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Prepared lifeguard

Be ready

Being ready means you have the skills and mindset to become a lifeguard. You should be responsible, punctual and know how to swim. You’ll feel proud of yourself for trying something new and earning $$.


Lifeguard training

Get Trained

Training can be done any number of ways depending on where you live. American Pool is an authorized American Red Cross training organization. Many locations even offer employee discounts.


Work as a lifeguard

Start Work

Once you’ve worked with us to get your training done, we can place you at a local pool. Don’t worry, you can still apply before receiving training. We will ensure you register for the right training.



A day in the life


If you want to become a lifeguard, you should know that it is about more than getting a tan.

As a lifeguard, you’re a part of a community, you keep people safe and everyday you can be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

Nikki takes us through a typical day at the pool. As a third-year lifeguard, she knows how important her job is to the people she sees everyday.

With Guard For Life, lifeguards get the support and guidance they need to be successful.

Are you ready?

Apply now

Who can become a lifeguard?

Anyone over the age of 15 may apply (or 16 in NY). From teens to teachers, being a lifeguard is the best summer job.

Why lifeguard?

Great pay, great locations and a flexible schedule. It beats staying inside all summer and you can make lifelong friends.

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What do I tell my parents?

Lifeguarding is a great first job and career builder! Here are the top 5 things to tell your parents:

  1. It’s a great resume/college application builder
  2. I will develop my work ethic along with my customer service and teamwork skills
  3. I can work around my school schedule
  4. There are pools near home
  5. I can start a career in aquatics (The American Pool CEO started as a lifeguard!)