Summer isn’t yet in full swing, but it is already hot here in Atlanta. One of the great summer jobs is lifeguarding, but it is employment that brings with it potential hazards, especially for people under the age of 18.
Lifeguards who are minors have their own classification under the Youth Employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Department of Labor defines the duties of a lifeguard as rescuing swimmers in danger of drowning, monitoring activities at a swimming pool to prevent accidents, teaching water safety, and providing assistance to patrons. Lifeguards may also help to maintain order and cleanliness in the pool and pool areas, give swimming instructions, conduct or officiate at swimming meets, and administer first aid. Other ancillary duties may include checking towels in and out, and perhaps working with food.
Here are some highlights of restrictions on minors working in pool areas or water parks: