We often ask ourselves, ‘why take waterfront lifeguarding?’, the answer is simple, to provide help with the techniques needed for those in and around the water.
The waterfront lifeguarding incorporates both the lifeguarding course with the module for waterfront skills. It is needed to equip the lifeguards the knowledge and skills that are needed to prevent and give aid to emergencies in open-water and non-surfareas that are found at resorts, public parks, summer camps and campgrounds.
Those who want to join the waterfront lifeguarding training wishes to obtain a responsible job and leadership experience through saving lives.
The prerequisite for waterfront lifeguarding are:
- The participant must be at least 15 or 16 years old
- The participant must bring a proof or certification of current Lifeguard, First Aid, AED or CPR training.
The participant will be asked to perform pre-course swimming skills, he or she must be able to execute the following:
- Swim 500 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, and demonstrates rhythmic breathingandbreath control.
- With the use of legsthe participant should tread water for 2 minutes. The participants should place their hands under their armpits.
- Retrieve a 10 pound object from 7 to 10 feet deep, resurface and swim another 20 yards with the weight, using legs only and exit the pool within 100 seconds.
Just like the lifeguard certificate, the certificate of waterfront lifeguarding lasts for two (2) years.
The duties and responsibilities of waterfront lifeguarding are:
- The lifeguard should be responsible for overseeing the waterfront.
- The lifeguard should be responsible for learning the basic facilities, layout of the camps, and the communication system in the event of an emergency. Be familiar with the phone locations, First Aid stations, and information station.
- The lifeguard is responsible for enforcing all the waterfront rules.
- The lifeguard should maintain a constant surveillance of patrons in the facility, he or she should act immediately and appropriately to secure the safety of patrons in the event of an emergency.
- The lifeguard should provide emergency care and treatment as required until the emergency medical services arrive.The lifeguard is responsible for giving basic First Aid and CPR.
- The lifeguard must present his or her professional appearance and attitude at all times and maintains a high standard of customer service.
- The lifeguard must perform various maintenance duties as directed to maintain a clean and safe facility.The lifeguard is responsible for keeping the waterfront neat, clean, and free of any hazards.
- The lifeguard must prepare and maintain appropriate activity reports.
- The lifeguard must perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Waterfront lifeguards should have the following skills:
- Strong and keen swimming skills
- Observational skills
- Outstanding concentration level
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to calmly and act quickly during an emergency
Waterfront lifeguards are taught to help those who are in and near the water, but with the latest safety and rescue techniques that can be provided, and the critical care delivered, like First Aid, CPR, and AED, when it is needed the most.
Once you are successful in completing the courses for waterfront lifeguarding, the opportunities are endless. Enjoy the benefits of this certification!
The certification of waterfront lifeguarding is valid for two (2) years. It is issued on the last day of the waterfront lifeguarding course.
Some of the benefits in having a waterfront lifeguarding certification are:
- You have a national certification with the ability to work at any pool, waterslide or any waterfront areas.
- It has a great work environment, and warm pools in winter.
- You have a great future employment opportunities in the recreation field! The employers value your dedication.
- You have a higher entry level pay than any other jobs.
- You have to work with people who enjoy this career. Thus, you have to stay fit and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
- You have an access to a broad range of recreational programs and facilities.
- You know how to save a life with your lifesaving skills, such as water rescues, First Aid, and water rescues.
The process of becoming a waterfront lifeguard can be challenging, but with the given benefits, it can be rewarding!