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Many lifeguards spend long hours outdoors, often in direct sunlight. While most swimmers can go for a cooling dip in the water or seek a shady place to relax, a lifeguard must remain at their station. Many lifeguards enjoy sunny days at the beach or poolside, but too much sun exposure can have serious consequences. Sunburn […]

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Pool-goers are typically looking for a laid-back ambiance when they visit their local pool. As a lifeguard, you appreciate these pool-goers the most. They’re reserved and have easy expectations to meet. While swimming pools may not have the echoing cries of seagulls like beaches, they can offer a sunny atmosphere, a soothing climate and the […]

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Lifeguard rescue tubes are a necessary lifesaving device that every pool, water park, recreational center or public swim area should have equipped. Should someone become injured or start to drown, rescue tubes help pull the victim to safety and keep your lifeguards safe in the process. However, like any tool, rescue tubes can become damaged, […]

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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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