Nothing in this world is greater than saving people’s lives. If you also have that zeal and passion and are willing to serve the society as a lifeguard then you are at the right place.
What is a lifeguard
The name itself speaks loudly that lifeguards guard lives! Their role is to overview the surrounding water bodies and look for any threat to the lives of people and respond accordingly. They are trained with the techniques of First Aid, AED and CPR. They rescue the people who face difficulty while swimming and assist them. They may also take swimming lesson if asked. They might also be responsible for the cleanliness of the surroundings while handling the complaints of customers on the other side.
How to become one
You have to invest your money as well as time equally to become a lifeguard. There are various organizations or academies which provide certifications the cost of around $180 to $450 and a total time of 25+ hours. While this is just an overall glance of the requirements, below is the complete list of prerequisites for the lifeguard certification
- Must be more than 15 years old.
- Should continuously swim around 300 yards to show breath control.
- Tread the water for a duration of about 2 minutes.
- Must use legs also while swimming (Should have a strong kick)
- Should swim when put on with weight.
- Must be able to surface dive and swim without goggles.
- Should be able to swim with legs only while holding the victim.
What you will learn
The Lifeguard certification. courses consist of in class training which is the theory of course and also the practical to demonstrate the real-life scenarios. Here’s a quick overview of what you will learn in the certification:
- Rescue skills such as rescuing multiple victims, surface dives, simple as well as deck assist.
- First aid skills such as secondary assessment, controlling the bleeding from external areas, applying binders etc.
- Giving CPR and AED as a professional rescuer.
- Ability to avoid distractions, working with team of lifeguards.
- Properly scan the water to look for any possible threats and ensure all the swimmers are safe.
- To assist the primary lifeguard.
For successfully getting certified as a lifeguard you need to be sincere and punctual in the case of your classes and training. There will be periodic exams which you are required to write and the last exam would require a percentage above 80. For real life training, about three real life skill scenarios are arranged where you are put into real life situations and are expected to act accordingly. If you pass all the written tests and the scenarios then you will be provided with the required documentations and certified as a lifeguard.
Lifeguarding job provides means of boosting self-esteem and love towards the mankind while also earning you that extra penny if you consider working part-time.