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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?
  • Learn how to 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?
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Insure¬†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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