One of the best summer jobs available for teenagers is heading to the local body of water to work as a lifeguard. Whether at the local pool gym, a public neighborhood pool, a beach, or even a large lake or river, there is always a need for qualified, trained lifeguards to watch over the users of the pool. Lifeguarding as a job for teenagers is a great option because it has relatively flexible hours, especially if the individual has swim team or other sports practices, and because the pay is often above minimum wage, unlike many other summer jobs that will hire young people.
This article provides a sample job description and information for a teenager interested in working at their local pool. Remember that the number one key is an awareness and care about the safety of people. Number two is simply being very comfortable, efficient, and effective while swimming, as you need to be in control should a dangerous situation or incident occur. While the requirements very, depending on whether the guard will be watching over a controlled body, like a pool, or out in the wild, so to speak, working in the waves at the beach or at the local lake amongst boats and other water craft. You must pass lifeguard training for the specific body of water in which you will be working, as the requirements and certification levels vary depending on where you will eventually get a job.