As summer winds down and your thoughts drift from the pool to school and other responsibilities, you’re likely not thinking about next summer. But now is actually a great time to make your game plan for the summer ahead, while you’re still in work mode and other commitments haven’t taken over. Getting all of your ducks in a row now makes it so much easier and less stressful throughout the year — instead of scrambling next May to figure out where you can lifeguard, you can relax, knowing you’ve got a spot waiting for you.
If you’re already a lifeguard, the first step is to check to see when your current certifications are going to expire. You may need to take a new CPR course or re-certify as a lifeguard if it’s been two years since your last training. If next summer is when you want to move up the ranks or work at a different type of pool, you may need to complete additional training, like the pool operator course. By doing your research now, you can avoid the hassle of last-minute training or delaying your start date next summer because you have to complete training you didn’t realize you needed.
It’s also valuable to stay in touch with your pool manager. If you touch base with your employers throughout the year, you can make sure you’re at the front of their mind when it’s time to staff up next summer. Your local American Pool office will also be holding hiring events and other get-togethers, so you’ll be the first to know about which pools are hiring and any new incentive programs running throughout the year.
If you haven’t been a lifeguard before but you know you want to lifeguard next summer, now’s a great time to start planning. Instead of rushing to get everything done, you can meet recruiters at your local office. They’ll interview you and get you all set up to receive your training, which you can schedule at your convenience. Plus, you’ll have ample time to convince your friends to lifeguard with you, so you can all have a great summer together while earning a paycheck and gaining some great experience.
How can you get started? Take a look at our blog to learn more about the ins and outs of being a lifeguard, and then head to American Pool’s Guard for Life website to apply for a job. With that done, you can enjoy the school year, secure in the knowledge that you’re set up for a fun, rewarding, and resume-building job. That’s a feeling that can’t be beat!