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Position Number: 14-05 Closing Date: Continuous
POSITION: LIFEGUARD – Kinesiology, Dance & Athletics Department
STARTING DATE: Rio Hondo Community College is currently seeking applicants for temporary hourly lifeguard positions on an as needed basis.
POSITION INFORMATION: Rio Hondo College is currently seeking lifeguards to be on duty during scheduled aquatics courses. Lifeguards must be very dependable with their schedules and follow all department procedures at all times. Lifeguards are hired under the supervision of the Dean of Kinesiology, Dance and Athletics.
The lifeguard should be neatly groomed. Long hair must be affixed so as not to obscure vision or interfere with breathing while swimming. Unnecessary jewelry, such as pins and bracelets should not be worn. The lifeguard should never use radio, ipod, personal cell phone or read while on duty. The full attention of the lifeguard’s eyes and ears must be directed toward protecting the swimmers. The lifeguard’s appearance, poise, and grooming have a direct bearing on the swimmer’s confidence and on their respect for the lifeguard.
The lifeguard should be readily identifiable. While on duty wear your lifeguard shirt at all times. Swimmers in need of assistance can usually call for help or struggle to get attention but the swimmers who are in the biggest trouble are unable to do this. If the lifeguard does not spot these swimmers then someone else must be able to easily tell the lifeguard when they see others in trouble.
The lifeguard must set a good example and not indulge in any activity that is prohibited for the swimmers or is unsafe. The lifeguard should:
1. Report for duty on time, properly attired and groomed.
2. Maintain an alert attitude and posture at all times.
3. Refrain from unnecessary talk or visiting with the swimmers. If talk is necessary, the lifeguard must continue to keep the assigned area under observation.
4. Avoid engaging in any activity that will detract from watching the swimmers.
5. Enforce all rules, and prohibit unsafe activities.
6. Be courteous, tactful and poised.
7. Demonstrate only when requested by the instructor and when the whole class is watching you rather than just a group, leaving the other swimmers unguarded.
8. Be aware that you can be liable for your actions as well as omission of actions.
Pool Rules and Lifeguard Responsibilities
The most important responsibilities of the lifeguard is to prevent accidents both in the water and on the immediate deck and the rescue and emergency care of an accident victim. No other duty or responsibility can be allowed to interfere with these two functions. If an accident occurs report it immediately.
The lifeguard must be on deck before students get in the water and all students should be out of the water before the lifeguard leaves the deck.
The lifeguard should always be prepared to demonstrate to the class elementary forms of rescue, survival floating, and cramp release.
Lifeguards should be aware of where their equipment is at the beginning of each shift.
QUALIFICATIONS: Current Lifeguard Certificate from an accredited source (ie. American Red Cross) and Current C.P.R. and First Aid certification.
METHOD OF APPLICATION: Anyone interested in this position must obtain a Rio Hondo College District application and a Supplemental Questionnaire from the Human Resources website www.riohondo.edu/hr or contact the Office of Human Resources at (562) 908-3405 to have a packet mailed. The completed application forms must be returned, with a resumé, by 4:30 on the closing date listed above. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications may be required to take a test and will be notified of the date and time. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires the District obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and authorizes his/her right to work in the United States. As a condition of employment, the selected applicant must provide a set of fingerprints (at the applicant’s expense) taken by an official Live Scan agency. For positions requiring a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurability is required. Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for position), or the interview, due to a disability, please notify the Human Resources Office.
A copy of this announcement will be provided in Braille to visually impaired applicants upon request.