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Lifeguard

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Lifeguards monitor recreational areas such as pools, lakes, and beaches to provide assistance and protection to visitors. This can mean offering safety instruction, saving drowning victims, providing first aid, enforcing rules, or simply giving directions. As they are usually the first responders, lifeguards should have a good amount of medical training such as CPR.

Lifeguards need to be physically fit, strong, experienced swimmers. They often have to face difficult swimming environments such as cold temperatures, swift currents, and large waves. They must be able to respond quickly to any type of emergency, which may also involve specialized knowledge depending upon the area where they work. For example, lifeguards in coastal areas of high surfing or boating activity may have to be aware of rip tides, shark sightings, and disabled boats.

For the best view of the area, to survey the waters and quickly observe any accidents, lifeguards often sit up high in watchtowers or tall chairs and look through binoculars. They will also have rescue equipment available, such as for helping victims to stay afloat. Some lifeguards drive boats to patrol the shoreline or drive Jeeps along the beach. Finally, a lifeguard will use an assortment of flags, whistles, megaphones, and other communication equipment to keep swimmers and boaters aware of potential dangers.

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