Job Description

Position Summary:

Assist in the supervision of all areas pertaining to aquatics. Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.

Essential Functions:

1. Ensure a safe swimming environment for all participants.

2. Be rescue ready at all times when on deck and during scheduled work hours.

3. Complete necessary forms when needed i.e. testing, incident reports, pool maintenance, etc.

4. Perform pool opening and closing procedures – training is provided.

5. Promote growth in all aquatics programs by being an active member of the Aquatics department.

6. Maintain cleanliness of pool area and reinforces the pool safety procedures and policies.

7. Responsible for scheduling classes, completing program paperwork, scheduling lifeguards, supervising Lifeguards 1 and 2 when requested and may act as the Director in their absence.

8. Ability to conduct lifeguard instruction training.

9. Attend all staff meetings, trainings and other YMCA functions as required by Supervisor.

10. Maintain open lines of communication with participant, coaches, referee, staff and supervisor.

11. Perform other duties as assigned.

YMCA Competencies (Team Leader):

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Y’s values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


1. Education & Certifications: Must be 18 years of age. Current certification for Lifeguard training (recognized by the State of California), First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and O2 required and must be maintained and kept in current status. Water Safety Instructor (Red Cross) or Fundamentals of Teaching YMCA Swim Lesson and YMCA Lifeguard Certification required.

2. Must pass a 150 yard pre-employment swim test.

3. Be able to perform all requirements for lifeguard certification and demonstrate skills as required (example: in-service trainings)

4. Criminal clearance including fingerprints.

5. Health screening w/TB test and Drug Test Screening

6. Complete Online New Employee Orientation and Child Abuse Prevention Training.

7. Strong communication skills (both written and oral).

8. Public relations skills and/or experience working with a diverse population desired.

9. Two or more years experience working as a lifeguard in an aquatics facility. 1 year of experience hiring and supervising staff or similar type management role.

Working Conditions:

Environmental Factors: Indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. gymnasium and recreational sites); exposure to heat, cold, potentially hazardous chemicals, toxic materials; work on slippery or uneven surfaces. Noise level is usually moderate.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.