Have you been weighing the decision to become a lifeguard?
Whether you’re looking for a summer job or a year-round job, becoming a certified lifeguard through Premier Health and Safety’s’ lifeguard program can provide you with the necessary training and practical experience that not only make swimming pools safer nationwide, but provide an in-demand job skill. Lifeguards that go through our training program at Premier Health and Safety know that our instructors and training programs are second to none, teaching life-saving skills and employment opportunities (particularly for OC lifeguards).
In this article, we’ll take a look at what’s involved to become a lifeguard.
Step #1 - American Red Cross Lifeguard Course
Each person begins the process of becoming a lifeguard by first going through the American Red Cross course, becoming certified by Premier Aquatics’ sister company Premier Health and Safety. Most lifeguard classes are offered to applicants on a weekly basis, which includes intensive training by Premier’s trained staff. In short, this course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies (including providing care for cardiac and breathing emergencies, sudden illness, and injuries until EMS (emergency medical services) personnel can respond to an incident.
Before beginning the course, there are two requirements for potential applicants:
- Participants must be 15 years old
- Participants must complete the required online course before attending the registered 2-day course
First, the course requires participants to complete an online blended-learning course. Once this is completed, there will be 2 days of onsite classroom and in-water training.
Day 1 consists of:
- Completing a 3-part swim test:
- Continuous 300-yard swim,
- continuous 2-minute water tread,
- and one timed-brick carry
- Lifeguarding Presentation
- CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid
Day 2 consists of:
- Completing in-water skills and test outs
- Pass the final written exam with an 80% or better:
- CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
- First Aid and Lifeguarding Skills
Once the coursework is completed, participants will receive the American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
If you’re looking for more information on what’s involved to complete the course, be sure to read the American Red Cross’ Lifeguarding Manual.
(Be sure visit Premier Aquatics website for more information. There, you may find periodic discounts available for new staff to become certified as a lifeguards and swim instructors, as well as active employment opportunities in Orange County, CA.)
Step #2: Orientation and Shadowing
Once you’ve successfully completed the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course, the next step is to apply for open lifeguard positions at Premier, interview, attend orientation, and schedule shadow shifts to learn more about your responsibilities on the job and Premier’s various facilities. This is a mandatory process to help ease those who may have not had formal training experiences.
Step #3: Ongoing Training
Once those prior steps are completed, you’re able to work part-time with Premier Aquatics. Remember, being a lifeguard requires that individuals staying current and fresh. With the responsibility of protecting the water, Premier Aquatics requires its staff and employees to go through quarterly training programs and in-service at each shift to ensure that life-saving information is continually reinforced, as well as answer any questions and concerns.
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Now that you’re aware of what it takes to get lifeguarding certification with Premier and further opportunities, you may be curious to start the process as fast as possible. To learn more about what’s involved with working with Premier, view Everything You Need to Know About Working With Premier Aquatics.
Interested in other certifications through the American Red Cross? Premier Health and Safety offers a variety of courses for kids and adults.