Lifeguard Pathway

You're a great swimmer and want to put those skills to good use!

Lifeguard I

What You'll Do

  • Monitor activities in aquatic areas
  • Enforce (pool/beach) regulations
  • Rescue swimmers in need
  • Administer first aid
  • Inspect and maintain facility, equipment, and materials
  • Take reports from the public and medical incident reports

Requirements

New Lifeguards

  • At least 16 years old
  • For new lifeguards: Successful completion of the District's Lifeguard Academy

Returning Lifeguards

  • A current CPR/AED for Lifeguards certificate from American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • A current First Aid certificate
  • A current Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid certificate from American Red Cross

Can You...

  • Swim 550 yards (500 meters) in less than 10 minutes?
  • Breath-hold dive to 15 feet and recover a 150 pound person in an open water environment? (while wearing mask and fins)
  • Operate and maintain lifesaving equipment?
  • Teach aquatic and safety programs to varying age levels?
  • Carry equipment weighing up to 60 pounds?
  • Balance equipment overhead weighing 40 pounds?
  • Use a computer terminal? (Use basic computer programs?)
  • Understand and apply District and department policies?
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships?

Lifeguard II (Assistant Head Lifeguard)

What you'll do

  • Monitor activities in aquatic areas
  • Enforce (pool/beach) regulations
  • Rescue swimmers in need
  • Administer first aid
  • Inspect and maintain facility, equipment, and materials
  • Take reports from the public and medical incident reports
  • Assist in determining work schedules
  • Assist in planning and conducting lifeguard training sessions
  • Assist with ordering materials and equipment for the facility
  • Assist in coordinating emergency response activities
  • Advise on employee performance evaluations

Requirements

  • At least 16 years old
  • A current CPR/AED for Lifeguards certificate from American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • A current Emergency Response certificate from the American Red Cross OR an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate
  • A current Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid certificate from American Red Cross
  • At least one season of experience as a paid, full-time lifeguard in a facility equivalent to an EBRPD facility

Can You...

  • Swim 550 yards (500 meters) in less than 10 minutes?
  • Breath-hold dive to 15 feet and recover a 150 pound person in an open water environment? (while wearing mask and fins)
  • Operate and maintain lifesaving equipment?
  • Teach aquatic and safety programs to varying age levels?
  • Direct emergency lifeguard response?
  • Carry equipment weighing up to 60 pounds?
  • Balance equipment overhead weighing 40 pounds?
  • Use a computer terminal? (Use basic computer programs?)
  • Understand and apply District and department policies?
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships?

Lifeguard III (Head Lifeguard)

What You'll Do

  • Monitor activities in aquatic areas
  • Enforce (pool/beach) regulations
  • Rescue swimmers in need
  • Administer first aid
  • Inspect and maintain facility, equipment, and materials
  • Take reports from the public and medical incident reports
  • Determine work schedules
  • Advise on employee performance evaluations
  • Plan and conduct lifeguard training sessions
  • Assist with ordering materials and equipment for the facility
  • Review medical incident reports and other paperwork
  • Assist in coordinating emergency response activities

Requirements

  • Completion of 12th grade, or equivalent
  • At least 18 years old
  • A current CPR/AED for Lifeguards certificate from American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • A current Emergency Response certificate from the American Red Cross OR an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate
  • A current Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid certificate from American Red Cross
  • At least one season of experience as a paid, full-time lifeguard in a facility equivalent to an EBRPD facility

Can You...

  • Swim 550 yards (500 meters) in less than 10 minutes?
  • Breath-hold dive to 15 feet and recover a 150 pound person in an open water environment? (while wearing mask and fins)
  • Direct emergency lifeguard response?
  • Carry equipment weighing up to 60 pounds?
  • Balance equipment overhead weighing 40 pounds?
  • Use a computer terminal? (Use basic computer programs?)
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships?
    Comments from Katy Hornbeck (03-19-2018):
    - During the academy, new hires will learn how to operate and maintain lifesaving equipment. I’m guessing this list of “Can you…” is supposed to indicate whether or not this job would be a good fit? I’d hate for someone to feel deterred if they don’t have experience with the equipment or teaching programs. Same with understand and apply— few 16 year old know anything about the District or department policies. They will come to know them… so this may need to be rephrased to something more like “follow directions and implement District/department policies”
    - I think both Aquatic Supervisor and Manager need to have their EMT or higher certification
    - Adding photos might be cool.
  • Operate and maintain lifesaving equipment?
  • Teach aquatic and safety programs to varying age levels?
  • Understand and apply District and department policies?

Aquatic Assistant

What You'll Do

  • Assist in planning, developing, conducting, and overseeing lifeguard training
  • Assist in planning and conducting emergency medical service training for District staff
  • Assist with development of aquatic recreation programs
  • Assist in evaluating medical, rescue, and training reports
  • Compile statistics
  • Assist in responding to aquatic emergencies
  • Maintain equipment
  • Assist with scheduling and recruiting efforts

Requirements

  • Completion of 12th grade, or equivalent
  • At least 12 months of full time experience in open water lifeguarding
  • Experience in dealing with administrative and operational oversight
  • A current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation For The Professional Rescuer (CPR/FPR) Certificate from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • A current First Aid Certificate that meets California Health and Safety Requirements
  • A current Lifeguard Training Certificate from the American Red Cross
  • A valid California Drivers License

Can You...

  • Swim 550 yards (500 meters) in less than 10 minutes?
  • Operate and maintain lifesaving equipment?
  • Operate a boat?
  • Direct emergency lifeguard response?
  • Carry equipment weighing up to 60 pounds?
  • Balance equipment overhead weighing 40 pounds?
  • Apply general knowledge of office practices and procedures?
  • Use English well? (reword this maybe?)
  • Apply knowledge of principles and practices of aquatic program administration?
  • Understand and apply District and department policies, as well as local/state regulations?
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships?

Aquatic Supervisor

What You'll Do

  • Schedule, supervise and train aquatic staff
  • Make hiring and staffing recommendations
  • Evaluate all beach/pool operations
  • Prepare reports and recommendations
  • Evaluate medical, rescue, and training reports
  • Develop procedures and policies to support the Aquatic program
  • Support and coordinate response to emergency situations
  • Compile statistics and records
  • Develop, coordinate, and administer aquatic recreation programs
  • Make public presentations on safety and lifeguard service
  • Assist, teach, and arrange materials for CPR & First Aid classes
  • Assure compliance with legal codes

Requirements

  • A 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in Parks and Recreation or a related field
  • At least 20 months of full time experience in open water lifeguarding, with at least 12 of those months in a supervisory position
  • Lifeguard Training Certificate from the American Red Cross
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer (CPR/FPR) Certificate from the American Red Cross
  • First Aid Certificate that meets California Health and Safety requirements
  • A valid California Drivers License

NOTE: Additional experience may be substituted for a maximum of two years of required education on the basis that 4 months of full time experience is equivalent to one year of college

Can You...

  • Apply knowledge of office practices and procedures?
  • Apply knowledge of principles and practices of aquatic program development?
  • Use English well?
  • Understand and apply District and departmental policies?
  • Understand and apply local and state regulations?
  • Think clearly, act quickly, and use logic and common sense?
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively?
  • Prepare and maintain reports, records, and analyses?
  • Carry equipment weighing up to 60 pounds?
  • Balance equipment overhead weighing 40 pounds?
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships?

Aquatics Manager

What You'll Do

  • Supervise aquatics supervisors
  • Determine adequate staffing levels
  • Develop aquatic program policies, procedures, and training
  • Develop budget requirements
  • Assure all hired staff are properly trained and certified
  • Develop and conduct lifesaving training programs
  • Maintain documents and records
  • Investigate and prepare incident reports
  • Resolve internal problems and issues and coordinates on external ones
  • Represent the aquatics program on internal and external committees
  • Develop brochures, flyers, and posters
  • Monitor performance and create new policies
  • Respond to aquatic emergencies
  • Insures compliance with relevant legal codes and requirements

Requirements

  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in park and recreation administration, physical education, recreation or a related field
  • 4 years of experience in the aquatic recreation field, with at least 2 years at the supervisory level
  • Lifeguard Training Certificate from the American Red Cross
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer (CPR/FPR) Certificate from the American Red Cross
  • First Aid Certificate that meets California Health and Safety requirements
  • A valid California Driver's License

NOTE: A Master's Degree in physical education, recreation , or a closely related field may be accepted as an equivalent to a maximum of one and a half years of experience

Can You...

  • Apply knowledge of aquatic safety principles and practices?
  • Apply knowledge of lifesaving training and certification requirements?
  • Understand emergency response training and certification requirements?
  • Apply knowledge of supervisory principles and practices?
  • Use sound judgment and leadership skills?
  • Use good verbal and written communication skills?
  • Work cooperative with many different people?
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