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Lifeguard Overview

If you’re a strong swimmer and already spend all of your time at the pool, consider becoming a lifeguard. Lifeguards keep an eye out for the safety of swimmers and they know when to jump into action to perform rescues. While not every shift will make you a hero, you will get to know the community at your pool and might even get a tan.


  • Pay full attention during your shift. You don’t miss anything. Lifeguards are aware of what’s going on in the pool at all times and recognize dangerous situations before they unfold.
  • Enforce pool rules. Everything from no running to regulating lap swimming schedules.
  • Maintain the pool deck. Make sure the pool area is uncluttered and clean.
  • Keep good records. If pool equipment is broken, you report it, and if there is any kind of incident, you write it up with all the details.


  • Physical fitness. In addition to swimming well, you’ll have to perform lifesaving techniques both in and out of the water.
  • Great people skills. Depending on the job, you may be teaching classes, giving lessons, or disciplining kids. You’ll need to make the pool a welcoming place.
  • Punctuality and professionalism. People are relying on you, so being on time to your shifts and having all of your gear ready to go is a must.


Lifeguarding jobs can be great for young people who are looking for part-time or seasonal work. You must be at least 16 years old to qualify and also need to have updated lifeguard, CPR/AED, and first aid certification. At some pools, you may need to pass an extra swimming test and be comfortable working with kids, but lifeguarding experience is something you can expect to gain on the job.

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