Becoming a lifeguard has become more popular thanks to Baywatch, but sorry to tell you, that’s it’s not just running across a sun-kissed beach in a bright swimming costume rescuing beautiful people. You need to be fit, focused and ready to carry out first aid in an emergency and have a Lifeguard certificate. Are you ready for the challenge?
Who is a lifeguard?
As a lifeguard, it’s your job to watch over people to ensure that they’re safe in the pool or at the seaside, and going in to rescue them if they get into trouble. You could be based in leisure centers, private clubs, beaches or at water parks.
What are the requirements to become a lifeguard?
- Excellent physical condition and stamina – You have to be healthy and you should not have respiratory problems. With excellent swimming skills, you should also be able to reach and carry the distressed victim out of the water
- Strong observational and awareness skills – You should be capable of monitoring several users’ activities while looking out for any possible hazards or safety violations and notice emergencies as soon as possible.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills – Your instructions to the users should be conveyed in a calm and clear manner. If an emergency happens you should be able to explain the problem to medical personnel in a concise manner.
- Excellent teamwork and leadership skills – You have to be able to work in a team and assist them when your assistance is needed.
- Good stress and decision-making skills – You should be able to assess and react to emergencies in a calm manner and act according to the procedure. In the case of serious injuries, medical assistance should be called instantly.
- High levels of reliability, honesty, and integrity.
What are the responsibilities of a lifeguard?
- Assembling rescue supplies and equipment.
- Monitoring pool and beach activities.
- Calling out infractions and ensuring swimmers are complying with all safety rules and regulations.
- Monitoring weather conditions and tides on the beach.
- Regulating chemical levels in pools.
- Cleaning the pool/beach area (e.g. bathrooms, ground areas, organizing the equipment).
- Responding to emergencies in a timely manner.
- Administering first aid and CPR when necessary.
- Demonstrating safety procedures.
Job opportunities as a Lifeguard are available from a wide variety of employers, both in a seasonal and all-year basis. Having a Lifeguard certificate from a certified institute will allow applicants to work in any province or territory of a country. Remember lifeguard are real superheroes.