There are three different types of lifeguards for JBS. The most common lifeguard is the stand lifeguard. This lifeguard has his or her own stand that they work with an umbrella and chair attendant each day only having a replacement when a day off is requested. The stand lifeguard has their own beach area that they are responsible for, as well as their own equipment that they help the attendant set up and *break down each day. The stand lifeguard is able to make a commission or a percentage of sales as well as tips from renters. In this situation, in most cases, both the lifeguard and the attendant are certified lifeguards. Although both take part in setting up the equipment and breaking it down, they take turns in doing this, ensuring that THERE IS ALWAYS A LIFEGUARD ON THE TOWER WATCHING THE WATER!
The next type of JBS lifeguard is the relief guard. The relief guard is a lifeguard that takes over for stand guards when they have a day off. A relief guard serves the same job as a stand guard with the only difference being a relief guard moves from stand to stand almost every day. This can be a benefit as you learn the whole beach and are never bored. A relief guard is also subject to the same commission and tips as a stand guard. A relief guard must be able to adapt quickly and always communicate with the stand guard so that the specifics of renters are taken care of.
The final type of guard for JBS is the “roving lifeguard”. RLs patrol a zone of three stands taking over for stand guards during their lunches and breaks. RLs are not allowed to help breakdown or set up. RLs help stand guards by patrolling the areas in between stands or when stands get busy.
Beginning in 2020, JBS started making a transition from the traditional “dual role” lifeguard to having an individual operator for each role of lifeguard and attendant. Historically, JBS lifeguards were also expected to be in charge of the umbrella and chair rentals throughout the day. As years passed, this method of operation became a target for negative publicity and the realization of a separation of roles had to take place. As we move through 2022, JBS is looking to fully separate the role of lifeguard and attendant. This means that when an individual is responsible for watching the water, that will be his/her only task. When an individual is responsible for being an attendant and operating the umbrella and chair rentals, this will be his/her only task. At every tower, there will be at least 1 designated lifeguard and 1 designated attendant who operate separate from one another.