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Lifeguard

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.
  • Related courses
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