Lifeguards play a valuable role in protecting the public at swimming pools and beaches all over the country. If you’re a lifeguard, you are responsible for monitoring what’s going on at the swimming pool and keeping an eye on swimmers, and sea conditions if you’re working at the beach. If you take on a job as a lifeguard at a public beach, you may be required to assume responsibilities such as helping people who get into trouble on the shore, as well as in the water.
Common accidents that may happen on a public beach include slips, trips and falls, and falls from height. A lifeguard at a public beach will usually work with other agencies and emergency services, including the coastguard and the RNLI.
Do you take on any extra responsibilities if you are a lifeguard at a public beach?
Being a lifeguard at a public beach is different to working at a leisure centre. The conditions and the environment are different and the risk of public place accidents and serious injuries may be greater.
If you’re a lifeguard at a public beach, you may find that you need additional qualifications and experience, such as the ability to swim in open water, climb out of the water unaided and tread water for a prolonged period of time. You will need to be physically and mentally fit and strong.
In terms of responsibilities, your main aims as a lifeguard at a public beach would be similar to those of a lifeguard at a swimming pool. You are there to protect the public and to do your best to help out in the event of an accident or a situation involving somebody getting into trouble.
It may not always be possible to save every person, but you should be willing to put yourself in the frame to be as helpful as possible.
Scenarios a lifeguard at a public beach may encounter include slips and trips on the shore, people drifting out to sea, swimmers getting into trouble in deep water or unpredictable currents and people drowning.
Who is liable for an accident on a public beach?
The issue of liability may be a grey area when it comes to accidents in a public place, such as a beach. If you’ve been injured as a result of tripping over on a poorly maintained footpath, you may be eligible for public liability compensation.
If you’ve encountered difficulties in the water when you’ve been advised by a lifeguard at a public beach not to swim due to adverse weather conditions, you should assume liability.
If you think you have a claim for personal injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice