Which poolside job is best for you?
What job is the best fit for you this summer? If you want to be outside enjoying the warm summer sun… lifeguarding is an obvious option! But there are several other poolside jobs out there, like gate guard, pool attendant, pool manager, and many more!
Perhaps you’re a lifeguard already and looking to take the next step this summer, or maybe you haven’t gotten your lifeguard certification yet, there are jobs available for you. To learn about all of your options, read below to see which is the best fit or next stepping stone for you.
As a Lifeguard, your primary responsibility is to maintain a safe swimming environment by enforcing all rules and regulations of the pool and surrounding area. Lifeguards are also responsible for inspecting the facility on a daily basis and reporting any unsafe conditions or faulty equipment to their office. Chemical maintenance and record-keeping may also be required by the lifeguard on duty. You must have or obtain current Lifeguard, First Aid, AED, and CPR certifications.
As Head Lifeguard, you will continue to be responsible for the everyday lifeguard duties while overseeing 3-5 guards, conducting staff evaluations, and creating schedules. Head Lifeguards report directly to the Supervisor or Regional Manager of the pool as well as to the Staffing Department. To become a Head Lifeguard, you must have up to date certifications and a minimum of two years of lifeguard experience.
Front Desk Attendant
Front Desk Attendants are outgoing and personable individuals responsible for greeting the patrons of the pool. As a Front Desk Attendant, you are responsible for handling entry fees, entering data in point of sales software (POS), tracking number of entrants into pool area, and assisting others to keep facilities clean. Bonus: being a front desk attendant doesn’t require expensive and extensive training or certifications.
As a Pool Attendant, your primary responsibility is the upkeep of the pool and surrounding area throughout the day. Often, a pool attendant works at pools that do not require a certified lifeguard to be on duty.
In addition to the upkeep of the pool and surrounding area, the pool attendant is also responsible for checking pool passes, cleaning the clubhouse, hosing down the deck, checking and maintaining chemicals, greeting guests, vacuuming the pool, signing in guests and removing trash. Depending on the location, some pool attendants may be required to have CPR certifications.
As an on-site Pool Manager, your primary responsibility is to maintain a safe swimming environment by enforcing all rules and regulations of the pool and surrounding area.
In addition to rule enforcement, a Pool Manager will be responsible for patron safety and facility upkeep, maintaining pool chemistry, overseeing 5-15 guards, staff evaluations, and creating schedules. A Pool Manager reports directly to the Supervisor or Regional Manager of the pool as well as to the Staffing Department. Pool managers must have a minimum of 2 years lifeguarding or relevant experience as well as current Lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications.
As a Gate Guard, your primary responsibility is to check all pool passes and have every patron sign in for the day. A gate guard is not a lifeguard and therefore no pool patrons may be in the pool area unless the lifeguard is present.
In addition to verifying that all patrons have a pool pass and sign in before entering the pool area, a gate guard helps enforce all rules and regulations of the pool and surrounding areas. You must also make sure the pool facility is clean and stocked with supplies necessary for operation. Bonus: costly certifications are not required.
With all of these options to choose from, you can’t go wrong spending your summer with American Pool. To apply to the position of interest in your area, stop by an upcoming open house or apply online today!