Career As A Life Guard

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Industry: Sports                    Career: Life Guard


A lifeguard is an on-water rescuer who supervises the safety and rescue of surfers, swimmers and other water sports participants such as in a water park, swimming pool or beach.


  • Rigorous training to stay in top shape
  • Taking refresher courses to stay up to date with safety requirements
  • Treat the pool with appropriate concentration of chemicals on a regular schedule
  • Monitor pool-related activities closely throughout shift and identify any safety issues
  • Direct swimmers out of the pool in hazardous conditions
  • Monitor weather reports closely to ensure safety of guests
  • Provide swimming lessons and swim team coaching when available
  • Maintain a clean environment in and around the pool
  • Provide assistance to patrons when appropriate or necessary
  • Open the pool each day and close it down each evening, depending on schedule and hours


  • A diploma from an accredited university Degree
  • Certification in First Aid
  • Qualified to teach swimming lessons or coaching a swim team would be highly desirable
  • A minimum of 2 years experience as a lifeguard is preferred


Depending on the environment, the following lifeguard equipment may be provide by the institution that employes a lifeguard;

  • Whistle
  • First Aid Kit
  • Floaters
  • Swimming or diving gear
  • Diving equipment
  • And many more


To be a good life guard, you require;

  • Great physical health
  • Endurance
  • Alert and highly aware of surroundings
  • Flexibility to work under any schedule
  • Confidentiality and integrity;
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Relationship builder & effective negotiator;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Self-motivated;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Adaptability and reliability


As good athlete can seamlessly translate their skills in the same sport as a coach or mentor.