City of Ventura

Head Lifeguard (#R24)

Unit: (R)
$14.50-$17.25 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 Monthly / $0.00-$0.00 Yearly


Under direct supervision of the Aquatics Coordinator, oversee and monitor the daily activities of the City aquatics staff and programs. This is a temporary support staff classification and paid on an hourly basis.


The Head Lifeguard is the advanced journey-level classification in the Lifeguard series and distinguished from the "II" level by the performance of oversight duties at the facility with minimal instruction or assistance.  Incumbents are expected to function independently when performing regularly assigned tasks and are expected to effectively problem solve situations within the parameters of designated job duties.  Incumbents must have experience as a lifeguard and also perform both lifeguarding and swim instruction duties.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assist the Aquatics Coordinator plan, prioritize, train, assign, supervise and review the work of aquatics staff.  Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the facility and its programs and staff.

Perform general pool and facility maintenance each day.  Open and close assigned facility. Assist with sanitary control measures performing occasional pool maintenance clean up, and pre-measured chemical treatment in the absence of aquatic maintenance personnel.

Maintain order and discipline.  Prevent unsafe practices and enforce department and pool rules and regulations.  Ensure that the facility and equipment are in safe condition.  Correct hazards whenever possible.  Report any hazards not immediately rectifiable.

Observe and assess swimmers in the pool area from an assigned station to identify and prevent unsafe conditions or potential hazards.  Explain and enforce pool rules to provide a safe and accident-free pool environment.

Administer CPR, AED, and American Red Cross first aid when necessary.

Perform lifeguard and swim instructor duties.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:  basic swim strokes (crawl, breast, back, side and elementary back); American Red Cross lifeguarding principles and lifesaving skills; water safety practices; leadership techniques and methods; and general pool maintenance functions.

Ability to:  rescue persons using Red Cross Lifeguard techniques; remain calm in emergency situations; demonstrate patience when working with patrons of all ages; maintain high fitness level; maintain courtesy and communicate with diplomacy to secure voluntary compliance with facility policies and rules; prepare written reports and records, assist with daily maintenance of the swimming facility; and resolve problems efficiently using diplomacy and tact.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.

Certificates:  Must possess all of the following at time of appointment:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
  • American Red Cross Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • Title 22 - First Aid for Public Safety Personnel 


Environment:  works in outside aquatics facility environment, in seasonal climate and weather conditions; works with slippery surface conditions, where water and swimming pool chemicals are frequently encountered; and subject to emergency situations.  Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person; vision in normal range with or without correction; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sitting, walking, standing, and swimming for prolonged periods of time; bending, stooping, kneeling, or crouching; reaches with hands and arms; lifts, pushes, and pulls 50 pounds when responding to emergency lifesaving situations; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate pool equipment; mental capability to observe people and situations, and respond calmly in emergency situations.  Hazards:  exposed to chemicals associated with a swimming pool; and to body fluids with the possibility of communicable diseases.


 A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to successful completion of a swim test and two seasons of aquatics experience are required. Must be 18 years of age at time of appointment, successfully complete the physical assessment test, interview process, and Lifeguard Training program.

CLASS: R24; EST: 8/26/2010; REV: ;