Ocean Lifeguard Captain (#MGCZ04)
$50,841.00 Yearly Min / $63,551.00 Yearly Mid / $76,261.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

This class manages the Lifeguard Program which includes recruiting, hiring, training and ensuring certification of lifeguards employed by Delaware State Parks.  An employee in this class builds an effective team of lifeguards at each beach location to ensure the safety of individuals in an open water environment. An employee in this class must be able to travel for recruitment during the off season and will coordinate with waterpark management to ensure adequate staffing, safety, and training of lifeguards at the waterpark.

Nature and Scope

Employees in this class report to an administrative supervisor and supervise, schedule and evaluate daily lifeguard operations at beaches across multiple locations in the State, and are responsible for related water safety programs.  A significant aspect of work is ensuring all state park lifeguards meet national certification standards including training, maintaining proper equipment and preparedness, and that  appropriate water safety standards are maintained.  Employees coordinate and lead in-classroom education year-round.  During the off-season, employees focus on recruitment efforts and planning to ensure continued success of the Lifeguard Program.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Supervises the work of seasonal lifeguards which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, evaluating, hiring, firing and discipline.
  • Ensures proper coverage of lifeguard services at all state park locations.
  • Reviews and evaluates program operations and recommends corrective action plans to ensure all safety and certification standards are met.
  • Leads recruitment of lifeguards including social media and marketing efforts, and organizing and managing try-outs and the Junior Lifeguard Program.
  • Coordinates, schedules, and conducts first aid, emergency medical responder training and open water rescue training.
  • Performs regular safety and maintenance inspections of facilities and equipment to reduce hazards and to provide maximum safety to patrons.
  • Manages and procures equipment, vehicles and supplies including stocking and reordering medical supplies for first aid stations.
  • Prepares detailed records and reports of lifesaving statistics and forms.
  • Represents Delaware State Parks at various recruitment events in the community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of program management.
  • Knowledge of state and park laws, rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of national certification requirements such as United States Lifesaving Association (USLA).
  • Knowledge of effective recruitment strategies including marketing and advertising techniques utilizing social media or other outreach.
  • Skill in coordinating and providing training on first aid, emergency medical responder and open water rescue.
  • Skill in first aid including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Skill in program evaluation.
  • Skill in developing corrective action plans to improve water safety and minimize risk.
  • Skill in ensuring proper staff coverage at multiple locations.
  • Skill in preparing and revising statistics and reports.
  • Ability to ensure lifeguards complete and maintain all required training in compliance with national certification.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to operate various lifesaving and water rescue equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to ensure compliance with law, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to help identify and coordination of seasonal residential housing.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Ocean Lifeguard Captain
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six months experience as an open water lifeguard.
  2. Six months experience in CPR/AED, first aid, and emergency medical responder training.
  3. Six months experience in presenting training or education courses which includes using a variety of training methods such as lecture, e-training, structured exercises, role play or group discussion as well as the use of training materials such as overheads, PowerPoint, handouts or videos.
  4. Six months experience in preparing and developing training or education courses which includes designing learning objectives, curricula and materials.
  5. Six months experience in program management such as making recommendations for continuation or changes to staffing, operations, programs, services, policies or procedures based on findings.
  6. Six months experience in using recruitment strategies such as marketing and advertising techniques, utilizing social media or other outreach tools.
  7. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, instructing, reviewing and evaluating the work of others.
  8. Possession of a Valid Drivers License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving.