If somebody in your circle has just passed their lifeguard certification program, then it is time that you congratulate them and motivate them for what lies ahead. There are a number of challenges that a lifeguard has to face and some of them are extremely harsh. These challenges are exactly what define how the trajectory of the career of a lifeguard is going to be and it is the way of dealing with these challenges that makes a lifeguard great. In the following information, we will get to know about some of the major challenges that a lifeguard has to face on an everyday basis and how they sail through them to get their job done flawlessly. So without wasting a single moment, let’s get started.
PEOPLE WHO FAKE DROWNING IN THE OCEAN
The beach is full of people who seek attention all the time, in fact, the whole world is. There are going to be a bunch of people who will indulge in all sorts of crazy activities to become the center of attention at a beach, some of them choose faking drowning to get some attention. This lot is the worst that you can come across and as disheartening as it might sound, you will have to deal with them patiently and teach them how to behave appropriately at the beach so that they never repeat the same stunt with your lifeguard friends.
PERSISTENT CHILDREN WHO WILL NOT STOP PLAYING NEAR DEEP WATER
Even after you have put a sign of “DANGER” near a certain spot on the beach, there are going to be some children who will just not stop behaving like an idiot all the time. They will go exactly where they are being told not to go. You will have to deal with these children with utmost patience and calmness so that they do not get scared and understand what you are trying to tell them as well.
FUNGAL AND BACTERIAL CONTAMINATION OF THE POOL
Fungal and bacterial contamination of a pool is one of the worst situations that a lifeguard can come across. Since there is a huge number of people that come to the pool on a daily basis, it becomes important to look after the hygiene of the same. If for some reason the pool is contaminated, a lifeguard is the first person who is questioned about the situation of the pool and that is exactly when you will need to be patient.
UNPREDICTED STORMS AND RAINS
Another worst case scenario at a beach is unpredicted storms and rains which infamously create a situation of panic among the people. Even after being equipped with weather report devices, sometimes these things just happen and that is when your potency as a lifeguard is tested.
A CROWDED BEACH
One of the biggest challenges that a lifeguard has to face is a crowded beach. Although the beach is divided into sections which are monitored by a team of lifeguards, it is still a challenge to look after such a huge crowd because it is easier for a crowd to meltdown at the slightest inconvenience.
PEOPLE WHO THROW TRASH AT THE BEACH
As a lifeguard, it is your responsibility to not just look after the people at the beach but the beach as well. There are going to be a lot of stupid people who will throw trash at the beach and it is your job to educate them about the hazards of doing so.
PARENTS OF KIDS BEING DIFFICULT
Some parents will support every act of their kids even if it is not in the best interests of everyone at the beach, you will have to deal with such parents at the beach without making them feel bad about bringing their kids to the beach.
Qualifying a lifeguard training program is tough but it is not as tough as actually being a lifeguard. The challenges that are mentioned above makes this job one of the toughest ones and if someone you know is a lifeguard, then they deserve the same amount of respect as any other person who is doing a corporate job. It must be taken into consideration by you and everyone around you that being a lifeguard is neither too much fun nor too extreme as Baywatch showed, but it does demand a certain sense of commitment so that the job could be done in an efficient manner. If you found this information useful, then feel free to share it with your friends and family.