After deciding to pursue lifeguarding, you will want to begin searching for potential employers. Many people will already have an employer in mind before they pursue their lifeguard courses. Often, new lifeguards look at local swimming pools and local beaches first and fail to search different types of aquatics sites which could increase their chances of landing a job. Outlined below are the major aquatics sites where you can become employed as a lifeguard. While these are not the only places to work as a lifeguard, they make up a majority of the lifeguard jobs.
Swimming Pool: Swimming pools make up a large portion of lifeguarding jobs. Some pools have both indoor and outdoor facilities which allow you to work year round. Part of working at a swimming pool may include learning which chemicals need to be added to the pool at certain times. You may also be asked to become certified to teach swim lessons. When searching for facilities that employ lifeguards, be sure to look at retirement communities, local municipalities, and hotels and resorts. Other potential employers include private clubs and communities.
Wave Pool: Wave pools are facilities that combine the waves of the open ocean with the controlled environment of a swimming pool. At wave pools, machinery is used to create artificial waves that simulate the waves at a beach. Similar to swimming pools, wave pools can be found both in and outdoors and give lifeguards the opportunity to work year round. When working at a wave pool you may be asked to have additional knowledge about the wave-creating machinery, but often they will employ maintenance staff for this. Wave pools can be found within water parks, at hotels and resorts, or within local communities.
Water Park: A water park is another potential facility that you may become employed at. Lifeguarding at a water park is similar to lifeguarding at a pool, with the added risk of water slides and rides. As a water park lifeguard, you will be stationed at an area of the park and be responsible for the patrons in that area. Not only will you have to monitor for guests who may be in danger, but you will also need to make sure that the water slides are operated correctly and efficiently. Like wave pools and swimming pools, water parks can be located either in or outdoors. They are often found at amusement parks and hotels or resorts.