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Essential Things Before you opt for a Lifeguard Course

Whenever we visit an aquatic facility, a skilled lifeguard is essential from safety point-of-view. Throughout the article, we will be talking about lifeguards – their duties and their certification course. Lifeguard, as a profession is known for decades now yet the job profile is mostly underestimated, be it a commercial pool facility or a government inspected beach. Almost every swimming pool management groups take care of the certification and qualification of each and every lifeguard who work under their firm.


Before hiring for an aquatic facility, it is also the responsibility of the swimming pool owner to confirm the skillset and approval for practice. Pool management companies train the soon-to-be lifeguards according to the industry norm and the owner is not required to inform them of their responsibilities. The most important duty entrusted to the lifeguards is the safety of people in the water. Their responsibility also includes making everyone whether in or around the pool aware of the hazards that may arise due to negligence. Contrary to the popular belief, lifeguards are not responsible to save lives and care about each individual. Making people cautious is the basic responsibility of lifeguards which are mostly hired by pool management companies. However, in times of aqua emergency, a lifeguard may be the to-be-approached individual for all sorts of assistance. Pool management companies into lifeguard staffing say, lifeguards are ideally not restricted to a desk job and their postings may vary according to the weather. They are posted in open during summers and indoors during the winter season. As an individual, if you want to become a part of this adventurous job, look out for various ‘lifeguards wanted’ notices on the noticeboard. You can also get yourself admitted into a lifeguard certification course and prepare yourself for the rigorous training.


If you want to save people and water thrills you, being a lifeguard will satisfy your adrenaline rush and boost you with confidence. So, before enrolling for the lifeguard course, it is important to make sure that your swimming basics are clear and tailored to suit the needs. A lifeguard certification test includes: Swimming 300 yards (about 6 laps), Treading water (2 minutes, legs only), and Completing a timed event (the lifeguard brick test). The lifeguard brick test is considered the most tricky one as it contains:  Swim 20 yards (without goggles) and locate the brick which is submerged 7-10 feet deep in the pool.  Surface dive with either feet or head first and retrieve the brick.  Swim while carrying the brick to the starting point ensuring to hold it throughout the swim. The brick cannot be submerged, and two hands must be holding the brick throughout the swim.  Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Essential things before you opt for a lifeguard course  

The PDF talks about lifeguards and the tests included in the lifeguard management course.

Essential things before you opt for a lifeguard course  

The PDF talks about lifeguards and the tests included in the lifeguard management course.

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