Lifeguards are people who stand by in the event of a potential drowning in swimming environments such as beaches and pools.

Anyone who wants to work in this job must attend Lifeguard Programs and receive the necessary training through lifeguard trainers.

What does a lifeguard do, what are his duties?

Lifeguards provide security at beaches and pools, and at the same time, they are first responders in possible situations by participating in search and rescue efforts.

In cases of suffocation, it is his duty to perform life-saving measures such as CPR or CPR.

Those who practice this profession receive various titles, including bronze, silver, and gold, depending on their level of lifeguard course education.

Candidates with the federation’s 3-star diver certificate work as golden lifeguards in sports competitions and in environments such as the open sea or lake. Bronze titles only work in pools.

How to become a lifeguard

Aspirants can work in open water, shores, ponds or lakes as per their titles after completing relevant training and obtaining certificates. The courses you attend to get the certificate usually take between 4 and 6 days and you must have understood at least 70% of what was taught to you. Aspirants should also be good at swimming.

How to get a lifeguard certificate?

You can obtain your certificate by attending courses at an institution with an official certificate from the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation, graduating from relevant departments of universities or participating in programs prepared by sports clubs.

What are the requirements to become a lifeguard?

Although conditions vary according to the desired title, general expectations are as follows.

To be at least a primary school graduate,

To have a medical report showing that there is no impediment to practice this profession.

In addition, people who want to become lifeguards must have certain qualifications;

Must know swimming and swimming techniques well

Must have good communication skills with people

To do this job, one should not have any physical health problems.

It should be active and constantly moving.

They should be able to remain calm in an emergency.

Be careful.

The Lifeguard missions at sea

In the same way as the sea rescue specialists of the national navy, the maritime gendarmerie and the customs, the volunteer sea rescuers of the National Society of Sea Rescuers (SNSM) are mobilized to come to the aid of sailors and fishermen. and boaters in difficulty.

  1. Interventions at sea

The rescuers of Sea Rescuers work in close collaboration with professionals from the 5 Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue in the metropolis.

The interventions are extremely varied: from sinking at sea, to the grounding of ships on rocks, including discomfort on board boats, the cutting of “engaged” anchor chains, the rescue of windsurfers, an “anchorage » tangled in a propeller, etc… 

  1. Informing the public, particularly boaters

Sea rescuers also carry out information and awareness missions for the public and particularly boaters, about Navigation Safety Rules, checking equipment on boats as well as the risks of the sea.

  1. Civil protection missions

In exceptional circumstances, sea rescuers are sometimes associated with traditional civil protection missions. They then take on first aid and public information missions on land during important events.

How to become a sea lifeguard?

Being a sea rescuer is not only a vocation; it is a real commitment to other volunteers ready to take risks to save their neighbors. Also, the selection process to join these “knights of the sea” involves different tests.

Among these tests, that of the interview with the president of the rescue station must be the subject of preparation identical to that of a job interview .

  1. Conditions relating to age and residence

Above all, to join this group of volunteers who are unfazed by anything, you must be at least 18 years old and maximum 66 years old. Indeed, talent and determination are qualities over which time has no influence.

You must then submit an application to the president of one of the 208 sea rescue stations located closest to your home. In fact, any rescuer at sea must be able to be mobilized and embark within 20 minutes of a call for a rescue.

  1. Physical condition

Excellent physical condition is essential to carry out the missions of a lifeguard at sea. It is also necessary to practice swimming regularly and maintain muscle tone.

  1. Lifeguard training at sea

Sea rescuer training is essential to face the dangers of the sea. This training is adapted to the qualifications of the rescuer as well as their level of experience of the sea and navigation. 4 training modules are taught within the national training center in Saint-Nazaire, or in one of the 32 Training and Intervention Centers (CFI).

The training modules concern

Team management and general knowledge of stress management and safety rules;

Maritime training covering navigation, bridge work, use of lifeboats and lifeboats, communication on channel 16, etc.

Sea search techniques, survival, operational diving and care for people in danger;

Where to work as a lifeguard at sea

Sea rescuers operate all along the 19,000 kilometers of French coastline. Also, you will easily find an intervention center near you. It is possible to work in various salaried professions in sea rescue services or near swimming areas.

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