There are few jobs more important, during the summer time at least, than being a lifeguard. They help keep people safe. They give families the peace of mind that there’s another set of eyes looking after their children while they’re in the water. They’re there when things go wrong. While some people are drawn to the idea of becoming a lifeguard, the truth is that it’s not something that just anyone can do. There are specific skills needed, in order to do the job well. We take a look at three such skills below.
This is what should be obvious. It’s not enough to just be confident in the water; you need to be outstanding in the water. If someone needs rescuing, it’s usually because they’ve found themselves in water conditions that make swimming difficult for regular people. You need to have the strength and endurance to power through even when the conditions are tough.
Sometimes it’s clear when someone is in trouble and needs help, but not always. If you’re going to keep an entire beach worth of people safe, you’ll have to look out and know when the signs of danger are present. It’s this attention to detail that can make all the difference in a life-threatening situation.
Finally, you’ll need the capacity for calmness when things get rough. When everyone else is panicked, it’ll be on you to have a level head and take all the essential steps to minimise the danger.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a lifeguard? Then look at completing a lifeguard course with LIT First Aid & Lifeguard Training. During your training, you’ll learn the ins and outs of keeping people safe in the water, and be on your way to becoming an aquatic professional.