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.
A lifeguard is responsible for assisting in swimmers’ safety and well being in swimming environments such as public pools and beaches. Lifeguards hold a physical job that requires the ability to swim and perform rescues for individuals in distress. Proper knowledge of AED, CPR and similar life-saving techniques is needed; proper first aid skills are mandatory, as is lifeguard certification. The lifeguard’s environment is predominantly outdoors with the exception of indoor swimming pools. Coworkers are typically fellow lifeguards; aside from coworkers, lifeguards participate in substantial social interaction with beach- and pool goers. Their hours vary depending on their facility’s hours of operation and available shifts.
A lifeguard must ensure that all beach-or pool goers are abiding by the rules. Lifeguards must also be knowledgeable about – and able to share – information on current water conditions. They must be responsive to any emergencies that may arise, such as someone in need of first aid or a potential drowning victim. Additionally, they look out for unsafe conditions in the water, such as the presence of dangerous objects.
A lifeguard must renew their certification each time it expires. They are also expected to remain in sufficient physical shape to perform their duties. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact well with pool- and beach goers are needed as well. Lifeguard salary is mostly based on what the job can pay and very little to do with experience.