The healthiest job in the world

I arrived in UAE back in 2007 as a Lifeguard in one of the 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi.

Standing 8-hours a day under the blistering heat of the sun was one of the challenges I must face. I realized that my job is not going to be easy and I need to be at my best health and fit enough to survive my 2-year contract.

It was a bliss for me, and I did not even notice that 2 years and 7 months had passed, and I eventually got promoted to a supervisory position and that’s when my daily healthy routine as a Lifeguard had changed. It became very difficult for me to find time for my health and wellness and I struggled physically to maintain a healthy routine when I left lifeguarding, and therefore I am writing these five reasons why lifeguard is the healthiest job in the world:


Lifeguarding is fun and at the same time very demanding job, a Lifeguard must maintain physical fitness to ensure they are at their optimum capability. Their job required them to train on a timed swimming to ensure they have the required speed in swimming to make sure they’ll be able to reach the casualty in time through waves and current during rescues, which only means a Lifeguard doesn’t need to worry about their healthy routine to be essentially fit because it is already part of the job.


Lifeguarding is a physically demanding job hence requires a lot of energy to burn daily, thus a Lifeguard eats almost everything, no need to be extremely cautious on their daily calorie intake, a Lifeguard has to eat a lot, and loaded with carbohydrates and proteins, etc. so you have more energy to sustain for an 8-hour of Lifeguarding duty, under the sun your body will be dehydrated so a Lifeguard must drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.


After an 8-hour Lifeguarding duty, then you go home, physically exhausted and their body demands rest and good sleep since they will be facing another day of physical work the following day, So naturally, their body requires a minimum 8-hour of sleep to recharge, and they have the most satisfying sleep each time.


Lifeguarding is not only a healthy job but also a money-saver, Lifeguard can save thousands of sums of money, In reality, people must sign up for a facility membership to access gym, pool or attend a fitness classes to maintain a healthy lifestyle, some pay a for a day passes to access a pool or beach club to relax and lay down in the sunbed to enjoy the sun and have some vitamin D.

Lifeguard doesn’t need all the above, they have access to it for free as part of their job. Companies allow Lifeguards to train in their gym and swim in their pool and beach, they undergo a weekly time-trial, do running and even do a mock-up drowning scenario to ensure their optimum fitness and readiness for any emergency. So, technically Lifeguard doesn’t need any gym or pool membership, no need for sunbathing as Lifeguards already works under the sun; there’s no need for the beach access, as Lifeguard has all the access from sunrise to sunset.


Lifeguarding is not only the healthiest job but also extremely rewarding job as well, Lifeguard saves lives! Lifeguards contribute to the community where they work, as ultimately their job is to PREVENT! The lifeguard pro-actively looks for any possible hazard that can cause harm to any person or property.

In every life they save, the rewarding feeling of gratitude from a stranger that a Lifeguard have help, the overwhelming feeling of hearing a mother thanking the Lifeguard for saving her child is an unforgettable memory, it is a lifetime fulfillment. I am proud that once I was a Lifeguard.

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