Lifeguards provide the public with clean and safe pools.
They are responsible for closely supervising swimmers, preventing risky situations and responding quickly to injuries, emergencies or those in need of assistance.
Their duties also include enforcing facility guidelines, providing water safety information and monitoring water quality.
Please obey the lifeguards at all times as they are responsible for the safety of all patrons.
Our lifeguards are among the best trained in the country. By following established lifesaving procedures, these dedicated professionals ensure every pool user has a safe and enjoyable experience.
City of Edmonton lifeguard qualifications are above and beyond provincial standards for lifeguards. Requirements include:
- Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard certification
- Lifesaving Society Aquatic Emergency Care certification
- CPR C certification
- Be 18 years or older, and have completed Grade 12 in school
These awards must be recertified regularly as required by the governing body.
Lifeguards undergo extensive, ongoing training in the areas of facility operations, site specific safety, emergency procedures and rescue scenarios. Regular in-service training includes:
- Self-directed training three times annually including first aid, water rescue, spinals and CPR skills
- Lifeguard Fitness Skills
- All staff emergency procedures training
- Water chemistry and mechanical systems
- Customer service
- Prevention, Scanning & Recognition Course - Deck management skills
- Occupational Health & Safety and ENVISO
- Chlorine training
Lifeguards are also equipped with the latest in lifesaving equipment such as Automated External Defibrillators (AED), radios and first aid supplies.
Keeping You Safe
A lifeguard's first priority is the safety of swimmers.
Since each guard can be responsible for up to swimmers at one time, lifeguards will position themselves in certain locations to have a clear view of the pool area, and will check the whirlpool, sauna and other amenities frequently.
To keep alert, a lifeguard will regularly switch deck locations with another guard, or switch to off-deck duties for a little while.
Please don't distract the lifeguards from their important duties. Limit your conversations to pool business and safety issues.
If you need assistance or first aid, please ask. Lifeguards are there to help.
Lifeguards are trained and equipped to deal with emergency situations and will react quickly. They will attend to patrons in need of assistance while keeping others safe.
Lifeguards may ask you to help by keeping people away from the scene, making phone calls, relaying messages to other staff, or retrieving emergency equipment.
If the situation is serious enough, police officers, ambulance attendants, firefighters or other emergency responders may be dispatched to the scene. Again, please cooperate fully.
The swimming pool may be closed temporarily due to the emergency. The staff at the cash counter will be able to tell you when the pool will reopen, and may offer compensation for the cancelled swim.
- If someone needs your help, please assist if it is safe to do so.
- If you witness a dangerous situation or an emergency, notify a staff member immediately.
- In the event of a major emergency, an alarm may be sounded and the area evacuated. Please follow staff direction and assist if asked.
- Be prepared to provide a statement if you were a witness. It will help staff and emergency responders deal with the situation, and prevent it from happening in the future.
- First aid assistance is always available.
Partners in Aquatic Rescue
City of Edmonton lifeguards work and train closely with Fire Rescue Services to ensure they are ready to act at the moment an emergency strikes.