Lifeguard

Overview:
The Lifeguard is to oversee the safety of members and program participants of the pool areas. The Lifeguard is also responsible for informing and serving YMCA members and volunteers in a premier fashion. They are expected to emphasize member service, character development, the mission statement and to work with membership retention and promotion.

Lifeguard Certification
To apply for a lifeguard position, applicants should hold a current lifeguard certification from an accredited organization (ASHI, Red Cross, Ellis, etc.). If you need certification or recertification, you may qualify for a discounted YMCA Lifeguard training. If interested in YMCA Lifeguard training, please contact Sadie Birchard, Sr. Program Director for Aquatics at
Other YMCA employment benefits:
  • Receive ongoing training and recertification
  • Receive Free YMCA membership to all YMCA gyms
  • Work flexible schedules
  • Receive opportunities for career advancement
Responsibilities:
  • Models the core values of Caring, Honest, Respect and Responsibility; implements character development and the YMCA core values in all programs and all aspects of center operations.
  • Continuously scan the pool (every 10 seconds), whirlpool and sauna areas, checking for safe conditions.
  • Must maintain high level of alertness at all times.
  • Staff may be videotaped for safety audit purposes and ongoing training.
  • Will be required to complete 2 hours of in-service training a month.
  • Position may require environment changes (outdoor to indoor, humid environments).
  • Will be required to participate in ongoing training that will be held during operational hours (operational manikin drops, pool safety checks, CPR checks).
  • Enforce all posted rules and any other rules that are required to ensure the safety of all participants.
  • Must constantly watch the pool and have a rescue tube, whistle, emergency button, and supplemental oxygen barrier mask ready and available at all times, actively scanning 10 x 10. Lifeguard is not to do secondary duties in place of scanning their zone of protection.
  • Make sure that the pool deck is free of clutter and perform all maintenance duties assigned by Aquatic Director.
  • Test pool chemical levels and report changes to Aquatics Director immediately.
  • Fill out all Y accident and incident reports completely and turn into the Aquatics Director.
  • Responsible for opening and closing procedures.
  • Responsible for maintaining the continuity of lap swim and moving participants accordingly.
  • Must be able to be a team player with all staff.
  • Must notify appropriate staff of any unsafe conditions, needed repairs, complaints, accidents, or injuries immediately.
  • Must participate in special events within the Aquatics Department and may include events facility-wide.
  • Must participate in events benefiting the Annual Mission campaign.
Qualifications:
  • Must be 16 years of age.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes, no hands
  • Swim 250 yards without stopping using a variety of specific strokes
  • Swim to the bottom of a 9-12 foot pool.
  • Sprint 25 yards, retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool, tread water with the object for 1 minute, climb out of the pool without using a ladder or other assistance.
  • Perform 100 chest compressions on a mannequin.
  • Able to relate and work with diverse groups of people in a friendly and consistent manner.
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