LIFEGUARD

GUARD INFO

The lifeguard ensures water and beach safety. As a lifeguard you will, perform all rescue, and first aid as necessary, then as needed enforce your area's ordinances.

REQUIREMENTS

1. Be at least 17 years of age.
2. Complete the 500 meter swim in 12 minutes or less.
3. Obtain lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid Certifications.
4. Be in good physical condition.
5. Must be able to observe the beach and water for any unsafe situations.

WORKING CONDITIONS

All work is performed outside on the beach. You will be setting up approximately 15-50 umbrellas/chairs on a daily basis. You will be be exposed to direct sunlight frequently. As a lifeguard, you will do a lot of walking, sitting, and standing. You must be able to operate ALL rescue equipment, such as: Buoy, Medical Equipment, etc.

HOUSING

The lifeguard house is located 1/4 a mile away from the main office. There are several restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance. The housing cost is $90 per week. Some night clubs extend free membership Life Guards and some restaurants give discounts.

TRANSPORTATION

Riding to and from work will not pose a problem as several guards will have their own vehicles.

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TRAINING

All lifeguards will must successfully pass the American Red Cross training for Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid before working a station alone. You will spend 2-3 days with a senior guard to learn rental techniques and standards of operation. For most the day lifeguards will be alone at their towers, however, if you need assistance, we have 2-3 supervisors in 4-wheel drive vehicles that can be contacted via your 2-Way Radio.

TYPICAL DAY AS A LIFEGUARD

7:30 AM

Promptly arrive to the warehouse to receive your radio, line sheets, and receipts. You will also receive your tower assignment here.

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Begin and finish setting up your equipment. This includes: dragging your tower down, getting your buoy and medical box, and setting up all of your rental equipment. You should be finished by 9:00 AM.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

This is the first lunch. This break consists of 45 minutes.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

This is the second lunch. This break consists of 45 minutes.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Maintain beach safety and ensure all Surfside/Horry County ordinances are being properly enforced. Perform all rescues and first aid as necessary.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

At 4 PM, guards can begin breaking down their rental equipment.

5:00 PM

Your day is now over. All guards will report to the warehouse to turn in their radio, line sheets, and receipts.

SAFETY AND RULES

BEACH ORDINANCES AND RULES:

RIP CURRENTS

Do not Panic!

Do not swim against the current!

A Rip Current can not pull you under water!

Swim parallel to shore until you feel you are out of the current.

CURRENTS

Swimmers who are not familiar with the ocean may enter the ocean and realize they're being taken parallel from where they started. These are called long shore currents. If you don't pay attention to where you are, it could take you blocks away before you realize! It is recommended to find a landmark to stay in line with.

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MARINE LIFE

Jellyfish
While jellyfish stings can be uncomfortable, they are generally harmless. The stings can be treated with Vinegar or 70% Isopryl Alcohol. Both of which can be found at your nearest lifeguard tower. Peeing is not an effective treatment!

Stingrays
Stingrays typically sting only when they're stepped on. If stung, please alert a lifeguard. To ease the pain, apply the affected area with the hottest, tolerable water.

DEHYDRATION & SUNBURN

Dehydration and Sunburn occur very fast on the beach with often no warning.

To stay protected

  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you go to the beach. - Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. - Use an effective sunscreen and apply often. - Use a beach umbrella - Be aware of when the heat and sun are the most intense. (Midday)

EYE PROTECTION

A long day at the beach can damage your eyes. The sun often shines with no obstacles, and is reflected by the sand and water. Ensure your glasses have UV protection.

LIGHTNING

Never swim when there is an ongoing lightning storm!