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Professional Life Guard


A lifeguard is a person who supervises the safety and rescue of swimmers and surfers, from drowning in a swimming pool, water park, beach, sea, river or lake. They are trained professionals with a lot of responsibilities on their shoulders. They are expert swimmers trained in swimming and CPR/AED first aid, etc. They are an essential part of emergency services that help the injured or drowned people at the beach or swimming pool.

Lifeguards are supposed to use various equipment and work with other emergency services to help the victim. It is a growing industry in India as India has one of the largest coastal regions and a growing swimming pool and recreational water park industry.

Do You Want to Be a Lifeguard?

To build a career as a Lifeguard you need to first understand the Job profile and responsibility of the job

This blog gives you a detailed idea of what it is to become a Lifeguard in the Sports and Physical health Industry of India.

Job’s Description

The primary responsibility of a lifeguard is to ensure the safety of the visitors to the faculty they are working for, such as a water park, swimming pool or at a beach. The Lifeguard should explain safety rules to the visitors and warn them about unsafe environments and situations so that any mishaps could be prevented in the first place.

They must also enforce rules and policies on proper attire and the showers. The role of a lifeguard is very important as they are the ones to oversee the order and rules are being followed and inspect that no vandalisation is taking place in swimming pool areas, locker rooms, or restrooms.

If working in a controlled facility such as a pool, resort or spa, you would be required to maintain pool equipment, and monitor and record pool temperatures to moderate.

The most important part of the job is to rescue any drowning victims by taking swift judgement and action, helping the swimmers get back to the safety of the solid ground and providing them with CPR or 1st aid if required or calling emergency services such as an ambulance if the situation calls for it.

  1. Communication Skills:

    Communication skills are a must-have for any Lifeguard, they must be able to understand a cry for help, or warn swimmers by use of whistles, two-way radios, megaphones or signal flares. The number of whistles the Lifeguard plays can be a sign of different things such as, gaining attention, warning of risk or violation of safety, etc.

  2. Analytical skills:

    The Lifeguard must know how to analyse the water, weather and wind conditions to warn the swimmers and surfers of forthcoming dangers. They must be good at finding out what problems are caused or could be caused by analysing people.

  3. Swimming skills:  Needless to say, swimming is one of the core skills the lifeguard must have as they need to get into the water to save drowning people and bring them to safety. Sometimes the victim may not even be conscience so the lifeguard may have to carry them by themselves.

First Aid and CPR skills: The drowned victims may require some form of first aid and medical attention once they are brought to land and before the medical emergency support arrives a Lifeguard needs to keep them alive and well. Knowledge of CPR and First aid is a must.

Most Lifeguards work at a swimming pool, water park, beach, sea, river and lake. If working full-time, you would be expected to work 7 to 8 hours a day, i.e as long as the facility is open for swimmers or visitors. You would be required to work on weekends or public holidays as that is the time when most people visit the beach, swimming pool or water parks.

Lifeguards mostly work in their designated area, and other areas are given to other lifeguards to overwatch. Lifeguards have to put their own life at risk to save others and be responsible for evacuating or maintaining order in an aquatic facility during a hazardous situation.

The lifeguard is needed to stay outside in the sun for long periods of time so they need to wear protective gear, and they need to stay awake, alert and ready to jump into action should the need arise. 

Lifeguard jobs are mostly seasonal and they may have to have different career plans for the rest of the year.

The average lifeguard salary in India is around, 20,000 to 25,000 INR, the amount may vary depending upon your employer, your skills and training or even the city you are working in.

With higher experience in a coastal city such as Mumbai or goa, the amount of salary could be significantly higher.

Being a lifeguard is about helping people. The average pay may not be much but if you have a passion for swimming and are very efficient at it, being a Lifeguard is not a bad career option. You do not have to work in an office rather in a water park or a beach but also be up for physically demanding work while saving people’s lives and it is a very responsible job.

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