The dangers associated with water sports should not bar one from enjoying them. Lifeguards are employed to create safe environment where people can enjoy swimming, surfing and boating without having to fear about falling into the water or hurting themselves.
Lifeguards typically keep an eye on people indulging in recreational activities on a pool, lake, water-park or the beach. In the event of a mishap, they are responsible for performing lifesaving activities such as resuscitation and first aid. Some lifeguards also provide swimming training to novices and children.
On any particular work day, lifeguards take a headcount of people swimming and ensure that they are kept safe by calling out to them in case they venture too far or have been in the water for too long. The need to be vigilant at all times is high in this position.
To obtain employment as a lifeguard, one has to be an excellent swimmer along with possessing certification in lifesaving particularly the Red Cross Advanced Lifesaving Certificate. Specific training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is also one of the prerequisites for this position.
• Maintain continuous surveillance of people in swimming pools, lakes and oceans
• Ensure appropriate headcount of people involved in a watersport on hourly basis
• Call out warnings to people who may have ventured too far or are in imminent danger
• Provide safety information to people prior to them indulging in a water sport
• Supervise swimmers to ensure that they are swimming within the safety protocols
• Proactively identify hazards or potential hazards and take measures to prevent accidents
• Control and report unruly behavior and evict individuals not adhering to behavior protocols
• Ensure that water sports such as beach volleyball and surfing is done within the parameters of set rules and regulation
• Immediately provide rescue in the event of drowning or swimming incidents
• Perform first aid and CPR according to the demands of adverse situations
• Perform pool chemical checks to ensure safety and hygiene
• Maintain accurate records of pool use and chemical levels
• Teach swimming techniques and safety education to new swimmers
• Check safety of rescue tubes and buoys and perform needed maintenance
• Ensure that all pool equipment is stored safely and that any lost items are kept in a safe place