Lifeguards ensure that swimmers are safe in pools or in the sea and inland waterways. They help to prevent swimming accidents by being constantly alert to identify dangerous situations.
Swimming Pool lifeguards may be positioned on a raised observation deck or elevated chair at the poolside. They also patrol the edge of the pool, looking out for swimmers in difficulties, or for potential dangers such as over-boisterous behaviour. They give general first aid and in emergencies use life-saving techniques such as resuscitation.
Other tasks include checking water temperature, pH and chlorine levels, setting up equipment, pool maintenance and advising swimmers on the use of the diving boards and slides.
Beach lifeguards supervise users of beaches and inland waterways, endeavouring to prevent accidents by identifying hazards, taking preventative measures, and applying life-saving techniques in emergencies.
Beach lifeguards also provide a point of contact for people on the beach, and apply basic first aid if necessary.
Many beach lifeguards are volunteers who work at weekends and on public holidays.
Lifeguards usually work a 38-hour week, including weekends, evenings and public holidays.
A number of lifeguards work part-time or on a casual basis, or are volunteers.
Beach lifeguards work seasonally, usually during daylight hours only.
As a lifeguard you will need to be:
If you would like to know anything about Lifeguard that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Lifesavers The Royal Lifesaving Society UK (RLSS)
Tel: 01789 773994
Swimming Teachers Association
Tel: 01922 645097
Surf Life Saving Association of Great Britain
19 Southernhay West
Tel: 0870 075 3911
West Quay Road
Tel: 01202 663553
Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management
Tel: 01491 874800