Structuring Job Responsibilities
A lifeguard's responsibility is to focus on guarding the pool, so be sure to assign COVID policies and procedures to other staff members.
Test. Mark. Protect.
Swim testing and non-swimmer precautions are critical. Make sure these policies are reviewed, clearly communicated to swimmers and staff, and consistently followed. You can find our guidance on Test.Mark.Protect on our website.
Drowning Prevention is Everyone's Responsibility
Lifeguards are not the only ones who can prevent a drowning. All staff are responsible for supporting lifeguards, both as another set of eyes and as enforcers of general behavioral rules. Parental supervision is also a critical layer of protection, so be sure to communicate this to parents as they enter the pool.
Continuous Training & Preparation
As many pools have been closed for a long period of time, it's important to review all guard certifications, trainings and expectations before they are on-duty. Perform quick-checks to ensure that lifeguards are meeting your standard, and to eliminate any "rustiness" from a prolonged shutdown. Empowering lifeguards to enforce pool rules and having leadership present for back-up is another way to prepare guards and boost their confidence.
Continue in-service trainings with guards and remind them that DROP drills will be performed on a regular basis.
Emergency Action Plan
Practice your EAP as it currently exists, including any new elements introduced as COVID-19 prevention measures. Be sure that all staff are aware of their role in the EAP.