They keep an eye on everything happening from poolside and are qualified to intervene and even save someone's life if they are in trouble.
For many, life guarding provides an excellent foundation for a career in the leisure industry - many pool managers began their professional careers as a lifeguard
We think there are loads of great reasons why you'd want to become a lifeguard and we guess you must think it's a pretty good idea too!
First and foremost you are providing an amazing public service. You will without a doubt make people feel confident, happier and safer just by being on the poolside and you could potentially save a life.
Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry. Many senior managers began their rise to leisure stardom by life guarding at their local pools.
The opportunity to get fit. Not only will you have to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard but you will be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter.
You get to work with a team of young like minded people, so there's plenty of opportunity to increase your social circle!
If you're a competitive type there is plenty of opportunity to show off your life guarding talents in events like the National Pool Lifeguard Championships (team event) and the Lifeguard Triathlon.
Lastly, but still very importantly, you will gain a skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life.
Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must be at least 16 years old and must be able to:
Swim 100 metres on their front
Swim 100 metres on their back
Swim 2 lengths in 60 seconds
Surface Dive to the bottom of the pool (1.8 metres Deep)
Have 100% attendance
Jump/Dive into deep water
In deep water, tread water for 30 seconds
Climb out of the pool unaided without using ladder/steps
16 years old or over before the exam date