Becoming a certified lifeguard is a fantastic way to gain new skills and get involved in a role that can really make a difference!

And for anyone who’s interested in exploring this rewarding line of work, here are 5 benefits of becoming a lifeguard.

Improve your communication skills

Even when they’re not in the water, lifeguards are still interacting with people. Monitoring waterside behaviour, dealing with dangerous situations, and challenging unsafe conduct. These are skills that all lifeguards will learn, and they provide excellent boosts to communication abilities.

Increase your self-confidence

Lifeguarding is a highly responsible role. When on duty, a lifeguard is responsible for the physical safety of everyone in the water. This means that lifeguards need to feel comfortable taking the initiative, enforcing rules, and making judgement calls.

This level of responsibility, coupled with the autonomy that comes with it, can be a huge confidence booster.

There’s also the fact that being a lifeguard is plain fun. And knowing that it’s your job to look out for people and keep them safe from harm can leave you feeling really positive at the end of a shift!  

Develop sought-after skills

Not only is being a lifeguard an incredibly rewarding job in itself, but it also paves the way for future employment.

Communication, self-confidence, team work, leadership, responsibility. These are all job market buzz words, and they’re all the skills of a good lifeguard.

Showing prospective employers that you’re capable of maintaining public safety, whilst working independently, demonstrates dependability and maturity. It also shows that you’re willing to take on roles of increased responsibility and autonomy.

Learn life-saving skills

When training as a lifeguard you’ll learn invaluable life-saving skills. And though hopefully you’ll never need to use them, they’re indispensable tools that you’ll be able to carry with you throughout the rest of your life. After all, what’s more transferrable than first aid training?

This also comes back to increased self-confidence. It’s incredibly liberating and comforting to know that, in any event, if the situation called for it, you could potentially save someone’s life.   

Make new friends

From the training room to the pool, becoming a lifeguard is a great way to meet likeminded individuals. The training itself can often prove to be an excellent bonding experience, and working with other lifeguards on-shift (sharing experiences and developing together)  can help build lasting friendships. 

Fancy a challenge? 

If lifeguarding may be of interest to you or someone you know, why not take a course and learn some invaluable life skills? Here at Jesmond Pool we offer a 5-day training course, see bel ow for details!