That a child, age four and under, is 14 times more likely to die in a “non-guarded swimming pool” than they are to be involved in a motor vehicle death. That’s right… 14 TIMES MORE LIKELY! With that startling and alarming statistical fact, isn’t about time that you have certified lifeguards and/or first responders at your pool facility? Pool lifeguards not only help prevent incidents and accidental deaths they also establish order and structure that is needed at all commercial pool facilities.
Selecting the right pool lifeguard and lifeguard company to manage your aquatic facility can be a tricky task. There all kinds of lifeguards out there. Ones you don’t want…and the PMI ones you do. A Pool lifeguard will normally need to be:
o Physically fit
o Have good vision and hearing
o Be mentally alert and self-disciplined
o Be a strong, able and confident swimmer
o Be a leader
o Have a positive and winning attitude
o Be trained and have successfully completed a course of training in the techniques and practices of rescue, first aid and cpr in accordance with a syllabus approved by a national recognized training organization
o Thoroughly understand and enforce all rules, policies and procedures; educate patrons about facility rules and regulations
o Complete accident reports, incident reports and any other reports as needed
o Identify hazards and immediate risks that might compromise the safety of patrons
o Provide “lite” cleaning/maintenance of the pool facility
o Communicate clearly about issues or concerns
o Participate in training’s and skill assessments; remain current on safety practices and procedures by attending meetings, training and safety programs
o Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
These are just a few important points that makes PMI’s pool lifeguard points that are winning aquatic facilities business across the country.
The lifeguard salary or average wage for a lifeguarding position is $8.90 per hour. Most lifeguards move on to other positions after 3-5 years with this position. Pay for lifeguarding jobs does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Below is a third party lifeguard salary pay scale to show how much on average lifeguards get paid in the United States.
o Notify the pool, spa, and sauna maintenance operator to ensure regulations are maintained.
o Respond to emergency situations in the water or surrounding areas.
o Administer first aid and contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.
o Maintain a safe swimming environment and enforce all policies, procedures and regulations.