Your Lifeguard Attire Should Be Comfortable For 3 Reasons

If you thought there was only one type of lifeguard uniform, think again. When it comes to lifeguard garb, the options are endless! Sure, most uniforms are bright colors (especially red), but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up with different cuts, styles, and designs. Even the colors are customizable. While it does depend on your city and your facility, it’s good to know that you have tons of options when it comes to lifeguard attire. Keeping it comfortable should be priority #1 — and here’s why!

Long Hours in The Heat

As a lifeguard, you’re spending lots of hours in the sweltering heat. That doesn’t mean you’ll be extremely uncomfortable, but you won’t be as comfortable as you usually are in air conditioning. Make sure your clothing is breathable and allows for proper ventilation.


Your clothing should allow for ample movement because you’ll need to move around, swim, and run while on the job. If you’re wearing shorts, make sure you get the right size—or buy a pair with an elastic band that allows for flexibility.

Sun Protection

No matter what the UV index says, exposure to the sun is a big deal! Especially when you’re out in the sun all day, multiple days a week. Try investing in a lifeguard hat or a rash shirt to cover your arms and chest.

All of these reasons come down to one simple principle: Being a lifeguard is hard work, so in order to perform your best, you should be comfortable. That begins with your clothing choices. The good news is you’ve got plenty of options!


To be sure that you are not missing out on any of our lifeguard videos & stories, please subscribe to our newsletter here.

For videos, articles, & events about lifeguarding related industry topics, visit

One Comment