Beach: One of the most common places for a lifeguard to work is on the beach. In addition to the threat of drowning posed by water, lifeguards must combat the weather conditions, currents and tides, and marine life. Because of this, beach lifeguards must be in peak physical condition. The length of the beach season depends on your location. Places located in tropical climates may provide year round employment, whereas places located in the northern regions will often employ lifeguards from Memorial Day until Labor Day. If you live on the coast or are looking to relocate to the coast, you can look for jobs with local municipalities, states, or private communities.
Ocean: One of the most overlooked places of employment for lifeguards is the open ocean. While similar to the beach, lifeguarding on the open ocean poses threats from marine life and weather. Lifeguards will also have to be aware of the depth of the water they are guarding. In many cases, you will be watching swimmers from a boat or ship. Common employers include cruise lines and charter boat companies.
Lakes & Rivers: Across the United States there are thousands of lakes and rivers. Often, they are a favorite place for people to cool off during the hot summer months. This creates a need for lifeguards to monitor guests and protect them from the dangers of the water. Similar to beaches and the ocean, lifeguards will need to be cognizant of the weather and any potential wild life that could be a nuisance. Depending on the body of water, there may be currents or rough terrain, like rock formations, that could be dangerous to patrons. Be sure to check out local municipalities and state parks, camps, and adventure companies that provide excursions on lakes or rivers.
So, as you can see there are many different places that you can become employed as a lifeguard. While the most common may be beaches and swimming pools, be sure to search for employment with the other types of facilities so that you don’t limit your chances of finding a job. Expanding your search to different types of facilities can also benefit your pay, schedule, or work environment by giving you more options to consider.