HEAD LIFEGUARD

Job Specifications

Class Code:

GK3 

Analyst: 

LM /TC

Date Originated:

7/80 

Date Revised:

12/95, 1/98, 2/99, 4/13 

 

COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ

DEFINITION

Under supervision, supervise, train, schedule and evaluate the staff assigned to a swimming facility; perform lifeguard and related duties; provide swimming instruction; manage the operation of pools or other swimming facilities; and perform other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Head Lifeguard, Head Instructor is distinguished from the lower classification of Lifeguard, Instructor in that the Head Lifeguard, Head Instructor supervises the work of volunteers, Aquatic Aides, Lifeguards and Instructors at swimming facility.

TYPICAL TASKS

Supervise, organize, motivate, assist with hiring, schedule and evaluate the staff; insure that safety standards, sanitary requirements and regulations are enforced; prepare and maintain routine reports on staff and operations; prepare staff schedules; supervise the care and maintenance of swim lesson and lifesaving equipment; inventory equipment and supplies; enforce water safety rules and regulations; perform rescues; perform first aid and resuscitation; act as a liaison between the public, staff, and office personnel; suggest program improvements; supervise routine maintenance; plan and facilitate staff meetings and in-service training; handle registration and general daily functions of an aquatics facility; notify supervisors of disturbances, emergencies and staff performance problems; open and close swimming facilities; assist in the planning, organization, set up and tear down of accommodations for special events and facility rentals, assist supervisors as requested.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Knowledge:

Working knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:

Ability to:

Requirements:

520 hours of lifeguard experience.

260 hours of swimming instruction experience.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate and a current 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. Oxygen Administration Course.
  2. 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 poison oak, pollen, and bee stings; pool chemical fluctuations which might cause irritation to eyes and skin; and the possibility of administering first aid which may involve exposure to infections which might cause chronic disease or death.

Other Requirements:

Availability to work days, early mornings, late evenings and weekends; may be required to furnish identification badges, uniforms, and Red Cross training materials.

PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: Lifeguard Manager, Aquatics Supervisor, Head Lifeguard, Head Instructor

Bargaining Unit: 41 EEOC

Job Category: 05

Occupational Grouping: 90

Workers' Comp Code: 1160