Lifeguard Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Lifeguard, or Life Saver, monitors and supervises aquatic activities. Their primary duties include overseeing swimmer safety, rescue operations and staying alert to changing weather and water conditions.


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Lifeguard duties and responsibilities

Lifeguards are experts in water safety and must rescue swimmers who are sick, distressed or hurt. They may also do the following:

  • Supervising swimming activities at the aquatic centre and making sure that safety procedures, guidelines and policies are followed
  • Warning of unsafe activities and enforcing water safety policies and pool regulations
  • Providing first aid in the event of injury, rescuing swimmers in danger or distress and administering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or artificial respiration, if necessary
  • Assessing conditions for safety and coming up with an action plan for aquatics emergency
  • Inspecting pool equipment, facilities and water to make sure they are usable and safe
  • Supervising and assisting in cleaning equipment and facilities
  • Opening and closing the pool each day, depending on schedule and hours
  • Organising and overseeing pool parties
  • Instructing or assisting classes in fundamentals of swimming
  • Resolving scheduling conflicts to make sure the pool environment is safe for competitions


Lifeguard Job Description Examples:



Please apply today online today at [website]!

If you are looking for a summer position with a great company, look no further.

We have openings for lifeguards in the Newport News Area.

Must be 16 years of age!

Essential functions of the position include, but not limited to the following:

  • Monitor patrons throughout the pool area

  • Respond to emergency situations

  • Responsible for checking pool passes

  • Clean restrooms and take out trash

  • Maintain swimming pool’s cleanliness and water’s chemistry

  • Opens and closes pool on time

  • Report any accidents, unusual circumstances, or maintenance problems to supervisor

  • Present professional appearance and attitude at all times

  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • Will offer Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR Certification to potential employees

  • Possess reliable transportation to and from job site

    Job Types: Full-time, $10.50 to $12.00 lifeguarding: 1 year (Preferred)

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    Now Hiring Lifeguards for the 2020 Pool Season

  • NO Experience Required TO BE A Lifeguard! WE Train AND Certify OUR Staff!

    Job Summary

    Under general supervision, ensures the safety of patrons of an aquatic facility by preventing and responding to emergencies.

    Texas Aquatic Enterprises is hiring for the following positions for the upcoming 2020 pool season:

  • Lifeguard

  • Head Lifeguard

  • Manager

  • On-Site Supervisor

  • Traveling Area Supervisor (Internship Opportunity): Must be 18 years old with minimum 2 years lifeguarding experience to apply.

    Pools begin opening the first weekend in May and close for the season by the second weekend in September. We’re looking for Lifeguards with the ability to work flexible shifts throughout the summer, though we’re willing to make exceptions for school-related obligations. The ideal candidate will have excellent skills in the water; reliable transportation and prior guarding experience (Prior experience not a requirement).

    Texas Aquatic Enterprises has openings in the following areas of Houston:

  • Tomball

  • Cypress

  • Katy

  • Sugarland/Richmond/Rosenberg

  • Missouri City

  • Pearland/Alvin

  • Greater Houston Area

    Responsibilities and Duties

  • Maintains constant surveillance of patrons in the facility; acts immediately and appropriately to secure safety of patrons in the event of emergency.


  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.

  • Ability to follow routine verbal and written instructions.


  • CPR Certified; Current certification as a Lifeguard by the American Red Cross or a nationally recognized agency.


  • TAE Pools does offer training to candidates that are interested in becoming certified lifeguards.

  • Must be at least 15 years of age to work for TAE pools and take the lifeguard/cpr training class.


  • Great PAY!

  • Excellent first time job

  • Flexible Schedule

  • Internships

  • Outside environment

  • learn and have fun along the way

  • Meet new people

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, Internship

    Salary: $7.75 to $13.00 /hour

    Please apply through indeed or call/text Michael @ [phone number] for all other questions/inquires about the positions listed above TAE is hiring for.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $7.75 to $13.00 /hour

    Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

  • Fully Remote


  • Flexible schedule

    Typical start time:

  • 8AM

    Typical end time:

  • 10PM

    This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects


  • Other

    Company's website:

  • No
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    Euvori aquatics is a pool management company, meaning we hire lifeguards to work at various locations across the state. You're viewing an application for the Westin Kierland Resort located in Scottsdale.

    We're an authorized provider for StarGuard Elite, Starfish Swimming, and the American Safety & Health Institute. We're also a Better Business Bureau accredited business and have been awarded an A+ for our commitment to ethics. We've also never received a customer review earning less than 5 stars.

    We take our brand and reputation seriously and are looking to hire only the best in the business that shares our same morals and values. Applicants should be:

  • Dependable. Our employees pick the shifts they work. With power comes great responsibility, so we expect that all employees will attend and arrive early for every shift they take.

  • Companionable. We expect to get compliments about our staff every time they're dispatched to any location. Those who start a conversation with someone passing by versus giving an awkward lip-smile do well here.

  • Impartial. We, as well as our clients, have rules that must be followed to maintain order and safety at the pool. We expect our employees to be comfortable telling that older adult "no" just as they would a child, but at the same time, treat that child with the same respect you would give an adult. We don't want anyone to feel targeted by our staff or come off as unduly harsh.

  • Attentive. We're serious about safety. We do weekly audits and in-services, meaning all of our staff are regularly evaluated on their emergency responses, customer service skills, and more. Lifeguards that aren't too concerned with safety or the guests' experience won't make it very far with us.

    Are you with us?

    The number of customer compliments we commission as a team paired with our personable staff makes Euvori a highly rewarding place to work.

    Those who are excited about quality, professionalism, and accountability typically do very well in our company. Top performers perceive accountability as a positive and thrive within our organization.

    Ready to apply?

    Complete the application here through Indeed. We generally call within a few business days for a phone interview. Please make sure your voicemail is set up and not full to ensure you receive our call.

    Please view our Compliance Posters before applying for any position: [website]

    Job Type: Part-time

    Salary: $14.40 to $16.20 /hour


  • StarGuard Lifeguard (Preferred)


  • Morning (Preferred)

  • Mid-Day (Preferred)

  • Evening (Preferred)

    Working Days:

  • Monday (Preferred)

  • Tuesday (Preferred)

  • Wednesday (Preferred)

  • Thursday (Preferred)

  • Friday (Preferred)

  • Saturday (Preferred)

  • Sunday (Preferred)

    Application Question:

  • This application is for the Westin Kierland Resort. Please type "yes" to confirm that you're aware of the resort's location and are willing to drive to this location on a regular basis.

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • One location

  • Multiple locations


  • Flexible schedule

    Typical start time:

  • 8AM

    Typical end time:

  • 7PM

    Pay Frequency:

  • Weekly


  • Monday to Weekends 10 hour shift
  • What does a Lifeguard do?

    A Lifeguard maintains the safety of swimmers through observation of their surroundings, uses verbal and flag signal communications to swimmers and quickly responds to emergencies using rescue procedures. They enforce rules, observe weather and water conditions and intervene if there is rough and dangerous play. Lifeguards work in a variety of environments. Some work at pool areas in municipal recreation areas, privately owned swim clubs, schools and hotels, while others work at beaches or large aquatic centres and water parks. 


    Lifeguard skills and qualifications

    Lifeguards need a variety of skills and qualifications to perform their duties and responsibilities effectively.  successful Lifeguard candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that include:

    • Ability to evaluate water conditions at the beach, aquatics facilities or offsite natural pools, rivers or streams to identify any potential hazards or dangers
    • Ability to adjust water programmes to make sure visitors and other staff are safe
    • Swimming skills and comfort in all kinds of water conditions
    • Ability to evaluate and judge the changing dynamics of people taking part in aquatic activities to immediately determine their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the threats to their safety
    • In-depth knowledge of safety policies, on-site protocols and operational procedures
    • In-depth knowledge of techniques and methods for providing medical services in the event of an emergency


    Lifeguard experience requirements

    Lifeguards must have a full driver’s licence, previous experience in a similar role and at least two years of experience in rescue and recovery. They must also have several years of experience using various emergency equipment, such as the automated external defibrillator (AED). They must also have experience in emergency oxygen administration, in-line stabilisation procedures, rescue aids and with methods such as the use of lifebuoys and poles. 


    Lifeguard education and training requirements

    Lifeguards must have at least a the minimum General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSEs) in English and maths or diplomas from higher education colleges. While they don’t need a degree to perform their job, they must have a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) or a Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Lifeguards must also have valid certificates in CPR, AED, first aid, emergency oxygen administration therapy and in-line spinal stabilisation. Pool Lifeguards must have a valid responder certificate in addition to their NPLQ. Some employers require lifeguards to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service qualifications (DBS) eligibility or an International Pool Lifeguard Certificate.


    Lifeguard salary expectations

    According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Lifeguard is £9.14 per hour. This figure varies depending on factors, such as the company, experience and geographical location. 


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    Lifeguard job description FAQs


    What is the difference between a Lifeguard and a Paramedic?

    Lifeguards perform emergency aid on-site and call emergency services for treatment beyond their abilities. Paramedics perform advanced life support, manage patient care and transport patients to hospitals. Trained in dispensing 30-40 medications and no restrictions on administrating injections or IVs, a licenced Paramedic works from an ambulance.


    What are the different types of Lifeguards?

    Lifeguard categories include pool, beach, international and Open Water Lifeguards (OWLs).  International Lifeguards work internationally in all capacities. OWL Lifeguards provide supervision and rescue cover at planned, risk-assessed and organised events at still and non-tidal open water facilities.


    Who does a Lifeguard report to?

    An individually hired Lifeguard reports to a Direct Manager or Supervisor on-site at the organisation. Lifeguards hired through training centres and organisations, such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK, report directly to those organisations.


    What should you look for in a Lifeguard CV?

    Candidates should have at least two years of experience in a similar role. They should also have the proper full certification requirements in CPR, AED, First Aid, Emergency Oxygen Administration therapy. In-line stabilisation and should be documented and current. Additional certifications, specific to pool Lifeguards, beach and open water Lifeguards, include NVBLQ, NPLQ, Pool Responder Certificate, OWL and proof of DBS qualification. The candidate should also demonstrate leadership skills and show expertise in operating rescue equipment and vehicles.

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