What Does A Lifeguard Do?

A lifeguards job is to protect, educate, and potentially save people who are at a beach or pool. Peter, the lifeguard featured in the video, works as a lifeguard on Pensacola Beach, Florida.

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How Do I Become A Lifeguard?

Qualifications to be a lifeguard may vary from one location to another. It will likely require passing a physical test and a lifeguard course that leads to certification (possibly through the Red Cross).

What is the Average Salary For A Lifeguard?

High – 23,000
Median – 21,000
Low – 19,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Lifeguard?

  • English – as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Foreign Languages
  • First Aid
  • Swimming

What Is The Work Environment For A Lifeguard?

A lifeguard can work at any pool or beach. This isn’t likely to be a full-time, year-round job (although it could be with an indoor pool). In beach locations, this work will more likely be seasonal.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Lifeguard?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences definitely exist. Opportunities may be seasonal.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
  • Payscale

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