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What you need to know when applying for Lifeguard of LCSD
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) recruits lifeguards on civil service terms as well as on non-civil service contract terms according to seasonal and operational needs for providing life-saving services at its public swimming pools, gazetted beaches and water sports centres. Schedule of RecruitmentThe recruitment exercise of Seasonal Lifeguard will be conducted from around December to August every year. Applicants may also submit their job applications before the recruitment advertisement for the next swimming season. Such applications will be processed when the recruitment exercise for that swimming season starts. For more details, please visit the “Jobs Available” column on the LCSD website. RemunerationSeasonal Lifeguard is remunerated at more than $20,000 per month depending on the venues of work. Upon satisfactory completion of the contract and subject to satisfactory performance and conduct during the contract period, the incumbent is entitled to an end-of-contract gratuity. Entry Requirements(1) a valid Beach Lifeguard Award or Pool Lifeguard Award or above issued by The Hong Kong Life Saving Society; (2) preferably possess a valid First Aid Certificate issued by the St. John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross or Auxiliary Medical Service;(3) attain a level of proficiency in Chinese and English languages equivalent to Primary 6 standard;(4) pass the swimming and trade tests; and(5) pass an eyesight test and the Ishihara's Test. >>>For more information about the Beach Lifeguard Award and the Pool Lifeguard Award issued by The Hong Kong Life Saving Society, please visit the website of The Hong Kong Life Saving Society.>>>For more information about the First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross or Auxiliary Medical Service, please visit the story "First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government". How to apply(1) Completed application form together with photocopies of relevant lifesaving awards (Pool Lifeguard Award or Beach Lifeguard Award or above) and First Aid Certificate should reach the enquiry address for applications. Please specify on the envelope "Application for Seasonal Lifeguard (Swimming Pool)" or "Application for Seasonal Lifeguard (Beach/Water Sports Centre)".(2) Application forms [G.F. 340(Rev.3/2013)] are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from Civil Service Bureau's website. Please watch the video for more information about the job duties of lifeguards. Enquiry Address: Appointments and Establishment Unit, Support Section, Leisure Services Branch, 7/F., Leisure and Cultural Services Headquarters, 1 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong.Enquiry Telephone: 2601 8050 or 2601 8040
First aid and lifesaving certificates needed when applying for lifeguard
Apart from public swimming pools, gazetted beaches and water sports centres administered by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), quite many places like clubhouses in private properties, hotels and clubs also hire lifeguards at their swimming pools and water sports centres. Therefore the demands for lifeguards are always there. First Aid and LifesavingNormally, a Lifeguard Award and a First Aid Certificate are required when applying for a job as a lifeguard. Take the recruitment advertisement of Lifeguard on the website of LCSD as an example, the entry requirements are:Entry Requirements(a) completed Primary 6 education, or equivalent;(b) visual acuity of 6/60;(c) a valid Beach Lifeguard Award and Pool Lifeguard Award from The Hong Kong Life Saving Society;(d) a valid First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross, or the Auxiliary Medical Service;(e) attained a level of proficiency in Chinese and English languages equivalent to Primary 6 standard; and(f) passed a trade test.This means, if you want to be one of the lifeguards in town, you will probably need to attain a Lifeguard Award and a First Aid Certificate. >>>For more information about the Beach Lifeguard Award and the Pool Lifeguard Award issued by The Hong Kong Life Saving Society, please visit the websites of The Hong Kong Life Saving Society.>>>For more information about the First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross, or the Auxiliary Medical Service, please visit the story "First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government".
Lifeguard Leung Wing Yin said, “Many people think that lifeguards simply enjoy the sun when on duty. This is definitely not the case! We are responsible for rescuing the swimmers in distress and providing first aid in cases of drowning. Besides, we have to keep the venues clean and in good order.” Lifeguard Ho Wing Yin said, “We also conduct regular training and sometimes mobilisation drill exercises for rescue operations for a variety of situations in order to best equip ourselves for emergencies.” Please watch the video for more information about the job duties of lifeguards. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page
Duties of a Lifeguard – Beyond Life Saving
Whether at a beach or a pool, you can always see lifeguards standing guard on the watch out platforms. You may question: is swimming the only requirement for recruiting lifeguards? Is saving drowned people their only daily duty?Here are 8 other duties of lifeguards that you may not know: 1. Keep the venue clean2. Maintain the order of the venue3. Conduct equipment inspection to ensure they are sufficient and functioning4. Carry out tasks assigned by superiors5. Perform routine training6. Clean the beach7. Remove rubbish from the sea 8. Check whether the tiles and rubber bumpers are in good condition Lifeguard Leung Wing Yin said, “Many people see lifeguards as simply enjoying the sun when they are on duty.” In fact, they are responsible for rescuing swimmers and providing first aid in cases of drowning, in addition to all the duties listed above.At the beach, lifeguards have to clear oyster shells on the stairs of floating platforms and mosses on float balls, as well as to remove rubbish from the sea. Lifeguards serving at swimming pools have to check whether the tiles and rubber bumpers are in good condition. Lifeguard Ho Wing Yin said, “Taking precautions is more important than lifesaving.”Regular training and team drills for rescue operations are also conducted to keep lifeguards best-fit for emergencies at all times.The daily job of lifeguards is not simply lifesaving, but also preventing swimmers from injury. This is why they always keep themselves well-trained and work at their best. Contributing Editor: Sophie