What do I need to know to work as a lifeguard?

During the months between June and August, job offers for lifeguards reach the highest level of the year. While it is true that during the summer season it is necessary to monitor beaches, pools and tourist facilities, it is also important to be aware of the preventive labor measures associated with this profession.

In this opportunity we will provide you with the information you need for the development of lifeguard work, whether it is your first time in this field or you have been doing it for years.

Among the most common occupational hazards to which the lifeguard is exposed are: the effects of environmental conditions such as extreme temperatures , constant exposure to chlorine , machinery handling accidents, small cuts with filters , contact with chemicals , falls and overload by lifting or transporting equipment .

Importance of lifeguard work clothes

In order to be easily identified by swimmers and by your work colleagues, it is recommended that your aquatic lifeguard costume be of a striking color such as yellow fluorine, as it is a high visibility color .

The Individual Protection Team (EPI), which is essential for the lifeguard in their normal working day, must include:

  • Comfortable clothes and footwear.
  • A hat or cap
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun protection cream
  • Umbrella.
  • Disposable gloves and safety glasses.
  • CPR Mask

Most Common Risks Exposed by Lifeguards

  • Electrical risk when using the bottom cleaner and connecting the pumps of the sewage treatment plant.
  • Falls due to constant mobilization on slippery surfaces.
  • Insolation due to constant exposure to the sun.
  • Contagious care for the injured.
  • Risk of contact with dangerous chemicals due to lack of knowledge or improper handling.
  • Exposure to chlorine in the treatment plant room in a timely manner and for short periods of time.
  • Risk of cuts and scratches on hands when cleaning prefilters and use of clean funds.
  • Risk of fungal infection.
  • Exposure to chemical products during maintenance operations of the pool.

Preventive measures

  • Replace the cleaner consisting of electric transfer pump, hoses and guide system.
  • Use anti-slip pool shoes.
  • Go up and down the stairs of the surveillance chair holding both hands.
  • Go to the Health Unit to carry out preventive vaccination.
  • Have the correct handling and identification of chemical products.
  • When handling chemical products, wear long pants and closed shoes.
  • Maintain the physical form required by the work, so you can do it without putting yourself, your colleagues, or bathers at risk.
  • Participate in drills and practices in order to control the performance before a rescue.
  • Know in detail the conditions of the work environment, for example: measurements of surfaces, water conditions and temperature, currents, among others.
  • Know the preventive measures to avoid injuries in the case of overloads (when moving a victim, changing position and when lifting equipment).
  • Stay hydrated to combat the effects of sun exposure.