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Lifeguards and Swimming Instructors

Overview
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Lifeguards and swimming instructors watch over and teach swimmers at public and private pools, beaches, health clubs, summer camps, private resorts, and public parks. Lifeguards enforce local laws and the particular regulations of their facility, and provide assistance to swimmers in need. One of their greatest responsibilities is preventing injuries and fatal accidents in or around water. Instructors hold group or individual swimming lessons. Most of their students are children, though instructors teach swimmers of all ages. Both lifeguards and instructors are trained professionals in the techniques of water rescue, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and first aid. There are 141,670 lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Athletic

Helpful

Realistic

Career Ladder
Aquatic Specialist

Aquatics Manager or Instructor Supervisor

Head Lifeguard/Swimming Instructor

Experienced Lifeguard/Swimming Instructor

Entry-Level Lifeguard/Swimming Instructor