Lifeguard Jobs – 11 Places to Find Work

  1. The lifeguard jobs that most people first think of are at local pools.  If privately owned, these pools may hire their own lifeguards directly so get in touch with the pool’s management for more information about their hiring requirements.  If you want to work at a pool, look past your local public facility to find other opportunities such as at hotels, apartment complexes, or senior retirement communities.  Generally it seems that the most widely accepted certification for pool lifeguards is the Lifeguarding course offered through the American Red Cross.
  1. If you live near a water park, this is a fun place where you can find employment.  The American Red Cross specifically offers a Waterpark Lifeguarding certification but before signing up for this course (if you haven’t already taken one), check with the human resources department first to find out what certificates the park prefers its lifeguards to have.
  1. Although technically not a lifeguard job, you can branch out and increase your aquatic skill set by becoming a Water Safety Instructor at the American Red Cross.  Instructors must be at least 16 years of age and complete the 30 hours of training to teach the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety class.
  1. You can also look for a job teaching swimming lessons or lifeguarding at a local YMCA branch.  Each branch is different so call the branch or visit its website to find out how you can become eligible for employment and gain an edge over other applicants.
  1. Lifeguards can also find employment through state parks, often through your state’s Department of Natural Resources or Conservation or Recreation.  Meeting the state’s requirements will give you an opportunity to work at facilities across the state which might include community pools, beaches, or waterfront park areas.  Visit your state’s website and type the keyword “lifeguard” into the search bar to find out more information regarding work opportunities.
  1. Other government organizations that offer lifeguard jobs include city governments which many times offer training as well.  For example, the City of Tempe, Arizona has a website at which includes a page about positions offered by the City of Tempe Aquatics department.  If you live in or near a larger city, visit that city’s website and do a search for “lifeguard” to find work and training opportunities.
  1. If you love the ocean, why not spend a summer at the beach?  If you do not live near the ocean, there is always the option of renting a place with a group of co-workers for the summer.  To become a beach lifeguard, you will need to earn a “surf” certification which is more challenging than other programs.  However beach lifeguarding looks really great on a resume because of the skills that it demands.  To find a reputable training program, take a look at the United States Lifesaving Association’s website for a list of USLA certified lifeguard agencies.  The USLA is a nonprofit organization that sets a high standard in the United States for beach and open water lifeguarding.
  1. Nearby lakes, rivers, and other waterfront areas also offer outdoor jobs.  If the property is privately owned (such as at a campground), the owner may hire employees directly but if it is owned by the state, you may be able to get a position through your state’s Department of Natural Resources or Recreation as mentioned earlier.
  1. If you’re looking for a temporary summer job, don’t forget to apply to children’s summer camps.  Most camp facilities have swimming pools and might offer swimming lessons or day-trip excursions to nearby lakes and rivers.
  1. When conducting a search for lifeguard jobs, don’t overlook local pool management agencies which may offer lifeguard staffing for their residential and/or commercial clients in additional to pool cleaning and maintenance.  The work might include assignments at residential apartment or condo complexes or at commercial pools open to the public for profit.
  1. And finally, don’t forget about nearby schools.  Many elementary, middle, and high schools have pools that offer hours open to the public in the evenings and on the weekends.  Most colleges and universities have large pool facilities but tend to hire their own students.  If you are a college student, then this might be a convenient option for you to fill the time between classes.

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