Pool Lifeguard vs. Beach Lifeguard

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October 26, 2021 Lifeguard Trainer

A lifeguard has to supervise, monitor, and rescue in the event of an emergency. They have to look after and ensure that the people follow the safety measures and rules to avoid injuries and water accidents. Lifeguards are mostly hired by hotels, resorts, pool and beach administrators, and other community or recreational establishments with water activities. 

All lifeguards pay attention and are trained to observe the water, perform rescue missions and organize first aid and CPR when required. But, how the special training for lifeguards differs is determined by where they work. A pool lifeguard and an ocean lifeguard work in two very distinct environments, signifying that you must meet different requirements to become a certified lifeguard for both environments.

Pool lifeguards

Pool lifeguards are responsible for managing the use of water slides and diving boards, as well as pool maintenance, like checking the chlorine and pH level of swimming pools. They are also responsible for draining and cleaning the pool occasionally and scanning some amenities placed at the poolside. They also give swimming lessons and are there to keep you safe. 

Pool lifeguards inspect the water and look out for swimmers who might be facing a problem. The lifeguards are trained to scan everything in the pool area. They have to change their position, sitting posture, and pattern from time to time to stay alert. They have to look for signs that might result in an emergency and provide emergency care services such as CPR, AED administration, and first aid when it is required.

Beach lifeguards

Beach lifeguards should be experienced in using dual-track radios for contact and coordinate with other lifeguards about activities happening amongst the emergency rescue teams. Beach lifeguards also have to maintain a record of daily weather and the beach environment. Beach lifeguards will alert people about rip currents and inform parents to keep their kids within their reach.

Beach lifeguards are continuously examining the water exactly like a pool lifeguard, but they have to keep an eye on a much bigger area, and it is difficult for them to see beneath the water, so it is necessary to make sure that the beach lifeguard is attentive. Most facilities routinely move beach lifeguards from one section to another section so that they can stay alert and provide breaks from monitoring duties. Beach lifeguards and pool lifeguards have to stay alert and not get distracted throughout their whole shift.

 Lifeguard certification

Be it a pool lifeguard or a beach lifeguard job, it just does not revolve around saving people’s lives. There is more to it; these professionals have to observe, avoid and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies.

If you want to get a certification for lifeguard training, there are certain requirements that should be met to become a lifeguard. You must take some courses to get trained for becoming a lifeguard. There are courses that are created for certain tasks such as group 3 pools, hydrotherapy courses, play leaders, and aquatic rescue training, etc. Either you want to become a pool lifeguard or a beach lifeguard, your certification will be valid for two years. 

At the West Coast Water Safety, we offer a wide range of courses throughout the year for you to get certified. Our courses are developed on a professional level and give you an idea of different techniques and first-aid tips so that you get a sound knowledge of water safety.
For more information on either our Professional Lifeguard Services or Training & Courses on Water Safety & First Aid, please visit our courses or give us a call at 0418 909 935.

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