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Lifeguard

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee Swimmer Safety

The primary duty of a lifeguard is to maintain swimmer safety. Lifeguards monitor water conditions and guest behavior, enforcing safety rules and paying close attention to swimmer activities and behavior. Lifeguards will issue warnings when a visitor is creating an unsafe environment and may determine when they need to ask a guest to leave. Lifeguards will also assist new swimmers to help them safely enjoy the water.

Conduct Rescue Operations

Lifeguards prevent death and injury by rescuing swimmers from the water. If a lifeguard notices a swimmer struggling or beneath the water for too long, they take necessary steps to safely remove the swimmer from the water. In some cases, a lifeguard may have to begin CPR procedures, working with other lifeguards to contact emergency services personnel and provide assistance to the swimmer.

Organize Pool Activities

Some lifeguards support visitors by organizing activities in and around the pool or beach, including pool parties, lessons, and swim teams. Lifeguards work closely with supervisors and other lifeguards to schedule and oversee these activities, which may occur outside of regular swimming hours, and ensure that participants have a safe and positive experience while visiting the pool, beach, or park.

Monitor Weather and Conditions

Lifeguards maintain overall safety by monitoring weather and water conditions for signs of danger. The lifeguard will check the weather to see if thunderstorms or other weather events could create an unsafe swimming environment and take steps to close the swimming area if they determine that conditions are hazardous to swimmers.

Opening and Closing Procedures

Lifeguards are responsible for opening and closing swimming areas. This may include removing the pool cover, attaching guides and guards, and checking water condition before the pool opens to swimmers. Standard maintenance and cleaning activities are also required.

Contribute to Maintenance and Upkeep

Lifeguards are required to contribute to maintenance and upkeep activities in and around the pool or other swimming areas so that visitors can enjoy a safe and clean environment. This can include cleaning up walkways around a pool, adding chemicals according to safety guidelines, and regularly cleaning pool water and surfaces.

Application Process

Certification

Lifeguards must complete the certification process, including CPR. The guard is responsible for all upfront costs. If the guard is still employed at the end of the season, all costs will be refunded. Certification classes and details will be released upon hire.

Application

Applications are available at the link below or in office at 40 Main Street. Please submit completed application in office or to development@shinnstonwv.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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