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
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
- 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