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.