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What is the primary responsibility of a lifeguard?

What is the primary responsibility of a lifeguard?

What is the primary responsibility of a lifeguard? Monitoring activities in and near the water through patron surveillance. Preventing injuries by minimizing or eliminating hazardous situations or behaviors. Enforcing facility rules and regulations and educating patrons about them.

How many laps do you have to swim to be a lifeguard?


Can you wear goggles during lifeguard training?

You will not be allowed to wear goggles for any skills training or final testing during the lifeguard course. The Red Cross warns: Goggles “are not made for underwater swimming. (Also, a lifeguard would not have the time to put on goggles just before they do a rescue, and would not wear them all the time to guard.)

What do you learn in lifeguard training?

California – CA – Lifeguard Training

  • 1) Minimum age: 15 years.
  • 2) Swim 300 yards continuously using the breast or front crawl.
  • 3) Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • 4) Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

What equipment does a lifeguard need?


  • CPR Masks.
  • Dive Bricks.
  • First Aid.
  • Megaphones.
  • Rescue Boards.
  • Rescue Tubes.
  • Ring Buoys.
  • Spinal Equipment.

What does lifeguard mean?

: a usually expert swimmer employed (as at a beach or a pool) to safeguard other swimmers.

How do you become an ocean lifeguard?

Requirements to become an ocean lifeguard vary from department to department, but most must:

  1. Be 18 years old by the first day of academy.
  2. Have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Have a valid driver’s license.
  4. Have vision correctable to 20/40.
  5. Have functional color vision.
  6. Have normal hearing.

Why do lifeguards wear red?

In my city, lifeguard uniforms consist of a yellow shirt and blue shorts. So it seems as though the color is not particularly important, so long as the uniform is distinctive. Perhaps red is common because lifeguard perform first aid, and red and white are the colors typically used to symbolize that.

Are lifeguards police?

California State Park Peace Officers (S.P.P.O.) are fully sworn California State Police Officers, with two sub-classifications, the Ranger and the Lifeguard.

Why do lifeguards bob their heads?

To be more clear about the scanning, the lifeguards must make it evident that they are looking at the area. The reason for the head “bob” is that you cannot see with just your peripheral vision and must directly move the eye to see blind spots — the biggest one is always directly at the guards’ feet.