The Lifeguard is to oversee the safety of member and program participants of the pool areas. The Lifeguard is also responsible for informing and serving YMCA members and volunteers in a premier fashion. He or she is expected to emphasize member service, character development, the mission statement and to work with membership retention and promotion.
Leaders who enforce pool rules:
- Receive Free training and certification (a $250 value)
- Receive Free YMCA membership to all YMCA gyms
Work flexible schedules
- Receive opportunities for career advancement
- Models the core values of Caring, Honest, Respect and Responsibility; implements character development and the YMCA core values in all programs and all aspects of center operations.
- Continuously scan the pool (every 10 seconds), whirlpool and sauna areas, checking for safe conditions.
- Must maintain high level of alertness at all times.
- Staff may be videotaped for safety audit purposes and ongoing training.
- Will be required to complete 2 hours of in-service training a month.
- Position may require environment changes (outdoor to indoor, humid environments).
- Will be required to participate in ongoing training that will be held during operational hours (operational manikin drops, pool safety checks, CPR checks).
- Enforce all posted rules and any other rules that are required to ensure the safety of all participants.
- Must constantly watch the pool and have a rescue tube, whistle, emergency button, and supplemental oxygen barrier mask ready and available at all times, actively scanning 10 x 10. Lifeguard is not to do secondary duties in place of scanning their zone of protection.
- Make sure that the pool deck is free of clutter and perform all maintenance duties assigned by Aquatic Director.
- Test pool chemical levels and report changes to Aquatics Director immediately.
Fill out all Y accident and incident reports completely and turn into the Aquatics Director.
- Responsible for opening and closing procedures.
- Responsible for maintaining the continuity of lap swim and moving participants accordingly.
- Must be able to be a team player with all staff.
- Must notify appropriate staff of any unsafe conditions, needed repairs, complaints, accidents, or injuries immediately.
- Must participate in special events within the Aquatics Department and may include events facility-wide.
- Must participate in events benefiting the Annual Mission campaign.
- Must be 16 years of age.
- Tread water for 2 minutes, no hands
- Swim 250 yards without stopping using a variety of specific strokes
- Swim to the bottom of a 9-12 foot pool.
- Sprint 25 yards, retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool, tread water with the object for 1 minute, climb out of the pool without using a ladder or other assistance.
- Perform 100 chest compressions on a mannequin.
- Able to relate and work with diverse groups of people in a friendly and consistent manner.