Profession life guard

Life guards monitor and ensure safety in the aquatic facility by preventing and responding to any emergencies. They identify potential risks, advise individuals on proper behaviour and dangerous zones, conduct life-saving techniques such as first aid and supervise activities of the general public.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Social
  • Social / Enterprising
  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • First aid

    The emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person in the case of circulatory and/or respiratory failure, unconsciousness, wounds, bleeding, shock or poisoning.

  • Health, safety and hygiene legislation

    The set of health, safety and hygiene standards and items of legislation applicable in a specific sector.

  • Swimming pool safety guidelines

    The rules and guidelines related to swimming pool safety, such as rules related to child safety, running, diving, waterslides, electrical appliances, food and drinks, water hygiene, and inflatables.

  • Security threats

    Types of threats to public and private security such as unauthorised entry, aggressive behaviour, molestation, robbery, theft, assault, kidnapping, murder and public demonstration.

Skills

  • Swim

    Move through water by means of the limbs.

  • Control crowd

    Control a crowd or riot, ensuring people do not cross to areas they are not allowed to access, monitoring the crowd's behaviour and responding to suspicious and violent behaviour.

  • Practice vigilance

    Practice vigilance during patrol or other surveillance activities in order to ensure safety and security, to look out for suspicious behaviour or other alarming changes in patterns or activities, and to respond quickly to these changes.

  • Rescue bathers

    Help swimmers or water sport participants out of the water when they get into difficulties at a beach or a swimming pool.

  • Assist pool users

    Offer guidance to pool users within the facility and help them with any requirements such as towel provision or restroom direction.

  • Handle veterinary emergencies

    Handle unforeseen incidents concerning animals and circumstances which call for urgent action in an appropriate professional manner.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Tolerate stress

    Maintain a temperate mental state and effective performance under pressure or adverse circumstances.

  • Provide advice on safety

    Educate people on safety measures for a certain activity or location.

  • React calmly in stressful situations

    React quickly, calmly, and safely to unexpected situations; provide a solution that solves the problem or diminishes its impact.

  • Supervise pool activities

    Ensure pool bathers' activities comply with the bathing regulations: Inform bathers of pool regulations, perform rescue activities, supervise diving activities and waterslides, take action in case of harassment or trespassing, and deal with misconduct appropriately.

Optional knowledge and skills

promote equality in sport activities give swimming lessons assist emergency services swimming pool chemicals manage major incidents monitor infrastructure restrain individuals operate fire extinguishers maintain quality of pool water manage theft prevention maintain pool cleanliness manage emergency evacuation plans execute administration manage lost and found articles fire safety regulations contribute to the safeguarding of children handle conflicts liaise with security authorities deal with aggressive behaviour operate radio equipment