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The Sims 3 Island Paradise: Lifeguards

Profession Guide for Rescues and Job Performance

A lifeguard swimming to rescue a Sim in The Sims 3 Island Paradise

Lifeguard is the new Profession introduced with The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack. The job requires both the Athletic and Charisma skills, along with Rescuing drowning Sims.

Becoming a Lifeguard
Head to City Hall and click the building to join the Lifeguard Profession. Like other Professions, you are paid by the job, not the hour, and given a weekly stipend to ensure your income. The stipend is paid out every Sunday at noon. You'll earn money when you rescue a victim, and a little bonus when you have to perform CPR. The money starts small, but climbs to decent levels as you gain levels.

Sometimes more than one Sim will be drowning at once
Sometimes, more than one Sim may be in trouble.
Try to get to them in the order they went under.

Take the Athletic Trait to speed up career gains along with Athletic skill gains. Charismatic would be good, as well as any other trait that boosts social interactions. You may want to bring a portable stereo to the beach to keep your Lifeguard's mood up for LTHP purposes, but remember to pack it up when you leave. The Profession Simoleon Booster LTR would work for this, giving an increase in earnings from rescues and CPR.

Getting Promoted
Show up at work and rescue victims. In your off time, hit the gym and raise your Athletic skill level to watch the performance meter rise. You will meet many people on the beach, and that will help you with Charisma, though you'll need to take the time to make more friends if you want to get it really high. Thankfully, level 10 in Athletics and a bit of Charisma is enough to see you to the 10th job level.

Island Paradise Lifeguard Job Levels
LvlJob NameScheduleStipendNotes
1CPR DummyMWFSu 10AM-6PM$276-
2Mouth BreatherMWFSu 10AM-6PM$340-
3Floatation DeviceMWFSu 10AM-6PM$400-
4Beach ProtectorMWFSu 10AM-6PM$520-
5Rapid RescuerMWFSu 10AM-6PM$640Special Lifeguard Beach Towel
6Buoyancy VirtuosoMWFSu 10AM-6PM$840Wade and Swim Faster
7Professional Life-SaverMWFSu 10AM-6PM $1132Demonstrate mouth to mouth
8Eagle EyeMWFSu 10AM-6PM$1480Slow-motion Run
9The Old GuardMWFSu 10AM-6PM$1840-
10The Bay WatcherMWFSu 10AM-6PM$2480-
Sims 3 Island Paradise Lifeguard Uniform 1Sims 3 Island Paradise Lifeguard Uniform 2

Typical day on the job for a Sims 3 Lifeguard - lying on his towel waiting for someone to drown.
If you're paying attention to swimmers, your Lifeguard can relax or read a book.

A Typical Day on the Job
You will be assigned to patrol a random beach to ensure the safety of swimmers and others enjoying the water. Some days, no one drowns and the Lifeguard - and you - will sit bored waiting on someone to have a bad day. You should always use the Survey command to keep the Lifeguard watching for people who need help. This can be done by clicking the beach or a Lifeguard chair. You may also want to zoom the camera out so you can look for the symbol indicating that a Sim is in trouble, so you can make the Lifeguard react faster.

A Lifeguard rescues a drowning Sim
Swimming to a Sim's rescue

Sims in the Ocean need you to give them a floatation device to get to safety, and some will need CPR despite making it to the beach on their own power. Sometimes Sims will collapse on the beach and need help. Sims will talk to the Lifeguard after a rescue, which may distract them. You can let them talk and make friends if you pay attention to the beach with a wide view so you, the player, can react to issues that need the Lifeguard's attention.

A Lifeguard performs CPR on a drowned Sim
A Lifeguard performs CPR on a Sim

Sims who are not rescued do not necessarily die, so there's a chance they'll live if you do nothing. They'll complain to the Lifeguard and you'll take a relationship hit - better luck next time. You need those rescues to make money, so don't laze on the job. Sims may even prank you and pretend they need help. There will be entire work days with 0 rescues and other times where there are 3 Sims in trouble at once, it's all random and a little boring without some guaranteed drownings on a work day.

A Lifeguard performs CPR on a drowned Sim
Surveying the beach from a Lifeguard's Chair

Lifeguard Career Perks
There are not many big perks to being a Lifeguard. There are a few social interactions - boast about being a lifeguard, talk about beach safety, tell a rescue story - but that's it. At level 6 Lifeguards learn to wade and swim faster, so no more tiptoeing to the drowning victim and a much faster stroke. Many players will take up the Lifeguard Profession simply because it is required to unlock one of the eight Uncharted Islands around Isla Paradiso.

Unlocking the Uncharted Island, Cay to the City, requires you to rescue 35 victims as a Lifeguard

Lifeguard's Uncharted Island: Cay to the City
In order to unlock this Uncharted Island, you need to rescue 35 victims as a Lifeguard. Unfortunately, CPR does not count - only rescues from the water. It will take a very long time, at a minimum several weeks, because of the inconsistent work flow. There doesn't seem to be anything special about the island itself, just another accomplishment for a dedicated Simmer.

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