Job General Statement of Duties
Assists in managing the activities and operations of the City's swimming pool and related facilities; performs related work as required. Distinguishing Features of the Class
The principal function of an employee in this class is to assist in the management of the activities at the City's swimming pool and related facilities and enforce all safety rules and perform life saving and first aid procedures as necessary. The work is performed under the supervision of the Pool Manager but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. Supervision is exercised over the work of employees in the class of Lifeguard in the absence of the Pool Manager. An employee in this class performs the duties of other employees in the Parks and Recreation Department as required or as assigned by supervisory personnel. The principal duties of this class are performed in the environment of a community pool requiring attention to several swimming pool patrons and lifesaving personnel at any given time. Work is sometimes performed in a pump/chemical room that can be very noisy and expose the worker to dust, grease and dirt. The employee is exposed to machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases or irritating chemicals (such as cleaning products) requiring the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc. The work is performed outdoors and occasionally in cold, hot or inclement weather. Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Assists in supervising and coordinating activities of the swimming pool staff to prevent accidents and provide assistance to swimmers and assigns duties to all Lifeguards;
- Assists in supervising the maintenance and clean-up of the swimming pool and related facilities;
- Conducts swimming classes and assists with class scheduling.
- Ensures that all Lifeguards maintain a safety orientation during all aspects of their working day;
- Using the testing kit to perform chemical maintenance of the swimming pool as necessary, including determining chlorine content, PH value and color of pool water at regular intervals during the day;
- Monitors swimming pool and all related facilities during assigned shifts to ensure and enforce safety codes and standards and prevent injuries and fatalities;
- Cautions swimmers regarding unsafe practices and maintains the authority to discipline and/or remove violators from City pool property;
- Rescues swimmers in danger of drowning;
- Administers first aid and contacts emergency personnel as necessary;
- Assists with inspecting and maintaining swimming facility, including general cleaning duties and pool maintenance;
- Performs other duties of Lifeguards as necessary;
- Maintains all necessary records and writes and files reports on pool activities and specific incidents and accidents as required and routes these to supervisor for evaluation;
- Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
- Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
- Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
- The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department and City employees, emergency personnel, pool patrons and the public;
- In the absence of the Pool Manager takes on duties of Pool Manager;
- Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Acceptable Experience and Training
- Comprehensive knowledge of standard aquatics life saving procedures, including rescuing swimmers from drowning, instructing and disciplining unsafe pool practices and administering first aid;
- Comprehensive knowledge of First Aid instruction procedures and practices;
- Comprehensive knowledge of CPR and other related life saving techniques;
- Comprehensive knowledge of general swimming skills for the purpose of instruction;
- Ability to assist in the supervision of lifesaving personnel and coordinating the activities of all swimming pool staff;
- Ability to teach others First Aid procedures;
- Ability to teach others swimming procedures and safe aquatics practices;
- Ability to swim at a highly competent level for the purpose of rescuing others in danger of drowning;
- Ability to supervises and monitor the work of other Lifeguards;
- Ability to communicate well with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
- Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;
- Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
- Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
- Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
- Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
- Integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
Required Special Qualifications
- Graduation from high school or possession of a GED; and
- Considerable experience in aquatics instruction or lifesaving with some supervisory role; or
- Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Essential Physical Abilities
- Possession of a current Red Cross Basic Lifeguard Training or equivalent Red Certification;
- Possession of a CPR for the Professional Rescuer/First Aid certification.
- Be able to obtain a current pool operations certification (e.g. Certified Pool Operator (CPO) or Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO).
- Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;
- Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, to distinguish between shades of color and which permits the employee to monitor the City pool and all related facilities and stay abreast of all potentially dangerous situations and violations of pool rules;
- Sufficient manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to maintain all related clerical records and perform basic janitorial and pool maintenance activities, including the use of ladders and specific tools and equipment;
- Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to perform lifesaving activities, including rescuing swimmers from drowning and administering first aid;
- Ability to stand, walk, bend, crouch or stoop intermittently;
- Ability to frequently lifting heavy objects weighing more than 25 pounds.