WHAT EXACTLY IS A LIFEGUARD?
A lifeguard is a person responsible for the safety of others in and around bodies of water. Lifeguards are the ones responsible for monitoring an aquatic installation (be it a pool, beach or water park) and preventing accidents. They are also the first ones to act when the need arises, and are properly trained in providing first-aid care.
The Lifesaving Society has been the organization for lifeguarding training in Canada since 1896. Being one of their partners, Aquado offers several lifeguard courses for teenagers or adults who wish to become a lifeguard.
However, this is not to be confused with an instructor, who is a lifeguard that has taken Water Safety Instructor training with the Red Cross, which qualifies them to teach swimming.
Why should I become a lifeguard?
There are tons of good reasons to become a lifeguard. To be a lifeguard is to have an exciting and rewarding job, to be a role model for children, to work in a pleasant work environment, to have a flexible schedule, to work with the public and children, to stay in good shape and to encourage kids to better themselves and stay active.
In addition to being a rewarding experience, becoming a lifeguard is an excellent way of receiving autonomy and larger responsibilities.
Finally, you’ll make more lifeguarding than you will as most other summer jobs.
Places that hire lifeguards
Public pools, with some 250 in Greater Montreal, are the biggest hirers of lifeguards. Here are a few other possibilities: Military bases, Water parks, Hotels, Campgrounds, Marinas, Beaches
Beginning this summer, Aquado will offer an at-home lifeguard service to over 50 neighborhoods. If you’re interested in working with a team of passionate and dynamic young people, from your own neighborhood, then send us an email!
BECOME A LIFEGUARD WITH AQUADO, PARTNER OF THE LIFESAVING SOCIETY
Contact the Aquado team to learn more on the steps to becoming a lifeguard. Our lifeguard lessons are an excellent way to develop the skills and knowledge required for the various certifications.
Requirements for Becoming a Lifeguard
To become a certified lifeguard, you must take the following steps :
First, a lifeguard student must obtain the Bronze Medal to progress. This is a certificate based on 4 basic lifesaving concepts:
- Physical fitness
To obtain this certificate, candidates learn towing, carrying, defense and release techniques. This training allows them to effectively save the life of both conscious and unconscious victims.
It covers emergency procedures, teamwork and tending to victims suffering from spinal injuries and cardiopulmonary arrest.
The next step is Standard First-aid/AED certification. This training consists of preparing the candidate for being responders to and during accidents until emergency assistance arrives.
Finally, the National Lifeguard certificate is the last step for becoming a lifeguard/lifesaver in Canada. This certification is recognized as a performance standard and ensures in-depth understanding of lifeguarding principles. National Lifeguard training is the only service Aquado cannot provide at home due to the size of private pools.
Other certifications are also available, but they are optional for becoming a lifeguard. This is the case with the Bronze Star certification. While this course isn’t required for any future certifications, it gives apprentice-lifeguards a brief introduction to lifeguard training so they can see if they would like to continue in this profession.
Did you know that…
Madeleine, 25 months old, is our youngest swimmer to swim the length of a complete pool without any help.