Lifeguard Experience

Lifeguard experience comes with how long one is a lifeguard. It is important to understand what this role is. When it comes to aquatics, we all want to have a safe experience, but there may be times when things go terribly wrong. It is then that these professionals take action and ensure that people are protected from the potential dangers of the water.

When someone is considering lifeguarding as an occupation, what characteristics make a good candidate? To begin with, it needs to be someone who can take the job seriously. This means keeping an eye on everyone who is in the water and ensuring that any trouble that is spotted is handled quickly. No matter if it is a person drowning, a dorsal fin of a shark being spotted, or dangerous weather. Your goal is to keep people safe.

Of course, this also means being reliable as people are going to be counting on you. Being on time and ready to work is vital. Each time someone goes into the water, they want to believe you have the ability to take care of them. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy and keeping up with your body strength at the same time.

At the same time, you need to be ready to handle all the diversity that comes along. There will be people of all races and backgrounds that come to enjoy your local aquatics. Your goal is to keep them protected, no matter what your personal feelings or beliefs are about them. It is important to be polite, cordial and ensure that everyone has a fun and safe experience.

Knowing what it takes to be a good lifeguard is only part of the process though, you also need to be able to pass tests and have the qualifications to be a lifeguard. This is important for lifeguard experience.  You will need to be able to do any of the following and more:

  • Swim 300 yards, in various styles such as the backstroke and the breaststroke. Those who can only swim 50 yards may be able to receive shallow water certification.
  • Pass a CPR certification
  • Provide rescue breathing for children and adults.
  • Handle conscious and unconscious choking situations.
  • Successfully use a AED system
  • Understand and perform simple first aid skills
  • Controlling bleeding
  • Applying a sling
  • Applying a splint
  • Perform basic rescue skills
  • Rescues from the front of a victim
  • Backboard removals
  • Multiple person recoveries
  • Take action and lead in rescues

As a lifeguard, you are going to be presented with real life situations that can put your life in danger as you save others. Because of this lifeguard experience, you need to have a clear mind and be prepared to save a person. When you do, you are going to feel like a hero and be celebrated for the good deeds you do, as you keep the swimmers in your monitored body of water safe.

Today’s Daily Swimming Workout:

Warm-up:  500 freestyle, 100 breaststroke kick no board, 200 Individual Medley, 100 butterfly kick-on-back, 100 freestyle

12 x 50 alternating backstroke and freestyle

8 x 75 as 75 each in this order butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke, freestyle, freestyle, freestyle

Pull with hand paddles:  4 x 150 as 25 breaststroke, 125 freestyle

8 x 100 as 50 stroke (IM order) 50 freestyle

Hand-paddles on 2 x 200 freestyle

3 x 100 as 25 breaststroke, 75 freestyle

200 warm-down as choice of stroke(s)

Total:  4500 meters or yards depending on the length of your pool


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