Lifeguard Training Program to become a lifeguard swimmer. You are a sportsman, swimming lover, with a head on your shoulders and a sense of pedagogy? The lifeguard job can be done for you! The program includes a series of exercises combining taking care of a victim in the water (entering the water + approaching, retrieving, towing and exiting a victim’s water) or out of the water, followed by care given properly (resuscitation or first care). The aspects related to the safety during the intervention as well as to the optimal use of the material available in swimming pool are integrated during these exercises.
What is a lifeguard?
Always at the water’s edge, the lifeguard’s water playground is the playground: the ocean, the sea, the pool, a public pond, a seaside area, a swimming area of all kinds … The master Lifeguard swimmer is the guarantor of the safety of visitors to these different areas. His missions are diverse:
- He must supervise and ensure the safety of the people. In the natural area, he must ensure that the authorized swimming area is well defined and that all conditions are met for everyone to swim safely (wave power, wind intensity, temperature, UV rays, etc.) At the pool, he must check that the equipment and buildings are in good condition and that the rules of hygiene are respected. Once the tourists and other visitors arrive, the lifeguard constantly monitors if everything is going well: his observation work is essential.
- He must help and provide first aid to bathers in difficulty. To avoid drowning and other risks related to aquatic environments. He puts on his life cap.
- The lifeguard is also a teacher: he learns to swim to people who do not master the aquatic activities: breaststroke, crawl, butterfly, back, board, jump, dive… He is able to teach all swimming and other techniques to His students.
- He can take the role of sports coach for people wishing fitness through swimming lessons in a municipal pool, or others.
Characteristics, salary and evolution of Lifeguard training
It should be noted that lifeguard jobs are often temporary
, and that few work in this occupation for the rest of their lives: this is most often a temporary contract or one-off missions, when establishments call on them.
The salary of a first-time lifeguard lifeguard is around the SMIC. After several years of experience, this professional can aspire to other trades with higher responsibilities such as principal sports educator
or head of basin
or head of establishment.
What qualifications are required to practice this profession?
It is above all a matter of being an excellent swimmer, loving and knowing perfectly the aquatic environment in which one evolves. The lifeguard must also be particularly attentive
and have all the senses awake, to be ready to rescue a person at any time. Finally, it is very important for a lifeguard to be very patient and pedagogue
, to be an effective teacher, appreciated but also respected by the students.
What training to be a lifeguard?
To become a lifeguard in the pool, you must hold the National Lifeguard Rescue Certificate
(BNSSA), to renew every five years. To be a bathing supervisor in holiday or leisure centers, a Brevet de Baignades is sufficient.
In addition to this patent, one must obtain the Professional Certificate of Youth, Popular Education and Sport. The persons responsible for the safety of bathers shall be, in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in ministerial decrees establishing operating conditions for swimming pools, in possession of the superior water rescue certificate or the basic water rescue certificate and shall Must receive at least once a year training in resuscitation, first aid and rescue methods.
Lifeguard Training Program
The duration of the lifeguard training is 6 hours, it includes exercises and scenarios. The registered candidates will receive beforehand by postal mail or electronic confirmation of their participation with a detailed schedule. The training content includes a balanced distribution between resuscitation, first aid and water rescue exercises. These exercises are essentially practical and focused on situations close to accidents likely to arrive in a controlled aquatic environment.