it was in the middle or near the end of this month.
...I was wrong. The cert expires...Tuesday. As in, the day after I'm writing this. Tomorrow. Technically today, since I'm typing it past midnight, but you get the picture. I messed up.
I won't get fired for this sort of thing, and I don't think I'll be barred from working, especially since I let my boss know I need to take the recert class. Still sucks, though. On my last evaluation, it was noted that I keep up to date on my certs. This will ruin that record, meaning on my next evaluation, I'll probably get a sub-optimal rating.
That's likely the only consequence, rather than something more severe, butstill...sucks all the same. I'm usually meticulously obsessive about this sort of thing. That I allowed it to slip by accidentally is...not fun.
And, grr...this would apply regardless, but that DOES mean I'll need to do a lot of pre-reading most likely, maybe even take an online course PRIOR to the actual course (a pain), and then there's the actual testing which I almost always fail the first round of. Stressful, since you only get two tries and you're not supposed to lifeguard without the certificate, so if I fail the second time, well. I'm not sure what I'd do. So, just...uhg.
This is a critical, vital part of my job, I know it is, I recognize why we have to do this, but that doesn't mean it's something I enjoy.