A day at the pool or beach can be unpredictable, yet aquatic environments continue to be a major recreation attraction. While most of these families experience a fun-filled adventure and participate in activities such as swimming, sun bathing and boating, others can experience tragedy. Lifeguards are essential to maintaining safety at public pools. They protect lives and provide first response in emergencies. In recent years, like many organizations have faced a shortage of lifeguards available for hire. This article explores the components of a comprehensive lifeguard recruitment and retention strategy that organizations can utilize in order to overcome their staffing shortages.