Superheroes do not only wear capes, sometimes they are just in trunks! Lifeguards are considered heroes, they save lives with their skills. Why become a Lifeguard?
Being a lifeguard is an essential task, more so if the summer season is up and the pools and waterfronts are opening to the public. To become a lifeguard, you have to undergo lifeguard trainings, and First Aid trainings to acquire a lifeguard certification.
For you to get convinced on joining the lifeguard club, here are some historic facts and trivia about lifeguarding.
When you become a lifeguard, you will be part of history. I bet you did not know that this profession existed for about 200 years already. In 1855, lifeguards were not called ‘lifeguards’, they were called the “Constable of the Surf”. The first rescue board was developed and improved between the year 1910 and 1915.
What is more interesting is there are lifeguards who became a Hollywood star and a president of the United States. To name them, those were Jack Nicholson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Clint Eastwood, these were the lifeguards who rocked the entertainment industry. If acting is not your style, Ronald Raegan became the 40th President of the United States.
Now, with the presented historical facts and fun trivia, join the lifeguard team. Becoming a lifeguard has quite few reasons, you can enjoy, make money, and at the same time make a difference.
You do not just get a large salary with being a lifeguard, you get paid because you ensure that your community is in the safe zone. You can make a difference by being a good role model to the ones younger than you, this can make your family be proud of you.
Sure you can learn new skills at any job and get paid with a high amount. However, when you become a lifeguard, you did not just acquired a lifelong skills, but it gives you the opportunity to learn how to save lives. Anyone can benefit from the lifesaving skills that you have, you will be equipped with First Aid, CPR, and AED trainings. You did not just get paid, you also gained useful skills.
Being a lifeguard makes you enjoy the outdoors, other than that, it makes you work out and learn lifesaving and lifelong skills at the same time. Lifeguards are strong, fast, and confidently knows the water. Thus, you have to stay in shape when you become a lifeguard. Lifeguards have the need to maintain their fitness to be able to perform their lifesaving duties as quickly as possible.
As you become a part of the lifeguard team, you can make friends. When you become an impact to the lives of other people, your friends list will grow long. Nothing can replace a bond that ensures safety and confidently saves lives, you are not just merely a coworker, but you work together to save other people’s lives. When you become a part of the team, the sense of togetherness and mutual respect is unfathomable and much more amusing than any workplace.
I bet, you did not know that being an accomplished lifeguard has an impact on to your future plans. As being a lifeguard requires you to handle a heavy responsibility, attention, good customer service, good communication skills, quick thinkers, maturity and personality development, these qualities can improve your future employers.
To become a lifeguard is one of the best possible early career; develop leadership skills as you see your self-worth and improve your self-confidence to do your job effectively. Help yourself improve your communication and people’s relation skills, this can be the desirable skills for your future career.
With you knowing the reasons why you should become a lifeguard, it is time for us to know who should become a lifeguard. Let us discover the qualifications of a lifeguard.
A lifeguard as defined is a rescuer who manage the safety and aid of the swimmers, surfers, and other watersports participants. Lifeguards can be seen by the swimming pool, waterpark, or beach. They are without doubt strong swimmers, they are certified in CPR, AED and First Aid, and thus they can rescue those who are in need with an aid and equipment.
Anyone can be a lifeguard. People who are over the age of 15 or 16 may apply, you should be at this age by the last day of the course you have attended.
As soon as you applied, this tells that you are ready to learn the lifelong and lifesaving skills of a lifeguard. You should know that being a lifeguard entails a heavy responsibility, being present at the agreed time, and should be a keen swimmer.
Training differs on the organization that will host it. You have to attend all the training sessions, without any absences. There is a comprehensive test given to the trainees, and it should be passed with a score of at least 80%. To be able to continue to the next level of the training, one must successfully comply with the pre-course swimming test. This test includes:
• The trainee should complete a 500-yard swim continuously with the use of a 200-yard front crawl stroke with rhythmic breathing and stabilizing propellant kick.
• The trainee should complete a 100-yard breaststroke.
• The trainee should complete a 200-yard front crawl with the use of rhythmic breathing, breaststroke, or a combination of both strokes.
• The trainee should complete a 20-yard swim with the use of front crawl, and surface dive onto a depth of 7 to 10 feet, and a 10 pound objectshould be retrieved by the trainee, and be able to return the object to the surface. The trainee should be able to swim back another 20-yards while holding using both of your handsthe 10 pound object, with his or her face out of the water.
The pre-course swimming test should be completed and performed by the trainee with 100% accuracy. The course you took covers the skills that needs to be certified and become a lifeguard. At the end of the course, you will be certified for lifeguarding certification, CPR professional rescuer certification, and First Aid certification, all for 2 years validity.
So much for the requirements and certification, there are also some physical requirements that is needed to become a lifeguard. A lifeguard needs much endurance, since you are required to do prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and stretching while you are on duty. To become a lifeguard you should possess a good eye-hand coordination, with a manual dexterity to manipulate the equipment and activities. Your hearing and eyesight should be in a normal range, to be able to record, prepare and communicate properly. More so, being a lifeguard requires you muscle endurance, you should have the ability to lift a 50 pound.
This may sound funny, but being a lifeguard also needs you to be cooperative in working under the daily exposure to the sun and heat, and endure the varying conditions of the water.
Have the desire and ability! To be a lifeguard is more than just a job to render. It shapes you into a better individual with the valuable skills you have gained. This is an incredible opportunity that can allow you to develop your personality, skills, and allows you to meet more people.