How to get a summer job as a lifeguard in metro Atlanta


If you're a strong swimmer who's interested in being a lifeguard, summer is filled with job opportunities in the metro Atlanta area. You'll get to spend your day by the pool in a fun atmosphere, but you'll also have the responsibility of making sure that guests remain safe.

»RELATED: 5 of the best summer jobs in metro Atlanta for teens

Here's what you need to know about getting a summer job as a lifeguard:

What employers are looking for

You'll need to be physically fit and be a strong swimmer, and you'll also need to be able to stand and sit for long periods of time in direct sunlight.

Since you'll be responsible for spotting potential signs of trouble, you'll also need to be aware of your surroundings and not easily distracted.

Depending on the duties your employer assigns, you may also be responsible for applying and/or checking pool chemicals, and cleaning debris from the pool. You'll also need to be comfortable with the public, and you may have to pass a background check since many lifeguard jobs involve interacting with young children.

Many employers also want you to be certified. Some offer their own training and certification, while others want you to get certified on your own. In order to take a certification class, you'll need to be able to meet certain requirements to test your swimming skills and endurance.

Classes and certification that meet the American Red Cross standards are widely accepted and respected, and they're offered at various sites throughout metro Atlanta. During the course, you'll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, how to provide CPR and first aid and more. Review courses are also offered.

»RELATED: These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires in May

How much does it pay?

The average salary for a lifeguard in Atlanta is around $17,520, according to Glassdoor.

What are some possible interview questions?

Glassdoor respondents reported being asked the following questions when interviewing for lifeguard jobs in Atlanta:

  • Why do you want to be a lifeguard, and what do you want to get out of it?
  • How long have you been swimming? Are you a team player?
  • If there was a parent who is drunk and being wild and throwing things in the pool, how would you handle that situation?

Who's hiring?

SwimAtlanta Pool Management is hiring lifeguards in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Dallas, Decatur, Forsyth, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, Roswell and Woodstock. If you're not already certified, you'll need to register for a training course at your interview.

American Pool Georgia is hosting several hiring events, and you can also make an appointment to be interviewed if you can't make it to an event. Camps are offered so you can obtain American Red Cross lifeguard certification.

Cobb County Government has part-time lifeguard positions available at their indoor aquatic centers. You'll need to have completed American Red Cross lifeguard certification.

»RELATED: Looking for a summer job? These Atlanta companies are hiring 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Second suspect arrested in deadly shooting of man in front of son
Second suspect arrested in deadly shooting of man in front of son

Police have arrested the second suspect in the case of a man who was shot to death in Gainesville in front of his 15-year-old son. Marquis Lejon Studivant, 27, was arrested Friday after a brief chase, Gainesville police spokesman Kevin Holbrook said Saturday. Dennis Ronald Gayton, 47, was shot April 4 on Carlton Street, police said earlier. The incident...
2 found dead in Gwinnett house
2 found dead in Gwinnett house

Two people were found dead Saturday with gunshot wounds in a Gwinnett County house, police said. Officers responded shortly after noon and found the bodies of a man and a woman in the 1200 block of Bishops Lane in Lawrenceville, spokesman David Smith said in a statement. A family member came to the home to check on the two residents but couldn&rsquo...
Repair work continues on key Paulding highway
Repair work continues on key Paulding highway

Water is flowing again along U.S. 278 in Paulding County, but it could be midday Saturday or later before all traffic lanes reopen. Flooding from a water main break Friday reduced eastbound traffic to one lane on a stretch of the highway in Hiram, officials said. Also, water service was off for awhile to businesses in the area. Crews worked overnight...
Warm will be the norm again Saturday
Warm will be the norm again Saturday

Today: Sunshine, afternoon clouds. High: 88 Tonight: Mainly clear skies. Low: 66 Tomorrow: Sunny, afternoon clouds. High: 86 College football will resume with big games in Atlanta and Athens on Saturday. Must be fall, right? Well, for the second straight day, the temperature will feel more like summer, even though fall officially arrived...
Why a MARTA move into Cobb County wouldn’t have to be all or nothing
Why a MARTA move into Cobb County wouldn’t have to be all or nothing

A view of the Cumberland Community Improvement District looking northward from the Cobb Energy Centre. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Local communities are largely the product of two constituencies. One is business-based. The other is voter-based. Political, in other words. The two don’t always approach change at the same speed. An unusual and...
More Stories