Think You Are Done Practicing After Passing Your Exams? Think Again: Once you pass your exams and become certified you are ready to become a lifeguard, but that won’t be the last time you will need to pass a test or practice your skills. The fact is that many employers will ask you to complete a test prior to gaining employment at their organization. In addition, every lifeguard must keep their skills up to date by practicing throughout the season and off-season. It will also become important to pass a test when your re-certification date is coming due.
The lifeguarding team, on the other hand, is made up of the lifeguards on duty. A lifeguard team is formed any time two or more lifeguards are on duty at the same time. The team is part of the larger safety team. As a member of the lifeguard team, you will be responsible for the safety of the patrons and will be the first to respond in an emergency. While it may not be necessary for both guards to be involved in a rescue, it is important that the guards on duty learn to communicate effectively. Because of the seriousness of the situations you will face, it is important that you communicate and practice with the other members of the lifeguard team. This allows you to learn who does each task best. It also allows you to get experience in the different roles of an emergency response.
Now you know the two main teams in lifeguarding, there are specific actions you can take to become a good teammate. Chances are, if you are new to lifeguarding you will not be thought of as the top lifeguard at your facility. In order to be considered one of the best, you will need experience in addition to being a good teammate.