How to write a Lifeguard job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Lifeguard job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Lifeguard job titles

    Head Lifeguard
    Lifeguard (Swim Instructor)
    Lifeguard (Part-Time)
    Certified Lifeguard

Lifeguard job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Lifeguard job summary

Our homeowner’s association needs to hire a Lifeguard for the coming pool season. We open the pool the first weekend in May and close it by the first weekend in September. We’re looking for a Lifeguard with prior pool experience and the ability to work flexible shifts throughout the summer, though we’re willing to make exceptions for school-related obligations. The ideal candidate will have excellent skills in the water and reliable transportation. Successful applicants will also be considered for swim team coaching and swim lesson positions that provide extra pay and extended hours. Prior experience is a major plus.

Lifeguard responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Lifeguard responsibilities

    Open the pool each day and close it down each evening, depending on schedule and hours
    Treat the pool with appropriate concentration of chemicals on a regular schedule
    Monitor pool-related activities closely throughout shift and identify any safety issues
    Direct swimmers out of the pool in hazardous conditions
    Monitor weather reports closely to ensure safety of guests
    Organize and oversee pool parties
    Provide swimming lessons and swim team coaching when available
    Maintain a clean environment in and around the pool
    Provide assistance to patrons when appropriate or necessary

Lifeguard qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Lifeguard skills

    Current and valid ARC certification
    First Aid and CPR certifications
    Ability to pass pre-employment practical skills test in the water
    Experience teaching swim lessons or coaching swim team highly desirable
    2+ years’ lifeguard experience preferred
    Flexible schedule required

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