The purpose of this study was to investigate perceptions lifeguard employers have of specific employability skills learned through a lifeguard employment setting. Due to a lifeguard shortage in the late 1990s many aquatics facilities tried to determine the cause for the difficulties in finding qualified employees. From the original purpose, the following hypothesis was tested: there are no significant relationships between lifeguard supervisor's assessments of lifeguards' employability skills and levels of common aquatic industry certifications acquired by lifeguard supervisors. This research sought to identify lifeguard employability skills that are perceived by lifeguard employers as being necessary for future career success. Through a three-part internet survey investigating (a) skill types, (b) workplace competencies, and (c) demographics. Some significance was found among training levels and perceptions of lifeguard employability. Further studies are recommended to determine the perceptions lifeguards may have of their own employability skills level and perceptions the business community may have oflifeguard employability skills.
|Commitee:||Conley, Joanne M., Fulthorp, Keith M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Recreation and Leisure Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Recreation|
|Keywords:||Employability, Extrinsic motivation, Intrinsic motivation, Lifeguard skills, Lifeguards|
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