May 09, 2024

Aquatics Director

  • YMCA of Greater St Petersburg
  • St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Full time Aquatic Director

Job Description

The Aquatics Director is responsible for ensuring a safe aquatic experience for all swimmers at the Jim & Heather Gills YMCA branch. This position will hire, train and assist either directly or indirectly in the continued certification for all aquatic staff members. In addition, this person will develop, expand and grow all aquatic programs and membership goals as they relate to aquatic participation.

Essential Functions

  • Direct and administer total operation of the Aquatics Department for assigned branch including the interpretation and execution of established policies, the development of procedures and methods, staffing, evaluation of the effectiveness of the programs and operation.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs aquatics personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Ensures all aquatic staff are in compliance with YMCA certifications as required by YUSA and association policies.
  • Trains and supervises lifeguards to certification standards.
  • Monitors daily pool operations to adhere to all state, local and YMCA health and safety regulations as well as the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg Aquatics Standards of Operation (SOP).
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program.
  • Works in conjunction with Facilities Director to ensure proper maintenance of pool. Secures and schedules pool facilities. Maintains accurate records of pool chemical levels and facility maintenance.
  • Holds in-service trainings with aquatic staff as requested by branch leadership and as required by association aquatic policies.
  • Coordinates the Association aquatic trainings including CPR/AED, First Aid, Oxygen, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Annual Association Lifeguard training, etc. in collaboration with Human Resources.
  • Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
  • Plans and conducts a wide variety of aquatic programs and activities that maximize the facilities, support the Cause and enhance membership.
  • Represents and promotes the YMCA in the local community and develops positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities.
  • Develops and monitors program budget to meet fiscal objectives.
  • Keeps Association staff up to date with Y-USA and other Aquatic alerts and recommendations as well as collecting and reviewing aquatic best practices.
  • Participates as required by branch leadership in DOD (Director on Duty) building coverage
  • Assists in YMCA fund raising activities and other special events.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent.
  • Minimum two years related experience preferred; for example, as an aquatics coordinator or supervisor.
  • Must hold and maintain trainer level, current certifications in Lifeguarding, Swim Instruction, First-aid and CPR-Pro, AED and Oxygen Administration. Additional YMCA aquatics certifications are a plus.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse group of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Must be able to operate standard recreational, office and computer equipment.
  • Must be capable of working under pressure as well as organizing and planning efficiently.
  • Must have the physical endurance to sit or stand for extended periods of time indoors or outdoors. May be required to maintain continual physical endurance for 15-30 minutes of aerobic activity. Must possess auditory and verbal capabilities in order to monitor environment and swimmers well-being.

Salary range 50-55k, commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits including health, dental, vision & life insurance, facility usage, before and after school child care, generous paid time off and YMCA-paid retirement upon eligibility. Clear criminal history and drug screen required.

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