Under the direction of the Aquatics Supervisor, Aquatics Director, and/or Association Aquatics Director the Lifeguard supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Lifeguard at the YMCA creates a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals while promoting and maintain safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.

Essential Functions:

• Ensures the proper chemical balance by checking chlorine and pH levels.
• Maintains a clean and safe environment – including the deck, pool, restrooms, storage, pump room, and other areas in use.
• Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
• Proactively communicates with the Pool Operator and Aquatics Supervisor regarding additional repairs or services needed.
• Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the aquatic area, facility, and organization.
• Maintains active surveillance of the pool area.
• Knows and reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies, procedures, and the “10:10” model; completes related reports as required.
• Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state health department code.
• Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving.
• Attends and participates in all staff meetings and in-service training.
• Builds relationships with members; helps members connect with one another and the YMCA.
• Responds to challenges with possible solutions in a timely manner.
• Remains calm and objective when under pressure or when challenged by others.
• Handles and resolves member concerns using strong conflict management skills and informs the appropriate staff of unusual situations or unresolved issues.
• Provides excellent service to members, guests, and program participants in the Y and on the phone; positively contributing to member experience and retention.
• Ensures a safe and clean environment for all by following sanitation procedures.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


• Minimum age of sixteen
• Certifications: Basic life support or professional rescuer CPR/AED, first aid, emergency oxygen administration, and YMCA Lifeguard or equivalent
• Complete all online training within first seven days of hire
• Ability to maintain certification-level physical and mental readiness
• Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards

All employees will lead by example to teach participants the importance of the YMCA’s core values: Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility. A post-offer background screening and drug test is required for this position.  This is a part-time position is currently available at Lighthouse/City YMCALohse Family YMCANorthwest YMCA, and Ott Family YMCA and will remain open until filled.

Training opportunities available with employment commitment!

Lifeguard Prerequisites
  • The minimum age is 16 years old by the last day of the scheduled course. Those under the age of 18 must have parental consent to participate.
  • Pass the following Physical Competency requirements (conducted on first day of the course):
    • Phase 1
      • Tread water for 2 minutes
      • Swim 300 yards with at least 100 yards being front crawl (freestyle)
    • Phase 2
      • Swim 50 yards of each: front crawl with head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, elementary backstroke with hands at chest, perform feet-first surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water  (or max. depth of training facility). Then swim underwater for 15 feet.
    • Phase 3
      1. Participants start in the water at shallow water.
      2. Sprint approximately 60 feet, and then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 80 to 10 feet of water (or max depth of facility).
      3. Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of the pool, surface, tread water for at least 1 minute with legs only, and replace the object back at the bottom of the pool where it was found.
      4. Swim the remaining length to the end of the pool, and hoist yourself out of the water.
      5. Immediately begin compression on an adult manikin for 1 minute or 100 compressions; stand and listen to directions from Instructor.
      6. Quickly walk over to an elevated lifeguard stand, climb onto the stand, sit down, look near your feet for a colored shape, and find the matching colored shape while scanning the pool area.
      7. Scan and identify an object located somewhere in the pool area.
      8. Stand up and blow a whistle loud and clearly shout “The Y is great” and then exit the lifeguard stand.

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