Job Description

Position Summary:

The Lakewood Family YMCA is looking for part-time Lifeguards. Lifeguards will maintain 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.


Rate of pay: $14.50 - $15.50 based on experience and ability. 

Essential Functions:

1. Maintains constant surveillance of the pool area.

2. Knows/reviews all emergency procedures and response to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Completes related reports as required.

3. Serve as a first responder in the event of an emergency at the branch.

4. Maintains effective relationships with the members, participants, and other staff.

5. Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.

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

7. Ensure the scheduled shift is covered at all times.

8. Conduct and monitor all swim tests prior to participants engaging in pool activities.

9. Perform equipment checks and ensure appropriate equipment is available as needed.

10. Check the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving.

11. Provide emergency care and treatment as necessary and until medical professionals arrive.

12. Perform chemical testing at appropriate times of the day, as required, and takes appropriate action.

13. Attend all staff meetings, training, and other YMCA functions as required by Supervisor.

14. Maintain open lines of communication with participants, coaches, referees, staff, and supervisors.

15. Perform other duties as assigned.

YMCA Competencies (Leader):

Mission AdvancementAccepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational EffectivenessMakes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.

Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work, and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal GrowthPursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths, and limitations and how they impact relationships. 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.

 The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


1. Must be 16 years of age, over 18 years of age preferred. 

2. Must be currently attending high school or equivalent or have a high school diploma or equivalent.

3. Current Lifeguard certification from either YMCA or the American Red Cross,  including, First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and O2 required and must be maintained and kept in current status. YMCA Lifeguard Certification is preferred.

4. Must pass a pre-employment practicum and written exam.

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

6. Criminal clearance including fingerprints

7. Health Screening with Negative TB and Negative Drug test screening. 

8. Complete all online Training(s). 

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

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

11. One or more years of experience teaching swimming lessons in an aquatics facility is preferred.