How old does my child have to be to work as a lifeguard?
They have to be at least 15 years old to start working as a lifeguard. We do hire 14 year olds that will be turning 15 over the Spring or Summer. They will be trained at 14 years old and as soon as they turn 15 they will be retested and put on the schedule to work.
Where will my child be working? They do not drive and need to work close to home.
By signing up early (November-January), your child will be able to choose any of the pools that we service to work at. If they were not recruited from one of the high schools we recruit from, assignments will be based on the closest public high school to their home. We cannot guarantee a close pool assignment if they wait until mid to late February or later. Ninety percent of our staff signs up between November and early February.
My child is not very big, how can they handle rescuing someone bigger than them?
Our lifeguard training program is excellent and the guards are trained how to handle all situations, for example, a 100 pound girl is trained to rescue a 300 pound male. We hold weekly in-services which are ongoing training sessions to keep their skills sharpened.
Can my child keep a cell phone with them while they are working? What if I need to reach my child?
The use of cell phones and electronics are prohibited while sitting in a lifeguard stand. The guards take a break every hour and are allowed to check their cell phones while in the pump room during break. If you need to reach your child, you can leave a voice mail and know that they will be in contact with you within the hour. Cell phones during break are to be used for family issues only, not for talking with friends. Even though they are on a break, they are still on duty at the pool.
If it is raining or thundering, can my child go home after the pool is cleared of people?
No, once everyone is out of the pool, they can leave the pool deck and go to a covered area but must stay at their pool until their shift is over unless told otherwise by their Area Manager.