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So, You Want to Be a Lifeguard?

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Do you LOVE the water ? Are you passionate about helping others?

If so, a career as a lifeguard might be the perfect fit for you!

Being a lifeguard is not only about spending time in the water – it’s a crucial role that involves responsibility, quick thinking, and a commitment to ensuring the safety of others.

Auckland Pools and Leisure join us in this insight-packed blog to explore what a lifeguard does, potential work environments, qualification pathways, and even some alternative roles within the leisure sector!

Let’s dive in.

What Does a Lifeguard Do?

At its core, a lifeguard’s primary responsibility is to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of individuals in and around water

Lifeguards are trained to:

  • Identify potential hazards.
  • Enforce rules and regulations.
  • Respond swiftly in emergencies.
  • Maintain a positive, safe and welcoming space for all.

They are the unsung heroes, always looking for distressed swimmers and providing immediate assistance when needed.

Excellent communication skills are crucial, as lifeguards must clearly convey instructions to prevent dangerous situations from escalating.

Exploring Alternative Roles with Pools and Leisure

While lifeguarding is a rewarding career, it’s just one of many options available within the Auckland Council!

As a team member, there are a variety of opportunities to explore, here are a few alternatives:

  1. Learn to Swim Instructor: If you enjoy teaching and helping others develop their swimming skills, becoming a swim instructor might be a fulfilling path. You’ll work with individuals of various ages and skill levels, helping them become confident swimmers.
  2. Customer Support: Help others have a great time at the leisure centre or pool with your expert customer service skills! You’ll be responsible for welcoming guests, answering queries, taking bookings and various customer-oriented and business tasks. It’s a role that requires a blend of leadership and administrative skills.
  3. Recreation: In this role, you would design and organise recreational programs and activities for a community or facility. From Faciliting, coaching to refereeing  your creativity could shine.
  4. Ftiness Consultant – Promoting healthy lifestyles by helping members achieve their health and wellbing goals and delivering fitness programmes for all ages and abilities. A recognised fitness qualification is required for this role.

Make a Splash with Auckland Council Pools and Leisure

Lifeguards play a crucial role in keeping our water-loving community safe. Remember, becoming a lifeguard involves training, dedication, and a commitment to continuous learning.

And if lifeguarding isn’t quite what you’re looking for, the leisure sector has a diverse range of roles that cater to your interests while contributing to the well-being of others!

If you’re ready to dive into this dynamic sector, Auckland Pools and Leisure has plenty of casual and part-time opportunities for you to start gaining experience and developing your skills!

Head to their dedicated Explore Careers profile to find out more now.

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