View Full Version : Any Workout Advice For A Soon To Be Lifeguard

January 4th, 2003, 03:57 PM
I start Life guard trainning in a few weeks. Do you have any advice on what workouts i could do to be better prepared? I only have access to a pool about once a week so are there any dryland workouts that will help?

January 4th, 2003, 05:49 PM
The big thing is the 500 yard swim the first day usually. That is a weed 'em out swim. No problem if you have been swimming. I don't think there is a time limit anymore unless it has changed back. The rest of the training is not that taxing. I was 40 years old and only learned to swim 2 years before that when I did the training. If you do not know the kick for elementary backstroke (breast kick on the back) I would suggest you practice that one. It is one you will use. Reverse sidestroke kick is also used.

February 11th, 2003, 03:29 PM
It is important to note, if your instructor is really picky, that the elementary backstroke kick is a scissor kick.

Its like the breast stroke kick except your legs have to stay paralell to the surface. If you were to do the breast stroke kick on your side you would kick the victim.

February 11th, 2003, 05:11 PM
Elementary backstroke kick is a whip kick and so is breaststroke kick essentually. Sidestroke kick is a scissor kick. The lifesaving stroke is a type of sidestroke with the top leg recovering backward and the bottom leg recovering forward so you don't kick your victim.

amber pigman
June 18th, 2003, 11:47 AM
how's lifeguarding going for u? I am currently a lifeguard and i have bad days and good, but mainly i hate having to yell "walk" a million times a day.

June 18th, 2003, 02:58 PM
Running a close second to "walk" is "off the ropes" and "feet first"