Lifeguard Philosophy

Lifeguard Philosophy – It’s a Way of Being

Your actions can save a life. Lifeguards are needed because of what they are capable of doing in an emergency. Being prepared and acting quickly can save someone’s life.

Responsibilities

Your responsibility as a lifeguard is to protect the lives of others as well as your own. You can do this in several ways:

  • Prevent injuries by minimizing or eliminating hazardous situations or behaviors
  • Enforce facility rules and regulations, and, as needed, educate patrons about them
  • Recognize and respond effectively to all emergencies. This may mean using CPR, first aid, oxygen, or an Automated External Defibrillator (if needed and only if trained)
  • Work with other lifeguards or staff when you need more help or equipment

 

Along with the professional responsibilities, there are also personal responsibilities

Keeping yourself in top condition includes:

  • Staying healthy and fit. Emergencies often call for sudden bursts of strenuous activity. Being fit helps you stay alert and gives you the energy needed to respond effectively. Exercise, eat properly, and stay well hydrated.
  • Using sun protection. Overexposure to the sun can cause sunburn, skin cancer, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Preventing these conditions means using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and wearing clothing, like a shirt and hat, to protect your head, face and ears. Sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection for your eyes reduce glare from both the sun and water, allowing you to better survey the facility with ease.
  • Avoiding alcohol and drugs As with any job, drugs and alcohol keep you from performing at your best. And when you have another person’s life in your hands, you must be able to think clearly and act quickly. Using alcohol or drugs on- or off-duty can negatively affect your job performance and jeopardize the safety of others.
  • Appearing professional. Being a responsible lifeguard includes being well groomed and wearing your uniform only when on duty. Rescue equipment should be kept with you and positioned for a quick response at all times. Keep interactions with others short, and do not let them interrupt your primary responsibilities. And stay focused on your area of surveillance at all times.

 

Along with the responsibilities of being a Lifeguard come many benefits
  • Develop leadership, public relations, conflict resolution, and teamwork skills
  • Gain discipline and decision-making skills that help prepare you for your future

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