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Lifeguards are responsible for more than monitoring the water and pulling swimmers to safety. They also treat minor injuries, administer lifesaving CPR and perform various tasks to keep the swimming area safe and enjoyable for all. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, lifeguards made 243,809 reported medical aids in 2018. Medical aid is defined as any action that […]

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Lifeguards’ primary responsibility is keeping swimmers safe while they are in the water, but the job differs based on where you work. Lifeguards work on natural beaches, at water parks and at indoor and outdoor pools. Varying factors in these environments, such as the depth of the water, can mean different lifeguard training and certification. […]

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Being a lifeguard is one of the most rewarding careers to pursue because every time you show up for your shift, you play a vital role in keeping people safe — this often leads to increased self-confidence and a greater sense of purpose. Lifeguarding also teaches important life skills, including leadership, teamwork and critical thinking. Indoor lifeguards […]

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If you’re in the middle of filling out college applications, you may be wondering what you can do to appeal to recruiters. Colleges can be strict in the criteria they look for when accepting students, and those who have impressive credentials stand out the most. Even if you have the best test scores and highest […]

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When the weather begins to get warmer, it means lifeguard season is just around the corner. Whether you are a seasoned swimmer with years of lifeguarding experience or a new recruit anxious to learn the ropes, here is what you need to know about getting ready for the lifeguard season. Secure a Job If you […]

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Your body loses heat 25 times faster in cold water than it does in cold air. As a lifeguard, exposure to cold water is often a part of the job — so what can you do to protect yourself?  The first step is to equip yourself with high-quality gear and know what to wear in cold water. […]

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At pools, beaches, waterparks and lakes, lifeguards take vigilant watch over swimmers and patrons and are ready to spring into action to provide life-saving care at a moment’s notice. In 2017 alone, lifeguards in the United States Lifesaving Association performed 75,951 rescues at beaches around the country and administered medical attention and first aid in 546,707 instances. […]

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As a lifeguard, you’ll often interact with pool chemicals, and without proper training and knowledge, adding chemicals to a swimming pool can be dangerous. Swimming pool chemicals are responsible for thousands of emergency room visits every year, but knowing about pool chemical safety can help prevent accidents and injuries. While you’ve taken chemical safety training as […]

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Lifeguards perform a wide variety of duties, ranging from water surveillance to pool maintenance. At many pools, trained lifeguards will also serve as swim instructors. Over the summer, 20% of kids ages 4 to 17 are likely to take swim lessons. Learning to swim is not only an excellent form of exercise, but it also equips children […]

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Pools, water parks and beaches employ lifeguards because they are vital to keeping swimmers safe. All lifeguards are trained to monitor the water, perform rescues and to administer first aid and CPR as needed. But, the specific training for lifeguards varies depending on where they work. A pool lifeguard and an ocean lifeguard work in […]

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