Jobs Description of a Lifeguard

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Lifeguard Jobs - Supervises the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers and other water sports participants such as in a swimming pool, water park, or beach.

Lifeguard career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services.
A Lifeguard

A person in Lifeguard career:

  • Examines injured persons and administers first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment.
  • Contacts emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.
  • Rescues distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.
  • Instructs participants in skiing, swimming, or other recreational activities and provides safety precaution information.
  • Patrols or monitors recreational areas such as trails, slopes, and swimming areas, on foot, in vehicles, or from towers.
  • Completes and maintains records of weather and beach conditions, emergency medical treatments performed, and other relevant incident information.
  • Maintains quality of pool water by testing chemical levels.
  • Warns recreational participants of inclement weather, unsafe areas, or illegal conduct.
  • Observes activities in assigned areas, using binoculars, to detect hazards, disturbances, or safety infractions.

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads of more than 50 lbs., sometimes more than 100 lbs. You must be used to very heavy physical exertion on a regular basis. Work in Lifeguard occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in Lifeguard occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in Lifeguard occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in Lifeguard occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in Lifeguard occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in Lifeguard career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Specialty and Similar Lifeguard Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to Lifeguard career:
  • Alpine Patroller - Patrols mountain areas and transports ill or injured guests in rescue toboggans.
  • Boating Safety Officer - Performs law enforcement, crime prevention, boating safety, and education on the waterways.
  • Health Club Attendant - Welcomes guests and ensures they have a safe and enjoyable experience; maintains the weight and cardiovascular fitness areas ensuring equipment is clean, functioning properly and used according to the guidelines of the facility.
  • Park Ranger - Supervises, manages and performs work in the conservation and use of resources in national parks and other federally-managed areas.
  • Recreation Attendant - Directs people to safely participate in activities.
  • Ski Patrol - Monitors participants of snow sports, either at a ski area or in a back country setting and work to promote ski safety, enforce area policies, and help injured skiers when necessary.

Transferable Skills

Here's a list of skills used in Lifeguard career that are also used in other careers.
High level of skill required
  • Providing protective services
Medium level of skill required
  • Counseling and advising people
  • Interviewing people to obtain information
  • Investigating data to solve problems
  • Preparing case reports
  • Working as a member of a protective service team

Workplace Skills

Workplace skills are practiced activities that help people become successful in all kinds of careers. Here's a list of the workplace skills that are used in Lifeguard career.

Medium level of skill required
  • Coordination
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Service orientation
  • Social perceptiveness