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April 13, 2023

Have questions about becoming a lifeguard? We have the answers!

Photo of a lifeguard stand with a tube and fanny pack that say guard on them at the Bryan Aquatic Center.

1. What do I do during a lifeguarding shift?

Typically, a shift consists of opening duties such as checking for safety and preparing for the day. During this time, Head Guards will have a team meeting. Once patrons come in, lifeguards will go on stand using a rotation. The rotations usually are 20-40 minutes on surveillance duty then 20-40 minutes on other tasks such as backup or helping with the patrons. At the end of the day, everyone cleans and makes sure everything is in order for the next day.

2. I need to take summer school this year. Can I still be a lifeguard?

Absolutely! Lifeguard schedules have several shifts each day, so you’ll be able find a schedule that works for the city and you. A typical shift lasts four hours. We do ask that you work a minimum of 20 hours a week.

3. I’m not certified. Can I still apply?

Yes, we’ll train you! The City of Bryan is a recognized top-level training provider of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Course. Over three days we’ll teach you lifesaving skills including Lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid. Registration costs $150 for residents and $165 for non-residents. Costs of lifeguard certification training will be refunded for those who work with us. Participants must be able to pass a pre-course swim test prior to beginning the course.

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4. I don’t know if I can pass the lifeguard pre-course swim test. What do I do?

If you are worried about passing the pre-course swim test, let’s see where you stand and we’ll work together to create a plan to master it. Applicants are encouraged to contact the aquatics director to try the swim test and even get guidance from other guards. Most of the time, it’s a mental block, and some people need to practice a few times before being successful.

5. What if I don’t look like the other lifeguards?

That is nothing to be concerned about at all! What matters is being a strong leader and team member who is rescue ready at all times. No one “looks like a lifeguard” because lifeguards are diverse, come from different backgrounds and come in all shapes and sizes.

6. Is it stressful?

Being a lifeguard means you are responsible for keeping patrons safe and preventing accidents around aquatic environments. Sometimes this can seem stressful but knowing you have a team supporting you and lots of other staff behind the scenes backing you up should ease any major stress. If you remember your training and do your job well, there is little to be stressed about. Most of the job is preventative lifeguarding, meaning that you’ll stop accidents from happening before they occur.

7. Who teaches the lifeguard classes?

Lifeguard classes are taught by lifeguard instructors (LGIs). Here in Bryan all Head Guards are lifeguard instructors. So, during the lifeguard classes, you will get to build a relationship with staff who will be your leaders. These LGIs were all once lifeguards and loved it so much they decided to become certified to lead new lifeguards.

Still have questions? Contact us!

We know these aren’t all the questions you may have, so potential applicants are encouraged to email Hayden Johnson or call 979.209.5223 to find out anything else about being a lifeguard.

Ready to apply?

For full position requirements, information on the pre-course swim test, and how to apply you can head over to our Lifeguard job listing.

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