We’ve all seen it; the beach that is packed with thousands of people doing all sorts of ‘interesting’ activities, all wearing bikinis and board shorts. The sun heats the beach to a slumber-inducing temperature of 90F and there’s a steady sea breeze in the air. In an environment like this, it’s easy to let your eyes relax and join the masses that are aimlessly ‘people watching’ at the beach. Not for lifeguards. Despite all these distractions, it is vital that lifeguards remain focused and diligent in their duties. It can take LESS than a minute for a drowning to occur, so it’s imperative to possess the ability to focus on the task at hand.
Calm under stress and pressure
Lifeguarding is not a easy job. The ability to remain calm and confident in a stressful environment is a MUST for lifeguards. One moment you’re routinely scanning the pool and telling little Johnny not to run, the next moment you look across the pool deck and you witness an elderly man suddenly grab his chest and fall unconscious to the ground. Can you respond effectively and keep composure in this ‘life or death’ situation? Or will you crack under the pressure?
As a lifeguard, the public expects a lot from you. Whether someone wants to know the water temperature or someone is complaining about a child kicking sand in their face, you have to interact with the public in a professional and friendly manner. As your experience as a lifeguard increases, your ability to resolve the public’s inquiries and conflicts will improve. It is important to keep a positive attitude and stay focused on the larger task at hand, especially when an angry beach goer is attempting to distract from your duty with his/her complaints.