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Pool Lifeguard/Water Safety Instructor

Company: City of San Clemente
Location: San Clemente
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

NOTE: Incumbents in this position are expected to serve as Pool Lifeguards during the times they are not teaching lessons. They will be paid Pool Lifeguard rate for hours worked as lifeguards and Water Safety Instructor rate for hours worked as a Water Safety Instructor.

Pool Lifeguard: $14.64 - $16.14 DOQ

Water Safety Instructor: $14.64 - $16.95 DOQ


To instruct swim and water safety lessons and water exercise classes; supervise the use of swimming pools and facilities; to plan and prepare session plans; to look out for accidents and perform swim rescues and/or provide emergency medical treatment; and assist in the maintenance of facilities and equipment.


Receives general supervision from the assigned supervisory staff.

Exercise functional and technical supervision over pool lifeguards.

Minimum Qualifications & The Ideal Candidate


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • One year of responsible experience as a lifeguard.


  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized lifeguard training.
  • Aquatic exercise certification preferred.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a current Lifeguard Training Certificate issued by the American Red Cross.
  • Possession of a C.P.R. for the Professional Rescuer Certificate issued by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
  • Possession of Water Safety Instructor Certificate issued by the American Red Cross.
  • Possession of First Aid Certificate that meets State of California Title 22 requirements or incumbent must take the first class offered by the City of San Clemente.
  • Possession of Aquatic Exercise Certification preferred.


The ideal candidate will have knowledge of:

  • Lifeguard teaching techniques.
  • Swim and water exercise instruction.
  • Pool lifeguarding principles and practices.
  • Principles and practices of basic first aid.
  • Materials and equipment used to maintain the pool, including pumps, chlorinators and related equipment.
  • Basic principles of mathematics.
  • Record keeping methods and techniques.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to:

  • Teach lifeguarding techniques.
  • Teach swim lessons and water exercise classes.
  • Interpret and explain City policies and procedures.
  • Swim with endurance and proficiency at a level necessary to perform assigned duties.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.
  • Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.

Examples of Duties

  • Instruct classes; prepare lesson plans; ensure compliance with American Red Cross and Aquatic Exercise Association guidelines.
  • Provide safe and enjoyable program activities to participants; communicate progress and assessments to participants and/or parents.
  • Review swimming techniques of pool lifeguards; provide additional training, as necessary; ensure adherence to proper safety precautions.
  • Observe swimmers in the pool and the surrounding area; provide emergency response, as necessary; and remove hazards from pool area to maintain a safe environment.
  • Perform emergency rescues; perform first-aid measures, including mouth-to-mask resuscitation.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and repairs on facilities and equipment, including monitoring chemical balance in pools, assisting with the cleaning and repair of the pool and facilities, and related functions.
  • Compile daily, weekly and monthly attendance sheets; maintain records.
  • Maintain records on pool activities and operations; document information in log books.
  • Perform a variety of custodial functions around the pool area; vacuum pool, scrub tiles and hose down deck; maintain washrooms and showers.
  • Assists in conducting aquatics events, programs, and facility rentals; sets up and takes down tables, chairs, and equipment for classes, activities, events, and meetings.
  • Provide basic facility maintenance.
  • Provide customer service and general information to the public, in person and over the phone.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Supplemental Information


Environmental Conditions:

Pool environment.

Physical Conditions:

Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for swimming, running, walking, crouching or crawling; walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time.

Aquatic physical fitness: the ability to swim 300 yards, tread water for a minimum of five minutes, lift and/or move over 50 pounds and retrieve/lift heavy swimmers.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE: All applicants must submit a completed City of San Clemente application form and supplemental questionnaire in order to be considered. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email.

Applications must be submitted via the City's web site at All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral exams to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience.

Prior to employment, the prospective candidate must successfully complete a background review, medical examination, including drug screen, and be fingerprinted, all at City expense. If selected, written identification showing entitlement to legally work in the United States will be required.

In order to be considered for tryouts, applicants must be at least 16 years of age, complete an online Application. Those invited to the tryout will be provided with a Supplemental Questionnaire which must be turned in with a live signature at the time the candidate is scheduled to tryout. Copies of all current, required certifications must be attached to the Supplemental Questionnaire in order for applicants to participate in the tryouts.


All applicants must complete the Required Supplemental Questionnaire form, which will be sent to them if invited to the tryouts.

TESTING PROCEDURE: Tryouts for the position will be held periodically at the San Clemente Aquatics Center, at 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA, 92673. Qualified candidates will be notified if they are selected to participate in tryouts, and the date the tryouts will be held.During the tryouts, candidates must complete a variety of swimming and life-saving skill assessments, some of which must be done within a prescribed time period. The most successful candidates will be invited for an interview, typically on the same day, and will be evaluated on the basis of education, training, and work experience. If candidates are invited to tryout, they should bring warm clothes, a swim suit, a towel, and clothes for the oral interview. If candidates have their own CPR mask, they should bring that also. Please note that only Pool Lifeguard or Pool Lifeguard/Water Safety Instructor candidates will be permitted to attend the tryouts.

NOTE: Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the Supplemental Questionnaire prior to participating in any tryouts. The form must be brought to the tryouts. Anyone under the age of 18 that does not have the Questionnaire signed by a parent or guardian will not be allowed to participate in the tryouts.


Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or age.

In accordance with the ADA, candidates that require accommodation to perform the tasks of this position should contact Human Resources to inform them of the accommodation requested.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice.

Keywords: City of San Clemente, San Clemente , Pool Lifeguard/Water Safety Instructor, Other , San Clemente, California

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