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