Lifeguards and Swim Instructors provide excellent customer service while maintaining safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck and surrounding areas. Our Aquatics team members create a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with the YMCA of Central Florida policies and procedures.
Why choose the YMCA?
- We offer a competitive wage plan that starts at a minimum of $15.00 per hour for lifeguards and swim instructors - Plus any related experience will be factored in addition to the new base rates!
- Certification training classes provided if you're not currently certified as a lifeguard.
- Flexible scheduling that promotes work/life balance
- Free/Discounted YMCA membership and other employee perks
- Immediate openings, career growth, and year-round part-time or seasonal positions available.
- The Y is a cause-driven organization that provides a challenging and fun work environment with creative, talented and diverse individuals!
Are you Interested? Read further and find out!
Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you. We are the Y.
- Maintain constant surveillance of the pool area using constant scanning techniques to achieve a 10x10 reaction time and dealing with redirection and warnings in a timely manner. Remain alert and attentive to all swimmers while on guard.
- Know and review all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with the YMCA of Central Florida policies and procedures.
- Know, understand and consistently apply safety rules, policies and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.
- Greet and develop effective relationships with the members, participants and other staff.
- Assist in the retention of existing members and engagement of new members by informing them of the Family Center aquatic programs, including lap swimming, swim lessons, swim team and group exercise classes.
- Ensure cleanliness of pool decks and aquatic areas. Check the pool for hazardous conditions.
- Attend all staff meetings, monthly in-services and trainings as required.
- Promote and represent the mission and core values of the YMCA of Central Florida in the Family Center and its programs.
- Minimum age 16 years old.
- Previous lifeguard experience a plus.
- Current Lifeguard certification required by Hire Date. (YMCA Lifeguard certification preferred; Red Cross Lifeguard certification is acceptable but must receive YMCA certification within 60 days). The Y is currently offering Lifeguard certification training classes for successfully hired individuals.
- Previous customer service experience preferred.
- Current CPR/AED and First Aid certifications required by Hire Date.
- Current Oxygen Administration certification required by Hire Date.
- Current Swim Instructor Certification required for Swim Instructors only - YSL (YMCA) Certification or WSI (American Red Cross)–w/crossover training.
- Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
- Desire and ability to work with people of all ages.
- Demonstrated responsibility and dependability.
- Must exhibit patience, sensitivity and understanding.
- Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, which may include weekends and holidays as needed.
- Must be willing to work an on-call schedule rotation as required.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
- Required to work outdoors for extended periods of time. May be exposed to extreme outdoor weather conditions and temperatures and to wet and/or humid conditions in swimming pool areas.
- Must possess auditory, verbal and visual capabilities in order to adequately communicate via phone and in person. Talking is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, with or without correction.
- Must possess the physical ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a professional water rescue.
- Must be able to work with hazardous chemicals (i.e., pool chemicals, cleaning solutions, disinfectants, etc.).
- Must possess the physical ability to pass a lifeguard water test and perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a professional water rescue.
- Must be alert at all times, keeping safety in mind. Must possess acceptable hearing and visual capabilities in order to monitor environment and members' well-being.
- May be required to sit or stand for extended periods of time while demonstrating manual dexterity in order to accurately work on the phone, computer keyboard, and other equipment.
- Must complete successful background screening, which includes criminal and employment verification.
- All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. The YMCA promotes an equal employment opportunity workplace which includes reasonable accommodation of otherwise qualified disabled applicants and employees. Please see your manager should you have any questions about this policy or these job duties.
- This job description may not be all-inclusive, and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and directed by management. Job descriptions and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by management.