Fun workplace with interactions with people of all ages
Milpitas - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Current Employee) – Milpitas, CA – July 17, 2016
A typical day at work would be to put on a lot of sunblock, get in the water to teach adults and children how to swim, check the chemicals and locker rooms, clean up vomit in the pool, guarding on the stands and while roving, making sure patrons know the rules and water safety of the pool, etc.
This was my first job and I have learned a lot about customer service and being professional. I have also learned to have patience with those that don't learn as fast as others, and find different ways to teach different kinds of people. I had to learn how to communicate with everyone on a proper and professional manner instead of casual.
Management was great and was always there to offer help if needed. They kept me up to date with everything going on with the pool and would offer guidance when I was uncertain of what actions I should take regarding some problems.
My co-workers are great as well. This job brings everyone closer together for some reason, and the bond that we have by the end of the summer is long lasting.
I think the hardest part of the job would be the conditioning and teaching in the water. Teaching in the water is hard, because I have to carry kids all day. I have gotten sun burned so many times as well.
The most enjoyable part of this job is being friends with everyone and teaching. For example, when I go out grocery shopping, one of my students will recognize me and greet me. Since I work closely with kids, their parents are also on familiar terms with me.
low pay, sun burn, majority of the uniform is self bought (only shirt was provided when we needed packs, whistles, etc.), major changes that happened too fast