You’ve made the decision that you want to apply for a highly-sought-after position as a lifeguard. What comes next?
First things first, you should consider where you want to work. Will you be applying to the pool directly or will you be able to work with a full-service provider like Continental Pools? A full-service provider usually offers all of the safety training you need, including CPR (Cardioplumonary Resuscitation), all in one location. If you are working independently for a pool, you may need to seek the appropriate safety training from among a variety of sites (including Continental Pools).
Among the types of training needed to be a lifeguard is CPR/AED, basic water rescue, and first aid. CPR certification needs to be renewed every two years. Most training programs offer ongoing courses to ensure you can find a first-time or certificate renewal course to meet your schedule. Some pools will even help you cover the cost of the course.
CPR is a vital skill for a lifeguard. It’s not just learning CPR itself, but being so well-versed in the training that you are able to remain calm in what is likely a chaotic situation and administer this life-saving procedure. Not only do you need help the victim, but you may need to control the crowd to allow access to the victim. All in a setting where time is of the essence – you need to act fast and decisively.
Often, lifeguards will work as a team to administer CPR alternating who performs rescue breathing and who performs chest compressions. This ensures that no one of them gets too tired to perform their part of the procedure correctly.
You will learn all of this and more in your CPR or CPR-renewal course. Be the best lifeguard you can be by getting your training and certification from a trusted provider.
Here are a few FAQs about CPR for lifeguards:
How old do I need to be to become certified to be a lifeguard?
You need to be at least 15 years old to become CPR certified and to be eligible to apply for a lifeguarding job.
How long does it take to become CPR certified?
The time it takes varies by program, but typically it is done in 2-4 hours. Some courses also offer basic first aid, AED and/or Bloodborne Pathogens which may make the course up to 6+ hours.
What do I have to do to become recertified in CPR?
You will need to complete an in-person class prior to the expiration of your current certification.
How do I become CPR certified?
Take a course from a certified instructor, and pass the exam. Continental Pools offers a full range of lifeguard certifications, included CPR.