Head Lifeguard (Current Employee), Ottawa, ON – October 16, 2014
Pros: working outside is an option, leadership skills development, good staff
Cons: uncooperative weather is difficult, some long hours
I've worked with H2O for some time now, and I've really enjoyed it right from the start.
I was hired as a Head Lifeguard for one of their outdoor pools. I will fill out this review for that position.
The location of my facility was excellent. Working outside for the summer was a good choice, it led to learning how to work around weather conditions, – more... as well as giving me the chance to enjoy some sunlight.
In a typical day as a Head Lifeguard, I: - Developed task lists - Organized lifeguard rotations - Maintained the pool filtration system - Monitored the pool chemical levels - Greeted clients and enforced Pool Access Control rules - Ran some group games for the children at the facility - Practiced basic lifeguarding skills with the other guards - Cleaned and maintained the facility
I learned a lot about how to be an effective leader, more than anything else. I also learned (through trial and error with task delegation) that people work better together when they enjoy what they're doing.
The management team functions in a very effective and unique manner. The Supervisors are in charge of multiple sites, which is excellent for gaining leadership and communication skills as a Head Guard or Lifeguard.
I've always been lucky to have good co-workers at H2O. We occasionally butted heads, but generally had no issues sorting out whatever had caused the debate.
The hardest part of this job, for me, was the work-life balance. I took on lots of extra work and shifts, which tilted the balance quite far in one direction. Another difficult part was finding enough work to keep ourselves entertained when it poured rain and the facility was closed for thunder or lightning.
The best part of the job was being able to work outside, with good people, while developing strong leadership skills that will prove extremely useful in the future. – less
Lifeguard supervisor/ Head Lifeguard (Former Employee), Ottawa, On – May 6, 2014
Pros: two piece swimsuit
Cons: everything else
they pay 25cents more than minimum wage!!! They never pay overtime and want people to work long hours. There is very little training offered. They hire people without even a proper skills test, everything is done orally. Management does not care about employees and does not back them up. You have to pay for your own swim suit and re-certs. The sites – more... that are available to lifeguard are often one guard sites, and many do not even have a bathroom to use. It is by far the worst company to work for. – less
Socorrista en piscinas e instalaciones acuáticas (Former Employee), Alcorcón, MD – June 20, 2014
Muchas horas de trabajo frente a la piscina que finalmente hacía que tuviera buena relación con la comunidad de vecinos. La parte más difícil: aguantar el sol y calor sobre todo en las horas de mediodía, ya que esta piscina no cerraba a esas horas.
Técnico de tratamiento del agua en H2o (Former Employee), Valencia, VC – November 7, 2013
Una empresa que no se preocupa por sus empleados. Los utiliza brevemente intentando sacarles el mayor partido y luego los sustituyen por uno nuevo, impidiendo asi la promoción de la empresa y del trabajador