To be a Lifeguard you need to be alert. That means being able to see a situation and prevent danger before it happens. Can you think fast, keep a cool head – and make a decision that may save someone’s life? Professional ocean lifeguard work requires an individual to be experienced in surfing, physically fit, highly skilled in swimming and the use of rescue equipment. You need to be able to identify hazards, assess risk, read the changing ocean and weather conditions, anticipate danger and act effectively to prevent incidents.
What you need – Qualifications & Fitness
You’ll be working for The Department of the Environment & Fisheries/Ocean Safety Unit, so we’re looking for not only excellent Lifeguards but also ambassadors for the British Virgin Islands.
Qualifications required:- SLSA of GB BM (NaRS BL), or RLSS UK (NBLQ), or SLSA GM, or Cert IV Pro Lifeguard, or USLA Ocean Lifeguard Cert, or LA of SA Lifeguard Award, Red Cross (Ocean) Lifeguard, RLSS Canada (NLS) Surf or other internationally recognized equivalent award.
FPOS First Aid, Basic First Aid and EMT certificates are also desirable.
RWC, ATV, ORB and JRB operational certificates are also desirable.
A current driving license is also necessary.
Fitness level:- You must be able to swim 400m in 7 minutes 30 seconds (25m pool swim), run 200m on soft sand in 40 seconds and be able to swim 25m (distance) underwater time. You must be able to demonstrate both a Board Rescue and a Tube Rescue. Lifeguards train to this level as a minimum standard every week.