Not sure what a lifeguard is or what it entails? By the end of this blog you will have some sort of clue and know if it’s a right path for you!
What is a lifeguard?
Lifeguards are trained members of staff employed to rescue swimmers who get into difficulty in the pool. You might see them sitting poolside in our yellow shirts with straight faces but rest assured, they’re always ready to act - like when Cade suffered a cardiac arrest during school swimming lessons!
Why choose lifeguarding?
Lifeguarding is a career that works around you - great if you’re still in full-time education or looking for work that fits around your lifestyle.
Not only do you learn lifesaving skills, but the National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) is internationally recognised, meaning you have the potential to work and travel abroad!
It’s also an excellent start for a career in the leisure industry as most managers start as a lifeguard, just ask Lewsey centre manager Ian!
What training is needed?
Lifeguards go through rigorous training, both water competency tests and on land. The NPLQ is split into three sections: a theory assessment, practical pool assessment and practical First Aid/CPR assessment
To ensure potential lifeguards the best start in the course, it’s asked that they can do the following;
- Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age prior to assessment.
- Must be able to swim in minimum of T-Shirt and shorts.
- Swim 100m continuously on front and then on back.
- Tread water for 30 seconds
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Learn more one of the participants, Noreen, below.