Lifeguard (Paid Certification)

Oxford, CT

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Monitor safety in the pool, on the pool deck, and in the pool area.
  • Assist with events like “PoolPalooza” and “swim in movie night” for families and Girl Scouts
  • Lead water safety activities on days when we are unable to swim (ie lightning storms)
  • Greet and interact with members at the pool; be positive, polite, and patient when dealing with participants
  • Ensure swimmers are aware of safety practices, whistle signals, and procedures
  • Always wear a whistle on the pool deck and carry PPE as assigned
  • Help everyone when possible, but never stop scanning the water
  • Provide appropriate rescue and treatment for distressed or injured persons
  • Communicate with other lifeguards on the team; practice drills as a team to ensure consistent communication and practices for rescues
  • Responsible for the basic physical upkeep of the pool and pool area when such duties for not interfere with the surveillance of the water/swimmers
  • Positively represent Girl Scouts to all participants and other lifeguards and staff
  • When unable to attend a scheduled shift, call supervisor as early as possible to ensure coverage at the pool

Requirements:

  • Current certification in Lifeguarding: Pool, Aquatic Center, or Waterfront; with current CPR for the Professional Rescuer; or ability to be certified
  • Current certification in First Aid or ability to be certified
  • Ability to work in an environment that requires attention to swimmers, visual scanning of the swim area; communication with Girl Scouts and families; following all emergency procedures
  • Physical ability to swim 300 meters (crawl stroke with rotary breathing) without stopping; tread water with hands above head for 2 minutes; and retrieve 10lb diving brick from bottom of pool
  • Physical ability to swim 300 meters (crawl stroke with rotary breathing) at minimum 2 times per week during team lifeguard drills
  • Ability to routinely bend and raise more than 20 pounds; lifts of up to 100 pounds may be required in emergencies.
  • In an emergency and in weekly emergency drills, lifeguards will be required to physically perform tasks in compliance with their certification(s), training and pool procedures, and the needs of the emergency.

 SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  •  Ability to demonstrate his/her competency in both lifeguarding and swimming skills.

EDUCATION:

High School graduate or equivalent preferred. 

CERTIFICATIONS:

Lifeguard certification as applicable to the facility, AED/CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid certifications are required.  Girl Scouts will pay for your certification.

Water Safety Instructor preferred.