What’s the right age to become a lifeguard?

Most of us know lifeguard jobs as the perfect summer job. Students can work flexible hours or seasonal hours, they’re spending time outside, and they’re developing important skills that will follow them throughout their adult lives. Sounds perfect, right? Well, before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s figure out just how old you have to be to become a lifeguard.

The age requirement

To undergo lifeguard training, you have to be 15 years old — according to the American Red Cross. To take the course, you also have to pass a swimming test. That being said, your pool or beach facility may have different requirements. You won’t be able to lifeguard any earlier than 15 years old, though!

The maximum age

This one’s a trick. There is NO maximum age for lifeguarding! If you love being a lifeguard, it doesn’t matter if you’re 17 years old or 47 years old. And if you ever feel like someone is discriminating against your age, know that you are protected by two important acts: the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

Age is but a number

In short, what matters most is your passion. Your dedication. Your drive. And your willingness to put others before you. That’s what it takes to be a great lifeguard. Well, and 15 years of living — sorry, we didn’t make up the rule!

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