Lifeguards watch over people who are in or around swimming pools lakes and oceans to ensure their safety. They wear a recognizable uniform or bathing suit so that they are visible to the whole area. Sometimes they use high intensity binoculars to keep a sharp eye out for activities both in and around beaches lakes or pools. They are aware of all water hazards and their main job is to rescue any swimmer that is in danger. Lifeguards work at beaches at private and public swimming pools and for municipal recreation departments swim clubs and hotels. In some places of employment lifeguards must be knowledgeable about general maintenance of pool and safety equipment and they often test the pH value of the water before the pool opens. Some lifeguards teach swimming lessons when they are not on active duty. Lifeguards must have a minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent. According to the website lifeguards must be excellent swimmers and also they must successfully complete Lifeguard Training and First Aid Training. Before they can be employed they are required to earn a CPR certificate which must be renewed every few years. Lifeguards must be in excellent physical condition and be able to function decisively in emergencies using appropriate life saving techniques. In addition they need leadership qualities because they have to command the respect of those using the water facility. Many lifeguards work seasonally and a large proportion work part-time. According to the website lifeguards are usually paid by the hour and on average they make $9.25 an hour. However experienced lifeguards can command up to $20 an hour.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $28080
High Salary: $41600
Low Salary: $14560
Tasks: Enforces the rules of a pool, beach, or other bodies of water.
Knows about all types of water hazards.
Rescues swimmers who are in danger.
Ensures the safety of swimmers.
Also Called: Swimmer
Swim Instructor
Water Rescuer
Water Safety Expert
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