Lifeguards monitor the safety of people when using the swimming pool or at the coast, they will intervene when needed and administer first aid if necessary. They will make swimmers aware of any dangerous situations and will carry out a rescue procedure in an emergency.
To be a pool lifeguard you'll need a recognised qualification from either the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) or the Swimming Teaching Association (STA).
- RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
- STA Award for Pool Lifeguard
To be a beach lifeguard you'll need a different qualification. You could take either:
- RLSS National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ)
- Surf Live Saving GB (SLSGB) Beach Lifeguard Award
You'll also need to:
- be aged 16 or older
- to have a background check which your employer will arrange for you
Click here to find out more about becoming a RNLI Lifeguard
Career Path and Progression
You could become a leisure centre manager with the National Pool Management Qualification.
Some pool lifeguards gain swimming teaching or coaching qualifications and give swimming lessons.
You could compete in lifeguarding competitions.
You could lead a team of lifeguards and train them.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Leisure centre manager
- Leisure centre assistant
- Sport and exercise psychologist
- Sports coach
- Swimming teacher
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- A very strong swimmer
- A good level of fitness
- Good concentration levels
- Very observant
- Able to keep calm in difficult situations
- Able to act quickly in an emergency
- Good communication skills
- Confidence in your own abilities
£13,000 to £29,000