LIFEGUARD


Job Specifications

Class Code:

GK1

Analyst:

LM/TC

Date Originated:

7/80 

Date Revised:

2/95, 1/98, 03/03, 4/13 


SANTA CRUZ COUNTY


DEFINITION
Under supervision, perform lifeguard duties; provide swimming instruction and assistance; and perform other related duties as required. 


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
The Lifeguard classification is distinguished from the Head Lifeguard in that the latter supervises the work of volunteers, Aquatic Aides, Lifeguards and Instructors at a swimming facility.


TYPICAL TASKS
Serve as a lifeguard at a swimming facility; maintain close surveillance over swimming activities; enforce water safety rules and regulations; perform rescues; perform first aid and resuscitation; maintain pool deck and adjacent areas such as locker rooms; notify supervisor of emergencies, disturbances or problems; prepare routine records and reports; instruct or assist in instruction of recreational aquatics classes; set up and tear down of accommodations for special events, programs, and facility rentals; required to open and close swimming facilities; provide customer service; cashier; and other duties assigned.


EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Knowledge of:
Working knowledge of:


Some knowledge of:


Ability to:


Special Requirements: 
Lifeguard and Instructors:
Possession of a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate and a valid CPR Certificate. *


AND


First Aid for Public Safety Personnel, California Title 22.


OR one of the following:  


  1. Emergency Response. 
  2. First Responder Medical Training.
  3. Emergency Medical Training (E.M.T.).

*Acceptable Lifeguard and CPR Certifications include:


American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED


OR


American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid


WITH


The American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer.


OR


The American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare provider.


OR


The American Red Cross CPR AED for Lifeguards


Post Employment Certification:


  1. Santa Cruz County Instructor Training Program;

OR


American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI)


Background Investigation:


Fingerprinting is required for persons 18 and older.


Special Working Conditions:


Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; strong and unpleasant odors and fumes such as chlorine; noise from children; allergens such as, pollen, and insect stings and bites; pool chemical fluctuations which might cause irritation to eyes and skin; and the possibility of administering first aid and resultant exposure to infections which could cause chronic disease or death.

Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 05
Occupational Grouping: 90 
Workers' Comp Code: 1160