Lifeguard- On-Call

Phillips Exeter Academy
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 30, 2023

Responsible for the health, safety and welfare of those using the Academy's swimming pool. Major responsibility is to observe swimmers and enforce regulations in the guarding of life and the prevention of accidents at the Academy's swimming pool. Ensures the safety of patrons by preventing and responding to emergencies.

Key Accountabilities
  • Maintain constant surveillance of patrons in the facility; acts immediately and appropriately to secure safety of patrons in the event of emergency.
  • Provide emergency care and treatment as required until the arrival of emergency medical services.
  • Maintain proficiency in CPR, first aid and use of AED.
  • Present professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintain a high standard of customer service.
  • Prevent injuries by minimizing or eliminating hazardous situations or behaviors.
  • Identifies and reports equipment failures or replacement needs to direct supervisor.
  • Responsible for upkeep of equipment, including cleaning kick boards and pull buoys.
  • Test water for proper pH levels, as assigned.
  • Assist Aquatics Manager and swim team coaches with set up for Water Polo games and swim meets.
  • Enforce facility rules and regulations.
Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention.

Direct/Indirect Reports


Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, and staff. External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, visitors and local community neighbors.

Position Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED preferred.
  • Some college experience helpful.
  • Must possess skills in the application of lifeguarding surveillance and rescue techniques, as well as knowledge of CPR and emergency medical procedures.
  • The minimum qualification for the position is a Red Cross Advanced Lifesaving certificate and CPR certification, required every 2 years.
  • Must be able to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Experience in an academic institution preferred.
  • Experience working with adolescents in an educational setting preferred.
Skills & Knowledge
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.
  • Respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students by building trust and credibility.
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
  • Effectively communicate and clearly understand oral and written communications.
  • Ability to physically and mentally act quickly in emergencies.
  • Knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques and first aid.
  • Ability to recognize hazardous situations and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Ability to engage positively with students, employees, and guests.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including extended hours, weekends, and holidays.
  • Working knowledge of various sports equipment used in swimming pools.
  • A strict adherence to confidential policies is required.
  • Possess basic computer skills.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills as well as a strong customer focus.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.

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