NATURE OF WORK
This is skilled and lead worker water safety work involved in the operation of county aquatics facilities.
Employees in this class are responsible for safeguarding employees and patrons at county aquatics facilities or when engaged in a county sponsored activity at a public aquatics facility. Work involves lifeguard activities, responsibility for serving as lead worker of subordinates and assisting in training programs, emergency situation simulation drills, operational maintenance methods, aquatics procedures and programming. Work is reviewed through employee observation, facility inspection, written and oral reports and conferences.
Performs as lead worker of subordinate personnel engaged in aquatics programming, safety and facility maintenance.
Maintains staff and patron safety, order and discipline at the assigned aquatics facility/facilities.
Performs emergency water rescue techniques to assist persons in distress; applies CPR and administers standard first aid when necessary.
Assists in conducting water safety and lifeguard certification training programs for aquatics personnel in water rescue and accident prevention techniques, water safety procedures, first aid and CPR.
Conducts practice drills simulating emergency situations.
Conducts or assists with conducting periodic inspections of the assigned aquatics facility/facilities and amenities; observes deficiencies in operations, maintenance, safety practices and conditions; recommends through verbal or written reports deficiency corrections when necessary.
Prepares purchase requisitions for replenishing lifesaving and first aid supplies and equipment, uniforms and other items needed for the efficient and effective operation of the aquatics facility/facilities; assists in the maintenance of records and reports relating to activities such as first aid rendered, rescues effected, training programs conducted and simulation activities completed.
Assists in the planning, directing and implementing of broad and varied aquatics programs of recreational activities, services and special events to meet the needs of the public.
Assists in the coordination of the collection of revenues for the assigned aquatics facility/facilities and amenities.
Explains and interprets public safety rules and regulations, fees and charges and aquatics operational procedures and programs to park patrons; enforces or refers enforcement to proper authorities.
Assists in the performance of water management tests to ensure water quality at the assigned aquatics facility/facilities; coordinates the inspection and repair of lifesaving equipment when able to do so without distraction from lifeguard responsibilities.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of approved water rescue and prevention techniques, emergency procedures, simulation drills, water safety policies, first aid and CPR.
Knowledge of operational, safety and maintenance requirements for aquatics facilities and amenities.
Knowledge of water safety practices and procedures.
Knowledge of emergency situation simulation drills for aquatics facilities and amenities.
Knowledge of basic laws, rules and regulations relating to the development and use of aquatics facilities and amenities.
Some knowledge of the principles and practices of lead work, organizational behavior and administration.
Some knowledge of water safety and lifeguard certification training, practices and procedures.
Ability to serve as lead worker of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Ability to assist in the management of assigned aquatics facilities operation, maintenance requirements and personnel.
Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with the public and to be capable of enforcing regulations firmly and impartially.
Ability to prepare and maintain reports and conduct special studies.
Ability to assist in planning, coordinating and conducting training programs and emergency situation simulation drills.
Ability to perform assigned tasks requiring physical strength and agility.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.
Skills in pool and open water swimming, water rescue, accident prevention techniques, water safety procedures, standard first aid, CPR and training.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from high school or an acceptable equivalency diploma; experience as a certified lifeguard and some experience in the implementation of aquatics activities; or any equivalent combination of training or experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Certification in life saving techniques, water safety instruction, standard first aid and CPR (for adult, child and infant) by the nationally recognized organization approved by Broward County – Jeff Ellis & Associates.
Bargaining Unit: Blue Collar
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Financial Disclosure Required
Class Spec Estab./Revised: E12/82 R02/11