The Lifeguard has a legal duty to protect the safety of people in an assigned area. The Lifeguard has a professional obligation to prevent potential accidents by enforcing the rules and regulations of an aquatic setting and to react to any emergencies that occur.


  • Must be able to read, and interpret printed material and illustrations.
  • Must have good eye-hand coordination.
  • Must be able to:
  • Anticipate how and where incidents will occur
  • Recognize incidents utilizing the “10/20 Protection Rule”
  • Effectively manage the incidents with skills that must be maintained at a “test-ready” competency, including,
    • NPWLTP technical skills
    • ECSI Professional Rescuer CPR
    • ECSI AED
    • ECSI First Aid
    • ECSI Oxygen Administration
  • Think critically about the complications that might be present in real situations
  • Act in a professional manner
  • Protect your safety and well-being
  • Understand how to prevent exposure to disease transmission
  • Abide by the contents and obligations as set forth in the NPWLTP Lifeguard License Agreement.
  • Able to lift and drag up to 150 pounds unassisted.
  • Able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time, including in elevated chairs.
  • Able to visually inspect conditions of pools and swimmers with 20/20 vision in both eyes (with or without corrective lenses).
  • Able to hear noises and sounds of distress even outside one’s vision.
  • Able to communicate verbally including projecting the voice across large distances.
  • Ability to follow and accomplish technical and complex instructions & procedures.



  • The Lifeguard is responsible for maintaining an environment that is both safe and pleasant for pool patrons by maintaining a 10/20 send protection standard.
  • The Lifeguard is responsible for attending weekly in-service training sessions as well as any others deemed necessary by the Aquatics Department.
  • The Lifeguard must maintain their test readiness at all times while employed. (Test ready – required to pass the ECSI and NPWLTP course skills examination at any times.)
  • The Lifeguard is required to assist in maintaining a high level of customer service (Aloha Spirit).
  • The Lifeguard performs other tasks and/or related duties as assigned or required by management and supervisors when necessary.
  • The Lifeguard is to wear approved uniform and any necessary job-related safety equipment during assigned shift or anytime while on duty.
  • The Lifeguard may be subject to both pre-employment and random drug/alcohol screening during tenure of employment.



  • Ability to properly and safely operate equipment used.
  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Knowledge of the standards of care in aquatic industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with public, guests and staff members.
  • Must be firm, fair, consistent and courteous in order to gain the respect and cooperation of the public.
  • Must have a positive attitude in order to fully cooperate with other guards in a team effort, and adhere to rules and regulations to ensure successful operation of a facility.
  • Must have the physical and mental conditions necessary to be able to properly and timely activate and complete the EAP system in the case of an emergency.
  • Must possess good oral communication skills.
  • Must be skilled in the use and care of supplied equipment.
  • Independent judgment concerning work methods and procedures is required.



  •  The Lifeguard must possess a Special Facilities/Shallow water Lifeguard license from the National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program.



  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to bend, squat, kneel, reach, stretch, and climb without any difficulty.
  • Ability to effectively work at different heights.
  • Able to swim 200 yards continuously using breaststroke and/or front crawl.
  • Able to retrieve a ten-pound diving brick from the deepest part of the pool and bring it to the wall.
  • Able to tread water without using hands or arms for a period of two-minutes.
  • Works in tiring or uncomfortable positions for long periods of time.
  • Able to exit lifeguard stand in an emergency.
  • Able to exit any/all of the pools without the use of a ladder or any additional assistance. 



  • Able to work in team environment as a team member and as team leader.
  • Must work in environmental conditions that include, but not limited to:
    • Wet and humid environments.
    • Indoor environmental conditions with up to 90% humidity and temperatures ranging from 70F to 120 F.
    • Exposure to chemicals, fumes, dirt, caustic chemicals, acids, odors, waste, and dust
    • Uniformed position – with bathing suit required.

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