Duties and Responsibilities:
Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure safety of all swimmers.
Must be able to move with the use of both arms and legs and to properly use aquatic equipment to rescue a 200-pound person. Able to read, write and do basic math.
Must be able to remain alert in humid and hot conditions. Able to move to various locations, including in and around the swimming pool and an elevated lifeguard station.
Able to communicate verbally, including projecting the voice across distances.
Able to handle irate, complaining individuals without internalizing or personalizing comments made.
Remain physically able to demonstrate and perform rescue and lifesaving skills.
Responsible for the rescue and emergency care of any accident victim in and about the pool and recording such incidents on report forms.
Responsible for preventing accidents by encouraging situations that are within guideline of established safety procedures.
Responsible for maintaining skills necessary for preventive lifeguarding, water rescues, CPR, First Aid, dry land accident care.
Responsible for attending monthly in-service training.
Responsible for abiding by YMCA policies and pool rules and all state, county and city health codes as applicable to swimming pools.
Responsible for being on duty ten minutes and on deck five minutes prior to work assignments and keeping track of one’s own work hours on a time sheet.
Responsible for finding a qualified substitute in event a substitute is needed. The Aquatic Director or Aquatic Coordinator must clear subs.
Responsible for following prescribed daily pool maintenance duties as outlined, including pool attendance.
Responsible for locking and securing all pool doors when pool is closed.
Responsible for attending all required training or certification events.
Responsible for walking deck during guard assignments or sitting for no more than five minutes at a time. Pool or guard office is off limits when people are in the pool area. Guard will project themselves with an aura of authority, while maintaining a positive image by showing genuine concern for the pool users.
Responsible for keeping all aquatic, CPR and first aid certifications current. Responsible for wearing rescue equipment, staff uniform and whistle while on duty.
Responsible for notifying supervisor of any broken or unsafe equipment and taking it out of service until repairs are made. Report specific problems or needs to the Aquatic Director.
Perform other duties as deemed necessary by Aquatic Director for reaching Corporate goals within the purpose and mission of the YMCA.
Develop meaningful and sustainable relationships with members, donors and volunteers.
Education & Experience:
Must be 16 years of age. Current certifications in CPR-PR, AED, Supplemental Oxygen Administration, and First Aid. Training provided by the YMCA if needed. YMCA Lifeguard or certification by another nationally recognized organization. Must possess a cooperative spirit to character development by promoting and demonstrating caring, honesty, respect and responsibility to staff, lay leaders, YMCA members, program participants and the general public. Must have ability to relate with pool patrons in a positive manner. Must be professional, alert, courteous and tactful. Must be serious in their manner toward job responsibilities and have an aptitude for thinking clearly in emergency situations. Must have strong water skills and maintain top physical fitness.