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What Does a Teenage Pool Cleaner do? 

As a teenage pool cleaner, you’ll spend the majority of your time ensuring a clean pool. By doing this, you will be checking and adjusting pool chemistry, check pool equipment, and clean debris in and around the pool. Most pools get dirty quickly when leaves and dirt get into the pool, so you will be helping the pool owner clean it and ensuring that they can swim in it they next time they want to. Basically, any pool that you have seen before has probably been cleaned for hours. You’ll spend a lot of time working with the equipment and chemistry of the pool as well, so it would be helpful to have an interest in the sciences if you want to become a pool cleaner.

How Much Does a Teenage Pool Cleaner Get Paid?

As a pool cleaner just getting started, you can expect to earn somewhere between $10-$15 per hour.  The biggest issue with this type of work though is that you might have a hard time finding a job.  The reason is because usually it is homeowners that need pool cleaning, not big companies that hire you. You can also work for a company, but then you will become a full-time pool cleaner. If you start now and stick to it, the base salary for full-time pool cleaners are $3,000 to $5,000 dollars per month, depending on the length of the contract.

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Pool Cleaner?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen pool cleaner.  Doing so we’ll ensure your safety and they’ll likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. Before you begin, you’ll need to learn about how to clean pools. Take a class or read a book about pool maintenance, and you need to know things like debris removal or the chemistry of pools. You will need to have a very good comprehension on these to be able to perform your job as a pool cleaner effectively. Also, by knowing these, it increases your chances to be hired. A good resource is Swim University, a website dedicated to pool care. You can learn a lot about these there. You should also try to get certification to become a pool cleaner if you feel that it’s necessary.
  3. Buy pool maintenance equipment. In the event that a pool you are servicing does not have the equipment, you need to step up. You should get a bottle of pool cleaner, a skimmer, and a net at the very least. These can be found online on sites like Amazon, or smaller shops in your area.
  4. Apply and get hired. You won’t be able to find pool cleaner jobs on job finding sites since it is your regular folk that are hiring you, not big companies. Sites like Craigslist will have plenty of opportunities around you that you can apply to. There is a lot of flexibility here. You can do 5 pools in a day or do 1 pool per day. It’s all up to you. But first, you need to find a couple of jobs in your area and apply to them. When applying, you should show them your certification if you have one, or at the very minimum, brag a little about your knowledge of pools.
  5. Congrats, you’re officially a teenage pool cleaner. It will take a good amount of time to really master how to clean pools fast, but if you are able to do so and stick to this as a career path, you’ll make significant income in the future.  This is a very nice experience-building job, and whether you choose to continue being a pool cleaner or if you want to pick another career, this is still going to be a wonderful first job that will increase your chances of getting hired in the future.

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Helpful Resources

  • Swim University:  This website has some great information on how to care for a pool and maintain it properly.
  • Amazon.com:  You can find all types of cleaning equipment on Amazon to help you properly clean pools.
  • Craigslist.com: This is a great website where you can find people in your area who may want a pool cleaning service.

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