Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Been swimming all these years for fitness and fun? Get that whistle around your neck and sit in that chair!

Amava Take: If you think you have to be a college kid on break to be a lifeguard, think again! Who better than you, with your love of the water and your years of experience making judgment calls? Want to save lives and keep the community water safe? Sure, you do! Marco! Polo!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

People who love the water and have good intuition about when to jump in to help.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Sunscreen, a hat and get to know the swimmers you are watching out for.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Usually this is shift based and you can work weekends or weekdays.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Saving a life is an unforgettable experience.

How would you describe the hard parts?

When a swimmer takes unnecessary risks.

What’s your favorite poolside song?

“I Wanna Be a Lifeguard!”

Special Requirements: You generally need some basic lifeguard training and CPR certification.

Related Classes: Interpersonal Communication, Keys to Effective Communication, Skills for Making Great Decisions, Managing Customer Service, Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search, Handling Medical Emergencies.

Finding a Position: Go to this website that’s just for lifeguards. Another place to look for lifeguard jobs is park and recreation departments, like this one in New York City.