The Role of The Lifeguard


  1. The primary role of the Lifeguard is to maintain observation of the pool bottom; all water areas and the pool surrounds, NEVER turn your back to the water.
  2. The Lifeguard must NEVER leave the pool unsupervised. There must be a Lifeguard on poolside at all times.
  3. Lifeguards should never turn their backs on the water.
  4. No diving from the poolsides, deep end only.
  5. All Lifeguards must carry a whistle, and wear a lifeguard uniform at all times.
  6. To communicate with the whistle:
    1. One short blast = draws the bathers attention
    2. Two short blasts = draws the attention of another Lifeguard
    3. Three short blasts = means the Lifeguard is taking emergency action
    4. One long blast = clears the pool.
  7. The pool bottom can only be fully watched from a standing position.
  8. Correct positioning of the Lifeguard is a necessity so that the entire pool bottom is visible.
  9. Benches and chairs must not be used.
  10. The deep end on the outside of the pool is not visible from all points, so the Lifeguard must periodically be mobile.
  11. The Lifeguard should keep on the move wherever possible creating changing viewpoints.
  12. Lifeguards must be seen to be alert and should not slouch in chairs, lean against walls and talk unnecessarily.
  13. Any behaviour that is likely to cause a nuisance or is dangerous to other people should be stopped immediately.
  14. Lifeguards must politely but firmly prevent and stop unruly and dangerous behaviour that may lead to accidents.
  15. At no time will spectators be permitted on the poolside without appropriate footwear.

Rescue Aids:

  1. Situated around the pool are two large poles, two buoyancy aids, two throw bags and two torpedo buoys.

Pool Alarm:

  1. There are two code blue alarms; one at the shallow end and one deep end, the alarm is a high-pitched siren, which sounds in reception, if you need expert help, use the alarm!

Fire Alarm:

  1. The Fire Alarm is a continuous bell, which can be activated by “Break Glass” call points or automatically by smoke detectors.
  2. Emergency lighting is always operational and will come on automatically
  3. The pool should be cleared and bathers asked to stand away from the edge of the pool, until further information concerning the situation is available.
  4. It is vitally important that all Lifeguards are aware of their role on hearing the fire alarm. The fire service is automatically notified of a fire alarm.
  5. If you discover a fire, however small, first sound the fire alarm by hitting the nearest call point.
  6. Lifeguards must ensure that the pool and changing rooms are checked thoroughly, without taking personal risks.

First Aid:

  1. There is a First Aid Kit situated on poolside
  2. At least one qualified First Aider will be on site during opening hours.
  3. All First Aid administered must be recorded on an accident form by a qualified person and signed by the Duty Manager.
  4. Any head injuries are to be treated as serious.
  5. If substantial amounts of blood or vomit are spilled into the pool, it shall be temporary cleared of people to allow the pollution to disperse.

-- MikeMcLaren - 2010-10-31

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Topic revision: r2 - 2010-10-31 - 10:30:25 - FranckMesirard

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