For those who enjoy an athletic lifestyle, a job as a lifeguard can prove to be an incredibly rewarding position. Whether working at a swimming pool or at a public beach, a lifeguard needs to be alert to danger, able to deal firmly but calmly with people who are a presenting a risk to themselves or others, and be decisive and effective in any emergency that arises. A high proficiency in swimming is an absolutely essential requirement. Lifeguards also need a knowledge of first aid, and must be able to assess water conditions and safety whether indoors or outdoors.
Lifeguard Jobs Education Requirements
The requirements for working as a lifeguard differ depending on whether the job is based at a swimming pool, requiring either a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) or a Level 2 Award for Pool Lifeguard; or at a beach, which requires an RLSS National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) or a Surf Live Saving GB (SLSGB) Beach Lifeguard Award. Both types of lifeguard positions require extremely strong swimming skills, which need to be demonstrated as part of passing the qualification, as well as excellent overall fitness levels.
Lifeguard Jobs Market
While a beach lifeguard position is generally seasonal, pool guards can work year round. It is possible to work as a pool attendant while training for a pool lifeguard position, and many lifeguards find their career progressing over time into more senior leisure jobs, or similar sports related jobs including management.
Lifeguard Jobs Salary Information
A newly qualified lifeguard can earn around £12,500 a year, rising to around £18,000 with experience. Supervisor roles can see the upper figure climb to around £29,000. With seasonal and part time positions, an hourly rate of between £6 and £10 is usually paid.