Lifeguards are responsible for swimmers' safety in pools, the sea, or inland waterways.
Lifeguards can work at a pool or a beach, helping to prevent accidents, looking out for potential dangers, and providing general first aid and life-saving techniques in emergencies. Other responsibilities can include setting up equipment, pool maintenance, and advising swimmers on the safe use of the diving boards and other equipment.
Pool lifeguards are employed by anyone who operates a swimming pool - this can be local authorities, leisure centres, private clubs, hotels and holiday centres. There are also opportunities overseas, in holiday centres, hotels, and summer camps.
You can increase both your options and your earnings by obtaining coaching qualifications and giving swimming lessons.
For beach guarding, one of the first contacts should be the RNLI Beach Rescue. They operate a lifeguard service on 43 beaches in the south-west of England. Most other beaches are supervised by local authorities. After the UK summer season ends, there are opportunities to work overseas, particularly Australia or America.
Salaries for full-time jobs run from around ?10,500 up to ?15,000 for the more experienced. For more information on training, certification and employment possibilities, contact the following:
Surf Life Saving Association of Great Britain
Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM)
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