Lifeguard (Part Time/ Full Time)

River Valley YMCA

job description

The YMCA Lifeguard aquatics role is more than a job and is a critical role at the YMCA. A Lifeguard provides a safe, customer friendly, fun environment for kids and families through observing pool activities. At the aquatic pools we have a passion for having a positive impact on children.

As an Aquatics Lifeguard you support water safety and play with kids and families by surveying the pool activities. You will have fun while supporting a safe environment so kids can enjoy swimming in the pool.

Our goal in the YMCA aquatics Lifeguard program is to provide kids with a safe, fun space in the water to thrive. If you want to make a positive impact on children the aquatics lifeguard role is the adventure for you. The aquatics lifeguard is a hero through inspecting pool equipment and calmly responding to emergencies.

The aquatics lifeguard role is a great job for students, someone who has retired or someone in the community who wants to make a difference in the lives of youth!

Apply today for the YMCA aquatics lifeguard program and ask us about your next adventure and join our team of passionate Community Leaders!

Requirements and Opportunities:

• Minimum age of 18 preferred (limited shifts available for ages 16-17)

• Experience swimming – we will train Lifeguarding and rescue techniques!

• Work with diverse kids and families in a group setting

• Monday-Saturday

o 5:00am – 10:00pm with flexibility when needs change

Benefits include:

• YMCA of the North membership

• YMCA Program Discounts for your family

1.  Job Summary:  

The Lifeguard is responsible for supervising the aquatics area to prevent accidents, assist swimmers, and respond to emergencies.  The incumbent will create a safe, enjoyable and positive atmosphere that promotes participant safety and satisfaction in accordance with the YMCA policies and procedures.  The Lifeguard will oversee multiple activities including but not limited to open swim, water exercise, swim lessons, lap swimming, and boating.

2.  Essential Functions:

  • Maintain constant surveillance of the pool or area/body of water, know/review all emergency procedures and respond to emergency situations immediately.

  • Perform first aid when necessary and complete appropriate incident/accident reports.

  • Know, understand, and consistently communicate policies and guidelines for the pool, body of water or whirlpool.

  • Attend monthly in-service trainings.

 3.  Relationships:

This position reports to the Sr. Coordinator/ Program Director who reports to the Executive Director, Branch Director, or Program Director.  The incumbent interacts regularly with their supervisor, staff, volunteers, and participants.

4.  Qualifications:


  • Minimum age of 16.

  • Current nationally accredited lifeguard certification (applicable for body of water being guarded).

  • Current BLS and First Aid certifications. 

  • Certification required within 45 days of hire: Oxygen Administration (may not guard until certification is complete).

  • Physically perform all skills required of a lifeguard.

  • Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere in the zone of responsibility, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • See and observe all sections of an assigned zone of responsibility, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize swimmers in need of assistance.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, respond and remedy unsafe situations.

  • Ability to communicate with all ages and levels of swimmers

  • Ability to work with diverse populations and ages.

  • Dedicated to member safety and the mission and philosophy of the YMCA

 5.  Work Conditions:

  • Ability to pass lifeguard water test.

  • Must be able to remain alert with no lapses of consciousness in a cold or warm environment with air temperatures of up to 80 degrees or higher.

  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods.

  • Ability to perceive, identify and respond to signs of distress.

  • Ability to recognize and react calmly and effectively in hazardous/dangerous situations.

  • Observe all areas of the water with clear vision.

  • Perform all needed rescues and survival skills.

  • Be able to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue, including swimming quickly, supporting adult body weight while swimming as far as 50 feet, and removing adult body weight from the water.

  • Communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.

  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time.

 6.  Additional Notes:

 This job description represents the major functions of the position but is not intended to be all-inclusive. The incumbent is also responsible for taking direction from branch representatives in completing projects or performing duties deemed necessary for the location or Association’s success.

contact information

business: River Valley YMCA
contact: Dorothy Lerma
address: 13850 Portland Ave.
Burnsville, MN 55337
phone: 952-230-6697 (Call Now)