Job Description


Job Summary:

The Lifeguard is responsible for supervising the aquatics area to prevent accidents, assist swimmers, and respond to emergencies.  The incumbent will create a safe, enjoyable and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and satisfaction in accordance with the YMCA policies and procedures.  The Lifeguard will oversee multiple activities including but not limited to open swim, water exercise, swim lessons, and lap swimming.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain constant surveillance of the pool area/body of water, know/review all emergency procedures and respond to emergency situations immediately.
  • Perform first aid when necessary and complete appropriate incident/accident reports.
  • Know, understand, and consistently communicate policies and guidelines for the pool, body of water and whirlpool.
  • Attend monthly in-service trainings.


This position reports to the Sr. Coordinator/Program Manager who reports to the Director of Healthy Living.  The incumbent interacts regularly with their supervisor, staff, volunteers, and participants.




Qualifications: (Required)

  • Minimum age of 16.
  • Current nationally accredited lifeguard certification (applicable for body of water being guarded).
  • Current BLS and First Aid certifications. 
  • Certification required within 45 days of hire: Oxygen Administration (may not guard until certification is complete).
  • Physically perform all skills required of a lifeguard.
  • Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere in the zone of responsibility, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • See and observe all sections of an assigned zone of responsibility, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize swimmers in need of assistance.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, respond and remedy unsafe situations.
  • Ability to communicate with all ages and levels of swimmers
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and ages.
  • Dedicated to member safety and the mission and philosophy of the YMCA


  • Values
  • Inclusion
  • Relationships
  • Quality Results
  • Communication
  • Functional

Work Conditions:

  • Ability to pass lifeguard water test.
  • Must be able to remain alert with no lapses of consciousness in a warm environment with air temperatures of 80 degrees or higher.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to perceive, identify and respond to signs of distress.
  • Ability to recognize and react calmly and effectively in hazardous/dangerous situations.
  • Observe all areas of the pool with clear vision.
  • Perform all needed rescues and survival skills.
  • Be able to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue, including swimming quickly, supporting adult body weight while swimming as far as 50 feet, and removing adult body weight from the pool.
  • Communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time.