Lifeguards protect the safety and wellbeing of everyone in your pool or waterfront. Yet in order to do so, they need to be focused and vigilantly scanning the water. One of the key ways to ensure this happens is by making sure that lifeguards are rotating positions every 15-30 minutes, and that they are taking a ten minute break every hour during their shift.
Not only does taking breaks and rotating positions mean guards are able to refresh their attention, but it also means that each area of responsibility is getting a fresh perspective—meaning one guard may spot something that the other has not. If you are unable to staff all of your positions, or allow lifeguards adequate breaks, you may need to close the pool, or sections of the pool, to allow lifeguards the opportunity to take a break.
Below are three ways to ensure that your lifeguard rotations are effectively implemented: