• Lifeguard

  • Yarrow Family YMCA
    Job Description

    We are looking to recruit Lifeguards and Swim Instructors to ensure the safety of members at our YMCA Swimming pools. Our employees work daily to positively impact lives through opportunities in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. A Lifeguard employee creates a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals while promoting and maintaining safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck and surrounding areas in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.

    • Proactively and continuously scans the entire area of responsibility.
    • Responds immediately and takes appropriate action in all situations that present the potential for injury.
    • Checks that safety equipment is correctly placed and is in proper working order at the start of each shift.
    • Communicates and enforces all safety rules, policies and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area to all participants, members and staff.
    • Takes and records temperature and chemical readings at designed intervals and immediately reports variances from established requirements to the designated person.
    • Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state health department code.
    • Knows and reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies, procedures, and the “safe-in-six” model; completes related reports as required.
    • Remains calm and objective when under pressure or when challenged by others.
    • Participates in scheduled staff trainings, meeting, and events as required.
    • Perform other job related duties as requested and necessary.   


    • Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values.  Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. 
    • Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.  Builds a rapport with members.  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 Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments and transfers learning from one situation to another.  Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.
    • Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance.  Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process.  Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths, and limitation 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 the aquatic environment.


    1. Minimum age of 16 years old.
    2. Ability to swim at YMCA Lifeguard prerequisite or equivalent ability to swim 500 yards.
    3. Lifeguard, CPR, AED & First Aid for the professional rescuer Certifications through the American Red Cross or other nationally recognized organization. Certification obtained through a nationally accredited organization consisting of a blended class (part online, part in person) will be accepted. Online only certifications do not meet this requirement. Certifications must be maintained and current at all times.
    4. Knowledge in the principles and practices of effective YMCA Lifeguarding.
    5. Ability to interact positively with a diverse group of people.
    6. All required online training must be completed before starting work, which will be compensated for accordingly.
    7. Criminal record clearance if over 18 years old.



    1. Ability to lift as required in normal rescue situations.
    2. Ability to see and hear to perform the essential functions of a lifeguard.
    3. Ability to see and rescue in an aquatic emergency no more than 20 seconds.
    4. Ability to sit, and walk whiling scanning entire pool.
    5. Remain alert with no lapses of consciousness.



    Successful performance of this job will result in safe and healthy pools and aquatic facilities, high quality YMCA aquatics programs that are mission-driven and consistent with YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility, and excellent member and staff satisfaction.

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