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Pool Lifeguard (Seasonal) (0994)

Pool Lifeguard (Seasonal)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BS49
  • Class Code: 0994
  • Established: 05/19/1971
  • Revised: 04/05/1983
  • Title Changed: --


Under supervision, to watch over swimmers, bathers and visitors in and around a swimming pool area; to prevent accidents and loss of life; to maintain order; to administer first aid; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Watches for unsafe practices and persons in distress; takes part in first aid, lifesaving, and swimming drills; performs simple maintenance and cleanup on lifeguard and pool facilities; administers first aid; maintains order and controls undesirable activities such as running, horseplay, and unauthorized food in pool areas; tests pool water and adds chemicals as needed; opens and closes pool; collects fees and controls admittance; makes out reports on rescues, first aid treatment, and attendance; orders pool supplies; answers questions and assists the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid Red Cross standard first aid certificate either a valid Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certificate; and either a Red Cross or YMCA senior lifesaving certificate. (Applicants who do not possess these certificates will be admitted to the examination but they must produce evidence of the certificates before they can be considered for an appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Lifesaving techniques; resuscitation methods; first aid practices; basic principles of swimming pool sanitation, operation and maintenance.


Skill in: Swimming and pool rescue techniques.


Ability to: Swim at a level sufficient for performing lifesaving activities; read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; apply artificial respiration and other resuscitating methods; analyze situations accurately and think and act quickly in emergencies; follow oral and written directions.


Pool Lifeguard (Seasonal) 2-

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to work at odd and irregular hours; visual acuity of at least 20/70 in each eye uncorrected and corrected to 20/30 in each eye.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade and experience as a lifeguard.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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