We have a good selection of lifeguard jobs on our site at the moment. Whether you want to work in a municipal indoor pool, a retro lido, or one of the UK’s many beaches, with the summer season just around the corner, employers of all kinds are looking for lifeguards.
Being a lifeguard may sound a bit mundane but it’s actually a very good entry level role for the leisure industry, and equips you with essential skills in health & safety, customer service, and first aid. Lifeguard jobs are a great way of gaining front-line leisure experience and can be a foot-in-the-door for better-paid roles. Many high level leisure managers started their careers as lifeguards.
Lifeguard jobs are highly flexible. You can usually do as few or as many shifts as you want, and hours are often available from early morning to late night seven days a week. You can work as a lifeguard to earn money while studying, or as an extra income around another job.
Becoming a lifeguard is relatively easy. If you have a good level of fitness, can swim, and have a good attitude, then getting qualified is quite straightforward.
Here’s how to do it….
The internationally-recognised NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) or its beach equivalent the NBLQ is essential. Course fees are typically up to £250 but many course providers are fully funded subject to your circumstances, so ask around about funding eligibility before you commit to paying for a course.
The training involves classroom theory work, practical pool rescue skills, first aid, CPR, and life-saving skills. You undertake at least 36 hours of training. To start training you must be able to fulfil certain criteria. These are…
- Minimum age of 16
- You must be able to….
o … get in and out of the pool without using the pool ladder
o ….swim 50m in less than 60 seconds
o ….swim 100m continuously
o ….tread water for 30 seconds
o ….jump/dive into deep water
o …surface dive to the floor of the pool
The NPLQ/NBLQ is valid for two years, during which you must complete a further 20 hours training, and then renew. You can find more about completing the course at the website of the RLSS
To find a job as a lifeguard you can…..
Search specialist recruitment websites such as 4LeisureRecruitment and register for email alerts of suitable jobs.
Look at websites and newsletters of the following types of companies likely to need poolside staff…
- Holiday parks, both in the UK and abroad
- Private leisure facilities and gym chains
- Your local council for its public leisure facilities and beaches
- Your local RNLI who look after many of the UKs beaches
- Hotels with private pools
- Day spas
- Water parks
Always have your CV ready to send off quickly. If you need help building a CV, please check out our website – CV advice and tips
Let any lifeguard friends know you are looking just in case a job becomes available at their workplace.
Becoming a lifeguard is fairly straightforward and can give you access to a range of fun and flexible jobs which help you to build experience and knowledge which can springboard you up the leisure career ladder.