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Lifeguards and Swimming Instructors

Employment Prospects


There are 151,800 lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers employed in the United States. Lakes and beaches are not the only work venues for lifeguards and swimming instructors. Hotels, schools, park districts, and health clubs all have swimming facilities, as well as public pools and institutions, such as the YMCA. Most places hire lifeguards and instructors on a temporary or seasonal basis. Opportunities for full-time employment are greater in areas that have warm weather year-round. 

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