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How To Become a Lifeguard

A classic summer job

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Going to a pool, lake or beach is one of the most popular summer activities that people and their families love to do when the weather turns warm. At each of those places, there is usually a lifeguard there to watch over everyone playing in the water. Although it may seem that the lifeguards get to relax in the sun all day, they perform a vital job. So what does it take to become one?

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Lifeguards are essential to make sure your family is safe at the pool or at the beach. Working as a lifeguard is a great first job or seasonal job, and though it may seem like anyone can do it, it takes a lot of work to become a certified lifeguard. Organizations like the American Red Cross and the YMCA offer lifeguard certification courses year-round. 

First, not anyone of any age can become a lifeguard. The American Red Cross requires lifeguarding and water safety students to be at least 15 years old by the last day of class. Students must also pass a swimming skills test prior to taking courses. Courses are available in-person or via a combination of online courses and in-person sessions. 

Lifeguarding courses are meant to teach people how to keep others safe in and around the water, whether that’s at a pool, beach or water park. This includes rescue techniques such as CPR, first aid and AED administration.


It is important that lifeguards are there for people to keep people safe, but there are still some water safety tips that lifeguards wish you knew.