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curlstp.gif (1211 bytes)General Responsibilities and Duties of Lifeguards


The lifeguards will not be permitted to have music at their stations. Music will be played in the office area at a normal tone.

Lifeguard Alertness:

Lifeguards will be expected to remain alert and watchful during their shift. Please refrain from lengthy conversations with pool patrons. Save this for break time.


The Manager or Assistant Manager should be at the pool every day.

Chain of Command:

If a lifeguard has a problem, they are encouraged to speak with the manager or assistant manager about it first. Then they will bring it up to the park board if necessary.


Lifeguards will keep the pool and dressing rooms maintained and clean according to the duties here.

Lifeguards are permitted to swim during their office time as long as one guard stays in the office. It is appropriate to ask the other lifeguard you’re guarding with before doing so.

The lifeguard should enforce all pool rules and use the discipline technique mentioned here.

The lifeguard has the right to test the ability of a swimmer if he/she feels the swimmer is not capable of swimming in an area in which the depth of the water exceeds the capabilities of the swimmer.

The lifeguard has the right to refuse admittance to any patron having an obvious communicable disease, skin eruption, cut, sore or lesion, eye, ear, nose, or throat infection: Or any other reasons where admittance may be detrimental to the well-being of the individual.

Lifeguards are city employees. Therefore, if a patron is misbehaving or damaging property in the city park area outside the pool the lifeguard has the right to give warnings to the patron and follow up with discipline that is appropriate if the warning is not heeded.