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City of Torrance
Class Code: 0011

Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will (Part-time)

May 1991
(Revised)

Represenation Unit: Torrance Recurrent Recreational
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Lifeguard

Position Summary

Under supervision, ensures the safety of individuals using municipal swimming pools; protects public property in the facility; and performs related work as required.

Organizational Relationships

Distinguished from the Pool Manager in that the incumbent does not organize or direct the operation of the municipal swimming pool. Distinguished from the Assistant Pool Manager in that the incumbent does not direct the work of other pool personnel such as Cashier Clerks and Locker Room Attendants. Distinguished from the Instructor in that the incumbent is not responsible for teaching various aquatics classes.

Representative Job Duties

  • Enforces pool safety rules and regulations
  • Monitors swimming and other pool activities to prevent accidents
  • Rescues swimmers in danger of drowning and applies cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid
  • Inspects swimming pool for cleanliness and performs routine maintenance such as applying chlorine to the water and sweeping the bottom of pool
  • Makes periodic tests of water in the pool to determine chemical balance of chlorinators
  • Keeps a daily log of rescues and other emergencies and prepares written reports of these activities
  • Develops cooperative relationships with pool patrons to ensure positive public relations
  • May assist in teaching swimming techniques
  • Knowledge, Skills And Abilities

    Knowledge of
  • Water safety rules, lifesaving techniques and first aid;
  • Ability to
  • Make correct decisions and act quickly in emergencies;
  • Demonstrate swimming strokes and lifesaving techniques;
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions;
  • Prepare simple records and reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other personnel;
  • Apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.
  • Licenses/Certificates

    Must possess the following current certificates at time of appointment:
  • American Red Cross First Aide (either multi-media, standard, or advanced);
  • America Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) Certificates;
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate.
  • Experience

    One or more seasons of experience as a lifeguard or swim instructor is desirable.

    Education

    No specific minimum required.