Public Pool Lifeguard Responsibilities

During the summer months in Atlanta and surrounding areas, many families will try to escape the summer heat by enjoying public pools. These fun and relaxing times can become a nightmare when a child or loved one drowns or suffers from a near-drowning experience.

To prevent people from drowning, each public pool must have appropriate safety measures in place, which includes having trained lifeguards on duty. If the pool fails to have lifeguards on duty or if the pool negligently hires non-qualified lifeguards and someone is killed or injured, then that pool owner/operator should be held liable for the resulting pain and suffering.

Contact Atlanta accidental drowning attorney James Ponton by calling 404-418-8507 to discuss your case. We are here to help.

Lifeguard Responsibilities

The responsibilities of a lifeguard may change somewhat from pool to pool, but generally all lifeguards have the following responsibilities:

  • Maintain constant surveillance of pool patrons
  • Respond immediately and appropriately to ensure patron safety in the event of an emergency
  • Provide emergency care and treatment as required until emergency medical responders have arrived
  • Perform maintenance of the pool to ensure that it is kept safe for use

These responsibilities are expected of the pool owner/operator and those who choose to swim at the pool. Families allow their children to play at public pools precisely because they expect trained professionals to be monitoring the safety of the children.

Lifeguard Qualifications

In order to be able to properly perform the responsibilities listed above, a lifeguard should have the required training and certifications. Generally, a lifeguard should:

  • Be able to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  • Have lifeguarding surveillance and rescue technique skills
  • Be physically and mentally fit to perform all of the required responsibilities

To become a lifeguard, most must attend courses and must be superior swimmers capable of swimming for sustained periods of time while maneuvering others through the water. These swimming courses should be rigorous and designed to simulate the most stressful of situations.

Furthermore, a lifeguard should be Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certified. These basic certifications will allow the lifeguard to respond to the most common types of emergencies that occur at swimming pools.

Public Pool Responsibilities

A pool (public or private) should never hire a lifeguard who is not qualified to perform the required responsibilities. Pool owners and operators should conduct thorough background checks on their lifeguards and ensure that each is properly certified and qualified.

A pool that hires a lifeguard who is not qualified or otherwise unable to perform the required responsibilities may be liable for any harm that occurs due to the lifeguard’s errors. We will conduct a complete review of the pool’s ownership and lifeguard hiring practices if you or a loved one is injured or killed while using a pool.

Contacting Ponton Law

Contact Atlanta accidental drowning attorney James Ponton to discuss the responsibilities that public pool lifeguards and their employers have towards you and your family if a loved one has been injured or killed while using a public pool. Please contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507.

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