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How to become a Lifeguard

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Confident swimmer? Like helping people? Look good in slow-motion? You should be a Lifeguard…

Lifeguards work everywhere from indoor pools to oceans and inland waterways, supervising swimmers, and helping to ensure their safety.They are an absolutely essential resource in helping prevent injuries and accidents from occurring in the water. Without them, the lives of thousands of people every year would be in serious danger. Also, there would be no Baywatch.Typical duties for a Lifeguard may include:

  • Observing swimmers
  • Monitoring water conditions
  • Supervising equipment
  • Advising all swimmers on safety regulations, and informing them of any dangerous water conditions
  • Rescuing distressed swimmers from the water
  • Administering first-aid, and performing life-saving measures in emergency situations

You will need to be an extremely confident swimmer in order to become a Lifeguard.

You could find yourself swimming in dangerous waters, at depth, or battling against strong currents, and keeping calm under pressure will be of utmost importance.Lifeguards also generally need a good level of physical fitness and strength, especially as you may need to remove people from the water by force.

Looking good in a red swimsuit/shorts not essential, but may help in this positon.

Other key skills for a Lifeguard include:

  • Courage
  • Quick reactions
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent observational skills
  • Excellent eyesight

"I've been a Lifeguard for around a year now, and I absolutely love it. I work in a local leisure centre, which is great because I get to work with loads of people in my local community, from children learning to swim through to groups of retirees doing aqua-aerobics classes on a Wednesday night. It is a job that comes with a degree of pressure, and you have to be alert at all times, especially when trying to see if someone’s struggling to swim. But it’s quite a relaxed environment, and disasters very rarely happen (touch wood). I get to swim every day, and am even learning to become a swimming instructor on the side. It’s ace."

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