To meet the lifeguard physical requirements, there’s no denying that you must be fit – not only to pass the certification tests but also to simply perform the job from day to day. Being a lifeguard requires fitness in all areas: strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.
If you are completely out-of-shape, then there is good news… You can start changing that today! Check out our lifeguard exercises for ideas.
True, you may not be physically ready to save a drowning person or even pass the lifeguard certification tests by next week. But you will get there before you realize it if you are consistent in your physical training and don’t give up when the going gets tough.
If you dedicate yourself to improving your fitness level for just 30 minutes a day, you will not only be preparing yourself to pass the lifeguard physical requirements. You will also be sculpting a dream body! Remember both of these benefits for motivation when working out, especially on the days when you just don’t feel like it.
So how physically fit do you need to be to become a lifeguard?
In order to pass most basic lifeguarding courses, you must prove your endurance by swimming at least 300 yards without stopping to rest. This distance is 12 standard pool lengths (or about 6 pool lengths in an Olympic-sized pool).
Another part of the examination that will test your strength requires you to dive for and retrieve a 10 lb weight on the bottom of the pool (7-10 ft below the surface). But that’s nothing compared to rescuing a drowning adult man, right?
If you’re worried about your strength for on-the-job duties, don’t worry. You will have tools available to help you that you won’t be allowed to use during the course tests. For example, the American Red Cross promotes the use of a “rescue tube” which is a 45-54 inch tube used during rescue missions. It will not only allow you to support the victim’s weight but also help you both to feel safer during the rescue.
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