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Lifeguard jobs at camp

Are you?

A strong swimmer, Diligent, Enthusiastic, Observant

Bonus qualifications

NPLQ / RLSS certification, ASA level 2 swimming teacher, American Red Cross (ARC), An expired lifeguarding qualification

Why should I teach Lifeguarding at camp?

If you’d like to spend your summer by the water, swimming and soaking in the sunshine; then this is role for you.

When applying, you should look to highlight your ability and skill level in and around the water. You need to be a strong swimmer and if you don’t have previous experience in lifeguarding, you must be extremely eager to learn.

Lifeguarding jobs abroad are certainly some of the best ways to earn money and we can’t think of a better or more fun place than summer camp.

What does a lifeguard do at summer camp?

Being a lifeguard is arguably the best job you could ever have at camp! You’re going to have the ultimate tan, full access to the stunning waterfront plus the perks of being able to jump in and cool off during those long, hot summer days. Get your Hasselhoff on.

Many camps will also have daily swimming lessons, where you become the teachers - from beginners strokes to swim meets; working as part of a core team of lifeguards you’ll experience an exciting amount of variety.

As a lifeguard you may be stationed at the lake or pool, then find yourself kayaking or working with the inflatable toys and later hosting a pool party and boat racing on the lake!

Every camp director is going to be looking for enthusiasm, energy and responsibility, as although it is a lot of fun it is also one of the most important and safety focused roles at camp.

Lifeguarding is a lot of responsibility. You will get all the training you'll need in staff training which means you'll learn how to keep the swimmers safe and perform first aid and rescues if needed. Emergencies are very rare (I have only had two in six years), and when things go right, you get to sit in the sun, have fun with the kids, and you get swim breaks – ideal on a hot day!

Liam Cutler
Camp Homeward Bound

Frequently asked questions

How can I make my lifeguarding application stand out?

If you'd like to be a lifeguard at summer camp, or a lifeguard in the future, it might be worth getting qualified. As although the US camps will be wanting an American red cross certification (which you’ll be able to do at camp) you’ll find that experience and country specific certifications will make all the difference to your application.

How do I become a lifeguard at camp?

When you begin your application you’ll be asked to select your top skills. Make sure you choose lifeguarding and go into detail about what you’re going to bring to the role. You’ll be able to choose your current experience level and if you’re already qualified. A camp director will then be able to assess if you’re a good fit and invite you to their camp.

Will I be trained for lifeguarding at summer camp?

Yes. Lifeguards will arrive before other staff and will undergo an intensive training week under the American red cross criteria, even if already certified in your home country. Even counselors who are not specifically lifeguards can be invited to join and get certified, your camp director will let you know if you need to go or not.

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