What are the best lifeguard qualifications and training to get ahead?

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What is the best training for becoming a lifeguard? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective lifeguard?

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reedy in Cricklade, United Kingdom

99 months ago

well i dont know what they are in the US but in the UK there are many couses avalabe but the best, and most recognised i the nation pool lifeguard qualification which consists of 37 hours training and covers all the arears about lifeguarding, i also costs £200! but its well worth it if you can get a job. we also do staff trainin which consists of 3 hours a month and focuses on things like CPR, spinal work, tows and equptment.

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Erik in California in Twentynine Palms, California

99 months ago

I am a lifeguard of 5 years and a Pool Manager. In the U.S. specificly Texas and California you have to obtain an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and it cost about $320 for the whole couse with cpr, first aid, oxygen administration, and aed. and the other Certification is USA Pools and i dont know much about then or there price i have only hired one person with that certification.

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Jo Bard in Tampa, Florida

96 months ago

I would recommend getting as many specialized certs (in addition to the basic lifeguard cert, that is) that you can.
Having a waterfront cert and a waterpark cert will only make you more valuable.
Once you have those, you could even go for Instructor status.
I wish you great luck.
Jo B.

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