Want a Greater Chance of Landing a Lifeguarding Job? Expand Your Search to These Places

by Pool Builders on 09-29-2013 in Articles

After deciding to pursue lifeguarding, you will want to begin searching for potential employers. Many people will already have an employer in mind before they pursue their lifeguarding certification. Often, new lifeguards look at local swimming pools and local beaches first and fail to search different types of aquatics sites which could increase their chances of landing a job. Outlined below are the major aquatics sites where you can become employed as a lifeguard. While these are not the only places to work as a lifeguard, they make up a majority of the lifeguard jobs.

Swimming Pool: Swimming pools make up a large portion of lifeguarding jobs. Some pools have both indoor and outdoor facilities which allow you to work year round. Part of working at a swimming pool may include learning which chemicals need to be added to the pool at certain times. You may also be asked to become certified to teach swim lessons. When searching for facilities that employ lifeguards, be sure to look at retirement communities, local municipalities, and hotels and resorts. Other potential employers include private clubs and communities.

Wave Pool: Wave pools are facilities that combine the waves of the open ocean with the controlled environment of a swimming pool. At wave pools, machinery is used to create artificial waves that simulate the waves at a beach. Similar to swimming pools, wave pools can be found both in and outdoors and give lifeguards the opportunity to work year round. When working at a wave pool you may be asked to have additional knowledge about the wave-creating machinery, but often they will employ maintenance staff for this. Wave pools can be found within water parks, at hotels and resorts, or within local communities.

Water Park: A water park is another potential facility that you may become employed at. Lifeguarding at a water park is similar to lifeguarding at a pool, with the added risk of water slides and rides. As a water park lifeguard, you will be stationed at an area of the park and be responsible for the patrons in that area. Not only will you have to monitor for guests who may be in danger, but you will also need to make sure that the water slides are operated correctly and efficiently. Like wave pools and swimming pools, water parks can be located either in or outdoors. They are often found at amusement parks and hotels or resorts.

Beach: One of the most common places for a lifeguard to work is on the beach. In addition to the threat of drowning posed by water, lifeguards must combat the weather conditions, currents and tides, and marine life. Because of this, beach lifeguards must be in peak physical condition. The length of the beach season depends on your location. Places located in tropical climates may provide year round employment, whereas places located in the northern regions will often employ lifeguards from Memorial Day until Labor Day. If you live on the coast or are looking to relocate to the coast, you can look for jobs with local municipalities, states, or private communities.

Ocean: One of the most overlooked places of employment for lifeguards is the open ocean. While similar to the beach, lifeguarding on the open ocean poses threats from marine life and weather. Lifeguards will also have to be aware of the depth of the water they are guarding. In many cases, you will be watching swimmers from a boat or ship. Common employers include cruise lines and charter boat companies.

Lakes & Rivers: Across the United States there are thousands of lakes and rivers. Often, they are a favorite place for people to cool off during the hot summer months. This creates a need for lifeguards to monitor guests and protect them from the dangers of the water. Similar to beaches and the ocean, lifeguards will need to be cognizant of the weather and any potential wild life that could be a nuisance. Depending on the body of water, there may be currents or rough terrain, like rock formations, that could be dangerous to patrons. Be sure to check out local municipalities and state parks, camps, and adventure companies that provide excursions on lakes or rivers.

So, as you can see there are many different places that you can become employed as a lifeguard. While the most common may be beaches and swimming pools, be sure to search for employment with the other types of facilities so that you don't limit your chances of finding a job. Expanding your search to different types of facilities can also benefit your pay, schedule, or work environment by giving you more options to consider.

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