CAREER OPTION : Lifeguard
Stay fit and stay in shape while working outside and saving people’s life. It’s the profession of a lifeguard that we are talking about! Lifeguard as the name suggests, is a profession where you will be rescuing people when they are in a dangerous situation. It is more specific to dangerous situations and life-saving activities that take place in the water. As a lifeguard your career will be filled with thrills and challenges and also a great sense of responsibility since the life of those people are on your shoulders. It is your duty to prevent them from drowning, getting hurt or any issues during water activities.
If you wish to choose this career you must possess an extremely challenging and brave personality. This career will give you great job satisfaction and monetary benefits. With the urbanization and increasing interest of people across the globe in water activities and sports, the demand and career prospects for a lifeguard are increasing at a fast pace. Since it a profession that involves risking your own life, the respect received from the society is remarkable. In order to do your job effectively, you need extensive training from institutes within or outside the country.
- Minimum educational qualification required to become a lifeguard is passing marks in your H.S.C. (10+2) exams in any stream under a recognised board of education.
- The minimum age to pursue a career in the field of lifeguard services is 18.
- You must have a brave heart and a challenging personality who is ready to actively take up responsibilities anytime anywhere.
- You must have excellent swimming skills and a very fit and built body.
- You should have excellent observational skills.
- You should have excellent level of concentration and be alert always.
- Your communication skills must be excellent, especially during emergencies.
- You must not panic in emergency situations, but instead must stay calm and also make the others around calm.
How to become a Lifeguard
STEP 1: Since you my get employed even in the open ocean with strong current, cold waves and marine life, you need to acquire excellent swimming skills and the ability to breathe underwater for long. Jumping into the water is the most basic technique of rescue. Hence, we well equipped in swimming.
STEP 2: After being a good swimmer, you can apply in training institutes to develop the skills of a lifeguard. The training period may vary depending upon your skills and expertise. The training will equip you with techniques such as first aid, CPR, handling burns, cuts and other physical injuries. You will be provided with information about the aquatic movement, safety personnel tools and how to teach this to others as well.
STEP 3: The training goes to a maximum period of 6 weeks at the end of which you have to attend a written test, a CPR test, a swimming test and a rescue test. You will then receive your certification. If you wish to provide training to others in this aspect, you need to acquire a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate (WSI). After this, you are a professional lifeguard.
- Life Saving Soceity – West Bengal
- Rashtriya Life Saving Society – Mumbai
- Rashtriya Life Saving Society – Pune
You can work as a lifeguard with swimming pools, beaches, water parks, theme parks, camps, coastal resorts etc. You can also put up your own swimming class or set up a lifeguard training institute.
To begin with you will receive a monthly salary between Rs.10, 000 to Rs.15, 000. This can get as high as Rs.30, 000 per month. With increase in position and promotion, your salary will also increase over time.