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Job Title – Lifesaver


A Lifesaver is a rescuer who supervises the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers, and other water sports participants such as in a swimming pool, water park, or beach. Lifesavers are strong swimmers and trained in CPR/AED first aid, certified in water rescue using a variety of aids and equipment depending on requirements of their venue. In some areas, lifesaver is part of the emergency services system to incidents and in some communities,

Typical Job Activities

Enforces rules to anticipate problems/injuries
Maintains concentrated observation of the duty area and its users to anticipate problems (this will enable the lifeguard to intervene with one of the drowning prevention measures) and to identify an emergency quickly
Supervises the use of other equipment when allocated to that duty (such as water slides or any other activities taking place)
Carries out rescues and initiate another emergency action as necessary
Gives immediate first aid in the event of injury to a bather or other incident
Communicates with bathers and other users to help fulfil the above tasks
Helps clean areas around pool or beach to ensure the safety and experience for patrons

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Related Occupations 

Professional lifeguard
Security officer

Ambulance officer
Emergency care worker

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate

Compulsory subjects: None
Recommended subjects: Biology

Entry to the Work Place

IN-SERVICE TRAINING: In-service training is usually offered by the municipality or resort at which the swimming pool attendant is employed. A swimming pool superintendent also needs to be in possession of a valid bronze medal in Lifesaving and a valid First Aid Certificate; or this must be acquired within 6 months of appointment to the position.

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have physical fitness, strength and stamina
Have quick reflexes, strong eyesight and flexibility
Able to be dedication to safety
Have good communication skills
Be able to follow instructions well
Have a willingness to put themselves in dangerous situations
Have organisational and supervisory skills
Be able to relate well to the public
Be able to act as a lifesaver

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Possible Employers

Private holiday resorts
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Relevant Contact Details

Lifesaving South Africa

Lindon Lifesaving Club

SLSA South Africa Beach Lifeguard: Surf Coach International

Llandudno Surf Lifesaving Club

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Not very stable

Reasons to consider this career

I want to be physically active
I want to work outdoors
I can apply my special skills