The requirements for becoming a lifeguard are pretty common among all organizations. You must be 16 years old by the time you have completed the class. As far as water skills, you must be able to swim 200-400 yards, tread water for two minutes, and grab a 10 pound brick from 8-12 feet of water with a feet first surface dive. They course should cover CPR, First Aid, and AED training.
American Red Cross lifeguard training is valid for 2 years while organizations.
Food for thought: When considering the time frame your license is valid, it may seem appealing to obtain a license that expires every 2 years, however, ask yourself this... Will you remember EVERYTHING about CPR and saving lives?
Being licensed through a company that requires annual training will refresh your skills and increase your confidence to maintain a safe pool. Look for companies that provide continual training in season to help keep you on your toes throughout the summer as well.
More Than Just a Guard
Being a lifeguard is more than just a summer job. Not only will have lots of fun, have an amazing tan, play a valuable role in your community, but you will gain valuable skills that will help you become a well-rounded individual.
You will communicate with pool patrons, work hand-in-hand with other guards, you will be part of a team that provides a safe work environment. BEST OF ALL, you will become a role model to many of the children visiting your facility. We are talking “super hero like” status. As a Lifeguard you will have an incredible opportunity to meet wonderful people and develop life and job skills that will last forever.