A distinction is made between on-board lifeguards who board SNSM rescue vessels and lifeguard swimmers, who monitor the beaches in summer.
How to become an on-board rescuer?
The lifeguards on board are all volunteers and do not receive any remuneration for the rescue activities they carry out within the SNSM.
To become an on-board rescuer, you must contact the station closest to your home and submit your application to the president of the station. The incumbent skipper assembles his crew of operational rescuers as needed. His choice must be confirmed by the station president.
To become a lifeguard on board , you must be physically fit and have or acquire a number of qualifications with Lifeguard Training.
How to become a lifeguard?
Lifeguard swimmers are volunteers during their training and paid by the town halls which employ them during the summer.
To become a lifeguard swimmer, you must enroll in a training and intervention center (CFI) in order to obtain the qualifications to carry out a surveillance and rescue mission on the beaches of the coast during the summer season.
To become a lifeguard swimmer , you must be physically fit and have or acquire a number of qualifications.
How to become a trainer in a training and intervention center?
The trainers are seasoned lifeguard swimmers who have followed appropriate training courses according to a reference system defined by the civil security department of the Ministry of the Interior (for first aid training and the national water safety and rescue certificate) and by the Department of Maritime Affairs (for sea permits). The other specific rescue training courses are the subject of internal SNSM guidelines.
These lifeguard trainers – all volunteers – are appointed by their training and intervention center director (CFI). Each year, they dedicate several dozen days (full-time equivalent) to qualifying future lifeguard swimmers.
To Become a Lifeguard
To become a lifeguard to watch the beaches, it is necessary to validate 4 diplomas and certificates at least.
The training can last from 1 month, minimum, to 9 months depending on your level and your objectives.
This training course, which can be done from the age of 16, allows you to work as a seasonal supervisor on the beaches. Once graduated, Rescue Swimmers are offered to coastal municipalities to monitor the beaches.
The missions of the Rescue Swimmer:
• Maintain a spirit of prevention with beach and coastal users,
• Provide assistance to a swimmer or beach user in danger by various means at his disposal,
• Perform first aid and ensure follow-up of the rescue chain.