Questions and Answers

Hiring managers will share training dates with candidates upon hire. Due to social distancing requirements and to lessen the amount of in-person training time students may be required to complete online course materials prior to the lifeguard course. All course fees are covered for all lifeguard candidates hired to work for PWCDPRT. Sign-up here to a take a swim test and get placed into a training class!
Once lifeguard candidates have completed the Ellis & Associates lifeguard training course they will then be scheduled (and paid) to attend site-based orientations and trainings. You can expect at a minimum of an additional 4 hours of sitebased training before being scheduled as a lifeguard. We have immediate openings so at the conclusion of lifeguard training candidates will be scheduled for site-based trainings.
We have been working extensively with our comprehensive risk management provider, Ellis & Associates, and at the direction of their medical director staff will be implementing updated response levels for our lifeguard teams.
Some items that are specific to changes in lifeguard response are as follows:
  • All lifeguard teams will be provided with additional PPE when responding to aquatic emergencies: HEPA/Viral filters will be placed on all rescue breathing devices to limit exposure to aerosols generated during a breathing or cardiac event, googles, face shields and surgical face masks will be provided in addition to gloves.
  • During all training activities we will limit person to person contact and focus on the use of mannikins for practice of EAP drills. No airway practice will take on staff.
  • Staff schedules will be staggered to limit congregation of staff.
  • Staff will be scheduled in “teams” for both work and in-service trainings. This will limit exposure of large groups of staff. Group in-service trainings will be limited to 10-12 staff members with an instructor.
  • Lifeguard staff will not use communal equipment for daily use.
  • The following changes will be implemented:
    • Each lifeguard will be issued a hip pack as part of their lifeguard uniform. The lifeguard will be expected to bring hip pack to and from all scheduled lifeguard shifts.
    • Rescue tubes will be numbered and assigned to lifeguards at the start of their scheduled shift. They will utilize the same rescue tube throughout their entire shift. Rescue tubes will be thoroughly sanitized at the conclusion of each shift.
    • Lifeguard stands will be sanitized between lifeguard rotations.
    • All other equipment will be thoroughly sanitized between uses.
    • During cleaning and sanitization of equipment and surfaces staff will be provided with appropriate PPE
The CDC states, “There is no evidence that COVID 19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (e.g. chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID 19.”
Yes, both patrons and staff will complete a health screening. Employees are encouraged to do a wellness check at home, including a temperature check. Employees must report to a supervisor if they are running a fever and/or feeling ill. Temperature checks will also take place at DPRT facilities using touch-free infrared thermometers before the beginning of each employee’s shift. Employees with a fever at or above 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to work.
  • We have significantly enhanced our cleaning and sanitation efforts on all guest and employee touch points. We will be utilizing electrostatic cleaning equipment regularly for disinfection.
  • We have placed alcohol-based hand sanitizing stations throughout the recreation centers. We have added signage to remind guest and staff to frequently wash hands.
  • We have implemented social distancing measures, including marking off 6 foot spacing in high traffic areas. In the pool area we have placed direction signage for guest to ensure social distancing.
  • All staff will be expected to wear a face covering while working in customer facing positions. Staff are encouraged to wear a face covering at all times while in the building. There will be an exemption for lifeguards who are on stand. All guests are being asked to wear a face covering while not actively exercising.
  • In employee break areas social distancing will be enforced with signage, staggered break times and limiting the number of employees on break and accessing locker areas at a time.
  • Employees will be permitted to clock-in and clock-out utilizing a mobile application to limit employees from having to touch the time clock.

Still have more questions? Send an email to parkscsd@pwcgov.org