Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers Career Video
Description: Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to participants.
Swimming at the beach or a pool, hitting the slopes at a ski resort, it’s all for fun and fitness. But when an accident happens, or someone needs help, lifeguards and ski patrols come to the rescue. These recreational protective service workers monitor swimming and ski areas to aid and protect the public. Lifeguards and ski patrols look out for hazards or safety problems in their assigned areas. In emergencies, they examine injured persons and administer first aid or CPR. Lifeguards watch over swimmers at pools, lakes, and ocean beaches. They may patrol on foot, with a vehicle, or observe swimmers from towers. They also keep beach facilities clean and maintain the right balance of chemicals in pools. Ski or alpine patrol workers monitor trails and slopes from vehicles or on their skis, often checking trails for hazards, and conducting a sweep of the area at the end of the day to ensure the safe return of all skiers. Recreation workers inform participants of the rules, and ensure that equipment is used safely. They also keep records of weather and beach conditions and warn participants when bad weather is expected, or other safety hazards threaten. Although these occupations generally have no formal educational requirements, significant skills in swimming or skiing are necessary. Some positions require lifesaving and CPR certification.