2021 Sees Many Openings for Lifeguards
The most important factor for a swimming pool to be open is a large contingent of qualified lifeguards. Many pools were closed during 2020, but in 2021 most of them will be open: and they are looking for YOU! During the last year, while pools were closed, many lifeguards found other employment. That means in 2021 there’s a greater need for lifeguards than there’s ever been. That presents a huge opportunity for people who want to be lifeguards.
While it does take some time to get the necessary certification, it’s not too late. Most certifications last for two years. Continental Pools offers lifeguards the certifications they need, and can even help you find a lifeguarding job. Most lifeguarding positions require first aid, AED, and CPR training at a minimum. Some require more specialized training. However, with the basic certifications under your belt, you’ll be a great candidate for the large number of lifeguarding positions that are available this summer.
Some other skills you’ll need to have to be a lifeguard:
Basic Swimming Skills
You’ll have to pass a swimming test. Some pools require a 100-yard swim; some require a longer swim, like 300 yards. Either way, your swimming endurance will be tested.
You’ll have to tread water for at least one minute (again, this length may vary by pool). When testing to be a lifeguard, you’ll have to tread water using only your legs.
You’ll have to show you can enter the deepest part of the pool feet-first and rescue a “victim” from the bottom of the pool. Sometimes this is some sort of a mannequin; most often it is a brick.
Once you’ve shown that you have the swimming ability and the proper certifications you are on your way to being a lifeguard. The final step is to apply for one of the many available positions this summer. Continental Pools provides staffing for many of the pools in Maryland and can help you find a lifeguarding job that is a good fit for your schedule and location.