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Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes, to provide assistance and protection to participants.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Patrol or monitor recreational areas, such as trails, slopes, or swimming areas, on foot, in vehicles, or from towers.
    • Rescue distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.
    • Contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.
    • Examine injured persons and administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment.
    • Warn recreational participants of inclement weather, unsafe areas, or illegal conduct.
    • Maintain quality of pool water by testing chemical levels.
    • Complete and maintain records of weather and beach conditions, emergency medical treatments performed, and other relevant incident information.
    • Observe activities in assigned areas, using binoculars, to detect hazards, disturbances, or safety infractions.
    • Operate underwater recovery units.
    • Instruct participants in skiing, swimming, or other recreational activities and provide safety precaution information.
    • Inspect recreational equipment, such as rope tows, T-bars, J-bars, or chair lifts, for safety hazards and damage or wear.
    • Provide assistance with staff selection, training, and supervision.
    • Provide assistance in the safe use of equipment, such as ski lifts.
    • Inspect recreational facilities for cleanliness.
    • Participate in recreational demonstrations to entertain resort guests.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 20350/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 9.78/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 7,130
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,780

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Skis
    • Manlift or personnel lift
    • Life rings
    • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
    • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled

    Technology

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    Tags

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