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Lifeguarding for Dummies

Welcome to Lifeguarding for Dummies! You have this book in your hands, so we imagine it must be for one of several reasons. You’re in the market for a new job and this is the hundredth book you’ve picked up. Perhaps you’ve earned your lifeguard certification and don’t quite know what to do with it. Maybe the colder months are winding down, and you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to keep busy in the summer. Look no further!

The lifeguarding career is perfect for anyone in search of a job with flexibility to work full-time, part-time, or even seasonally. You learn how to act as a first responder to various emergency scenarios and do a service to your greater community. It is a career with no age bias, teaching you skills that you can apply in any situation.

At the time of writing this, lifeguard shortages are affecting pools, beaches, and parks around the United States. Empty lifeguard stands and towers are forcing communities and municipalities to shorten their hours and scale down their staffing, putting the general public at risk. There is no better time to become a lifeguard and ease this situation!


So you think you can swim?

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