Lifeguards look after the safety of people at beaches or swimming pools through public relations, public education, accident prevention and rescue.

Duties & Tasks

Lifeguards may perform the following tasks:

  • supervise swimmers and bathers to prevent accidents and make sure they follow safety regulations
  • rescue swimmers in difficulty and provide first aid treatment if required
  • educate the community about water safety
  • place signs or barriers to warn of dangerous conditions or areas and make sure users are aware of potential dangers
  • caution people behaving in an unsafe manner and expel those who refuse to cooperate
  • report incidents to management or other authorities
  • design and implement emergency procedures
  • undertake basic water quality control and testing procedures
  • maintain rescue equipment
  • care for lost children
  • perform basic administrative duties such as writing reports.

Working conditions

Lifeguards who work at outdoor venues spend most of their time in conditions that vary from extremely hot to cold and windy.

Personal requirements

  • enjoy outdoor activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good communication skills
  • work well in a team environment
  • able to be alert for long periods
  • be of appropriate age as restrictions may apply.
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