Pool/leisure centre attendant

Risk level

In the swim all year round

Swimming teacher, lifeguard, gym instructor, receptionist, cleaner and masseur are just some of the duties that can fall to pool/leisure centre attendants. There's no doubt about it, you will definitely come into contact with lots of people and will be around swimming pools and lots and lots of water! Contact with water can be too much for some people's skin and can cause eczema.

What are the risks?

Being a pool/leisure centre attendant involves wet work for the whole body, even if you're not actually in the pool teaching people to swim all day long. Water loosens up the skin and leaves it fragile. The water in swimming pools contains chlorine, which can irritate the skin. If you are sensitive you may end up with eczema on your body.

Pool/leisure centre attendants can have many duties; including giving massages or keeping the premises tidy. Both detergents and massage oils can cause allergies and irritate the skin. Read more under Cleaner and Masseur.

Prevention and avoidance

Stop your skin from drying out too much from all that contact with water by rubbing in skin cream at the end of the day or more often.

If you suffer from eczema or did so when you were little (atopic eczema), you are more likely than others to have problems with eczema as a result of your work. This may be worth thinking about before you opt for a future by the poolside.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions or want to know more about allergy and eczema when working as a pool/leisure centre attendant, get in touch with your school nurse or careers adviser.