Lifeguards and Swimming Instructors

Employment for lifeguards and other recreational protective service workers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The outlook for lifeguards and instructors is mixed. Public interest in health and physical fitness is increasing steadily. Also, water amusement parks, a collection of swimming pools, wave pools and water slides, are gaining in popularity. Combined with lakes, beaches, private and public swimming pools, not to mention pools located within high schools and universities, the opportunity for employment is plentiful. However, most lifeguard and instructor positions are part time, or seasonal, mainly during the summer months. There are some swimming facilities open year-round, though these jobs are rare. Many students take lifeguard or instructor positions to supplement their income until they finish school. Those who desire to have a full-time career as a lifeguard or instructor should seek the best training available, and consider a college education, as well as advanced training in swimming and lifesaving procedures and techniques.


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