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
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.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from the assigned supervisory
Exercise functional and technical supervision over pool
Minimum Qualifications & The Ideal Candidate
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Provide safe and enjoyable program activities to participants;
communicate progress and assessments to participants and/or
- Review swimming techniques of pool lifeguards; provide
additional training, as necessary; ensure adherence to proper
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
All applicants must complete the Required Supplemental
Questionnaire form, which will be sent to them if invited to the
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
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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
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.