County of Los Angeles Los Angeles County
Chief Executive Office

Class Specification: POOL LIFEGUARD


APPROVAL DATE: 02/06/2013

Observes an assigned section of a swimming pool to preserve order, prevent accidents, and effect rescues.

Positions allocable to this class work under the administrative and technical supervision of a pool manager and the technical direction of a senior pool lifeguard. Incumbents provide continuous surveillance of an assigned section of a swimming pool and adjacent deck area to enforce pool ordinances and regulations and to detect patrons who are, or may be in need of rescue. Incumbents also teach beginner and advanced swim classes. Incumbents must exercise a knowledge of first aid, swimming and life saving techniques, and pool ordinances and regulations in order to provide for the safe use of a swimming pool. Incumbents must have the physical strength, stamina and swimming skills to effect rescues in a swimming-pool setting.

Conducts continuous surveillance of assigned pool area for signs of swimmers in trouble and for violations of pool and safety regulations and performs water rescue of pool patrons as needed.

Administers first aid to victims of near-drownings, heart seizure, heat exhaustion, broken bones or lacerations; releases seriously injured victims to senior lifeguard or pool manager.

Elicits compliance with and enforces pool ordinances and rules; refers persistent violators to the senior lifeguard or pool manager.

Teaches beginner and advanced swim classes using standard departmental lesson plans and demonstrations; may coach individual or team aquatic sports and assist with aquatic special events.

Performs pool maintenance tasks such as backwashing the water filter, testing the water chlorine and pH levels and adding chlorine and muriatic acid to bring the level up to standards; fills pool with water to established level; cleans the deck, vacuums the pool and ensures that first aid equipment complies with health and safety standards.

Maintains, repairs and takes inventory of first aid and lifesaving equipment.

Engages in the physical fitness program established by the department in order to maintain capability to perform pool lifesaving duties.

May prepare and submit written reports of pool-related incidents to immediate supervisor.


No experience is required.

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.


4 - Arduous.


Candidates must have the ability to swim 500 yards.  Certification resulting from the successful completion of the Department of Parks and Recreation's Lifeguard Training Program consisting of First Aid to The Emergency Medical Response Level, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) for the Professional Lifeguard, Resuscitation-Oxygen Administration, American Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate and Lifeguard Training for the Professional Rescuer will be required before appointment to the position.   


At least 20/30 in each eye with correction, and at least 20/200 with both eyes open without correction.