How do I become a pool lifeguard?

How do I become a pool lifeguard?

How do I become a pool lifeguard?

To be trained as a pool lifeguard, you must have a certificate in either the pool lifeguard test or the business lifeguard test. To take the tests, a test fee must be paid to the Danish Swimming Union. The funds are used to update the judges of the Union as well as to administer the trials. You can read more about the requirements for obtaining a certificate on the pool lifeguard test and the business lifeguard test below.

The owner of the swimming pool decides which test to take. The owner is typically the municipality which can choose to delegate the decision to the bath master / tail inspector.

The pool lifeguard test

A passed pool lifeguard test provides a certificate to work as a lifeguard in the facility where the test was taken. Teachers must have a pool lifeguard certificate if there are no lifeguards at work in the facility when teaching.


Anyone who has reached the age of 17 before the end of the year can apply for the pool lifeguard test.


 The pool lifeguard test must complete with the facility’s lifeguard uniform or with a minimum of shorts and a T-shirt. Swimming goggles are not allowed.


 A judge with a valid license from the Danish Swimming Union can judge the Danish Swimming Union’s pool lifeguard test. You will find a judge near you under Find a Judge.


 After passing to, the certificate may send by e-mail. The sample can pay for with a Dankort from the sampler or via invoice. The certificate may valid for one year and may valid for the pool in which the test was taken. A test can transfer to another facility by a thorough review of the other facility. A sample can never transferr to plants that have a deeper pool depth than the pool where the sample was taken.

Where and how

 To take a pool lifeguard pretest and online test, you can contact your local swimming pool or swimming club and ask them if you can be allowed to take a pool lifeguard test with the swimming pool or club. Find your club here.

If this is not an option, contact a judge who can put you to the test. You will find a judge near you under the Find a Judge list. You need to make sure to find time in a swimming pool, as well as the necessary equipment for the laying – a mountain doll, a first aid training doll and a training defibrillator. To take the pool lifeguard test, it may recommend that you have taken a minimum of a 4-6 hour first aid course. But, this is not a requirement.

Several swimming clubs and swimming pools in Denmark have established lifesaving teams, where you can train lifesaving skills and take a test – see the list below.

The pool lifeguard test has four parts. It may a construction part, a mold test, a rescue part and an oral examination. So, The four parts may present in more detail below.

System part

Hence, Presentation and review of the safety measures at the system

The aspirant must have a thorough knowledge of:

  • Alarm and evacuation plans
  • Location of telephone for alarms, oxygen equipment, defibrillators and other safety equipment
  • Thus, Special safety measures for e.g. lashes, slides, climbing walls and towers
  • Safety precautions when handling chemicals – including chlorine and acid

Mold test

Jumping followed by 200m swimming:

So, The lifeguard starts from the pool edge or starting jump stool.

The first 50 m must swim with an overview and head over water

(maximum time of the first 50 m is 1 min 30 sec).

Two consecutive dives

A mountain puppet may locate on the deepest part of the pool by the pool wall.

The lifeguard dives from water rescue and collects the doll. After recording, release the doll. Within 60 sec.

another dive must commence.

After the second collection, the doll may salvage to the nearest edge.

The mold test shows whether

  • The lifeguard can swim
  • So, The lifeguard has excess water and can dive

Rescue part

Rescue of panicked distressed

The lifeguard is at a surveillance position.

A panicked medium is in the water surface 10 m from the pool edge.

The lifeguard must carry out the rescue without coming into direct contact with the person in need. Thus, Aids and reassuring communication should use.

The test shows whether the lifeguard can perform a rescue of a panicked swimmer and in that connection can:

  • Maintain calm and overview
  • So, Use a rescue method that provides the greatest degree of safety for the lifeguard

Rescue of unconscious adult in collaboration with helper

The lifeguard is at a surveillance position

A medium may imagine unconscious in the water at one of the end walls of the pool.

The lifeguard performs alarm of helper and jumps into the water. Thus, The medium may salvage 25 m while keeping free airways.

The lifeguard must demonstrate artificial respiration in water until the helper may ready to assist with retrieval.

The demonstration may carry out at the edge. So, The lifeguard provides breaths on the forehead of the medium.

Helper must assist with rescue and resuscitation. Hence, Helps alert, retrieves resuscitation equipment and assists with retrieval

The medium may haul up and cardiopulmonary resuscitation with the plant’s resuscitation equipment. So, It may demonstrate on an adult doll in collaboration with a helper.

The rescue ends with the medium may place in a stable side position.

The test shows the lifeguard’s ability to

  • Maintain overview and delegate work tasks in a rescue operation
  • Rescue an unconscious 25 m
  • So, Provide artificial respiration in water (at the edge while waiting for a helper)
  • Delay with helper
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation in collaboration with helper
  • Thus, Use the system’s resuscitation equipment in collaboration with helper

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