What does a Lifeguard/Senior Lifeguard do?

A lifeguard is responsible for the general supervision and safety of patrons of an aquatic facility by preventing and responding to emergencies. Lifeguards are superior swimmers who are able to give advice on water safety to patrons, conduct swift water rescues and control unruly behavior if necessary. Lifeguards can have shifts at swimming pools and beaches when the weather permits.

Generally, lifeguards do not need a high school diploma, however, 6 months to 1-year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities are required. A valid CPR certification and current certification as a lifeguard by a recognized source of training are required. Successful lifeguards are extremely sociable and safety conscious.

What responsibilities are common for Lifeguard/Senior Lifeguard jobs?
  • Maintain constant surveillance of patrons in the water
  • Provide emergency care and treatment as required until the arrival of emergency medical services
  • Able to act quickly and appropriately to secure the safety of patrons in the event of an emergency
  • Present professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintain a high standard of customer service
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
  • Prepare and maintain appropriate activity reports
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures
  • Able to follow routine verbal and written instructions
What are the typical qualifications for Lifeguard/Senior Lifeguard jobs?
  • 2+ years' lifeguard experience preferred
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment practical skills test in the water
  • Ability to work on weekends and evenings
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  • 6 months to 1-year experience directly related to the responsibilities specified
  • Highly-skilled in the application of lifeguarding surveillance and rescue techniques
  • Strong knowledge of CPR and emergency medical procedure
  • Ability to accurately prepare routine administrative paperwork
  • Excellent customer service skills
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Lifeguard/Fitness Aide
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“Staff was incredible to work with and I sincerely enjoyed coming into work everyday to see everyone”

City of Irvine, CACity of Irvine, CA
Lifeguard
6 Jul 2021

“Nothing really too bad could get a little tedious and the pay wasn't great but its solid for a highschooler”

Loews Hotels & CoLoews Hotels & Co
Lifeguard
17 May 2022

“You get good stable pay at this job and can get as many hours as you want”

Westchase Community Association
Pool Lifeguard
29 Sept 2021

“This job is great for high school and college students looking for part time employment.”

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation DistrictTualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor
15 Feb 2021

“Best (and one of the only good) parts of the job was awesome coworkers.”

Michindoh Conference CenterMichindoh Conference Center
Summer Lifeguard
20 Oct 2020

“Lot's of great people and a fun camp to live at enjoy while you have downtime.”

Harwich Recreation
Lifeguard
14 Jul 2021

“I made my best friends here while learning how to work responsibly!! Great work environment”

YMCAYMCA
Lifeguard
8 Sept 2020

“Tough drills but overall I think it was an appropriate safety measure considering the nature of the job”

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