By Kathy Chouteau
While Contra Costa County’s COVID-19 tier may be red, and the pools may be closed, the work of Richmond’s lifeguards has not stopped. In fact, the City of Richmond is currently looking to hire lifeguards to help with some of the behind-the-scenes prep work so that the aquatic facilities are ready to go when it’s safe to open.
Applicants for lifeguard roles at Richmond’s City pools must be at least 15 years old and certified or registered in a class prior to their hiring date, which the City can assist with, per the City Manager’s report. The part-time roles range in pay from $16.64-$19.27 per hour and the key responsibilities include: enforcing rules and regulations related to the health and safety of swimmers, staff and the public to prevent accidents; performing rescues at City aquatic facilities; and fulfilling other duties as assigned.
Prior to the pools reopening, Richmond’s lifeguards have been returning to train and to proceed with their recertification, per the City Manager’s report. Rescue techniques are practiced in small groups, with more frequent manikin use, and with physical distancing in order to adhere COVID-19 safety precautions. Ultimately, the lifeguards will be prepared to keep everyone using the City’s aquatic facilities safe.