Pool Lifeguard – Coronado, CA

The Pool Lifeguard observes and supervises the activities of patrons in the pool and surrounding area; protects life, prevent accidents and enforce pool regulations; rescues swimmers in emergency situations; and assists in the maintenance of facilities and equipment.

This is a part-time, temporary (not to exceed 1,000 hours in a fiscal year) position that does not include benefits.

Key Responsibilities


The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these tasks and/or may perform similar related tasks not listed here:

1. Observe and supervise activities of swimmers in the pool and the surrounding area; enforce applicable pool rules and regulations.

2. Rescue persons in distress or in danger of drowning; provide emergency care as necessary including but not limited to first aid and CPR.

3. Participate in facilities clean-up and maintenance; test and monitor water chemistry and temperature; inspect pool facilities and report any unsafe conditions.

4. Respond to questions and inquiries from the public regarding pool regulations, use of facilities and various aquatic programs offered.

5. Maintain records, reports and logs.

6. Open and close pool and related facilities.

7. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


1. Assist in preparing for special events and competitions.

2. May assist in providing swimming instruction.

3. Participate in in-service trainings.

Minimum Requirements

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: One year of lifeguarding or swim team experience is desirable.

Education/Training: Formal or informal education or training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance, supplemented by specialized training in lifeguarding, water safety or a related field.

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Possession of an appropriate, valid American Red Cross CPR. for the Professional Rescuer certificate.
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid American Red Cross First Aid for Public Safety Personnel Title 22 certificate.
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid American Red Cross Lifeguard Training r.03 certificate.
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid American Red Cross Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certificate.

Knowledge of
Principles and practices of swimming, lifeguarding and water safety.
Methods and techniques of first aid, CPR and AED.
Basic operations, services and activities of a public swimming facility including water chemistry and maintenance functions.
Principles and practices of public relations.
Appropriate safety precautions and procedures within the area of assignment.
Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations.

Ability to:
Perform the full array of lifeguarding duties including water rescues.
Enforce applicable rules and regulations of the City pool.
Swim with endurance and proficiency at a level necessary to perform assigned duties.
Respond to emergency situations and administer first aid, CPR and AED as necessary.
Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Supplemental Information

The physical demands herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential job functions.

Productivity: Incumbents must perform work in an efficient, effective and timely manner with minimal direction.

Mobility: Incumbents are required to perform emergency lifesaving functions and water rescues which include swimming; administering first aid, CPR and AED; lifting, carrying or other physical labor related to the maintenance of pool facilities.

Vision: Vision sufficient to distinguish objects at a distance of no less than 100 yards and operate assigned equipment.

Environment: Incumbents are required to work at an outdoor public pool and are exposed to inclement weather conditions or potentially hazardous chemicals; work in water.

Other Factors: Incumbents may be required to work extended hours including late evenings, early mornings and weekends. Incumbents may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

A completed City of Coronado employment application, supplemental questionnaire, licenses and certifications must be received in the Human Resources Division on-line at www.coronado.ca.us (under the Quick Link to Employment). Applicants who meet the employment standards listed in this job announcement will be required to take an in-water swim and skills test, as well as perform CPR on a mannequin. An oral interview will be conducted at time of skills test. Tryouts will be held on an as-needed basis. All appointments are subject to successful completion of a background check, pre-employment physical examination including a drug screening, and a tuberculosis test. All new employees are required to submit verification of legal right to work in the United States.

The City of Coronado is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any portion of the application, interview, and/or testing process may voluntarily request the accommodation from the City five working days prior to the requested accommodation. Documentation of the need for accommodation may be required upon receipt of the request.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

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