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Lifeguard

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Lifeguard
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€16 - 22 
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Entrants: Minimum Wage
Experienced: 18 - 22
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Supervises and provides safety at swimming areas including beaches, swimming pools and lakes.


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Ciara Roosli
Activities Instructer  

Ciara is an Outdoors Activity Instructor with Freedom Surf School in Tramore, Co Waterford. She got a degree in Marketing and Languages in Waterford Institute of Technology, and then went travelling abroad for a while. She returned home to take up her current position and loves her job.

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The Work header image

The main job of a Lifeguard is to supervise popular swimming areas such as swimming pools and beaches and try to prevent drowning.  
 
Lifeguards advise people when and where to swim and make rescues when necessary.  
 
They are highly skilled and have the ability to:

  • prevent accidents

  • evaluate the patrol area and implement appropriate safety rules

  • protect the public

  • educate the public in water safety
 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Examine injured persons and administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment.

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Contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.

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Rescue distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.

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Instruct participants in skiing, swimming, or other recreational activities and provide safety precaution information.

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Patrol or monitor recreational areas such as trails, slopes, and swimming areas, on foot, in vehicles, or from towers.

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Complete and maintain records of weather and beach conditions, emergency medical treatments performed, and other relevant incident information.

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Maintain quality of pool water by testing chemical levels.

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Warn recreational participants of inclement weather, unsafe areas, or illegal conduct.

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Observe activities in assigned areas, using binoculars, to detect hazards, disturbances, or safety infractions.

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Inspect recreational equipment, such as rope tows, T-bars, J-bars, and chair lifts, for safety hazards and damage or wear.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

It is essential that Lifeguards have excellent powers of concentration, are observant and are constantly on the alert for potential danger. Good communication skills are helpful as you will be dealing with the public on a regular basis.  
 
The necessary prerequisites for candidates applying for lifeguarding positions are that they be physically fit, be seventeen years of age or over and hold the current (i.e. not more than two years old) Intermediate Rescue Award of the Irish Water Safety or the equivalent of other organisations.


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Organisation: Irish Water Safety
  Address: The Long Walk, Galway
  Tel: (091) 564400 / Lo-Call: 1890 420 202
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Lifeguards Ireland
  Address: PO Box 9, Donegal, Co. Donegal
  Tel: (087) 2442454
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Waterways Ireland
  Address: 2 Sligo Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 7JY
  Tel: +44 (0) 28 66 323 004
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