Lifeguard, Downtown YMCA, Dayton, Ohio

YMCA of Greater Dayton

Expiration Date:    April 26, 2013


$8.00 - $8.25/ hour

General Function

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director and in accordance with the Christian nature and purpose of the YMCA of Greater Dayton, the Lifeguard is responsible for maintaining safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck and surrounding areas.

Essential Functions

The incumbent must have the competencies, relationship building skills, and proven leadership ability to successfully carry out his/her duties in accordance with the YMCA’s mission and strategic plan of the association for serving the community. An understanding of the YMCA as a membership driven organization is a must. Other important competencies of the Lifeguard include the following:

  • Maintains constant observation of the pool area.
  • Ensures safety by communicating and enforcing any pool rules, policies and guidelines at participants’ comprehension level.
  • Ensures safety by checking for hazardous conditions and making sure all safety equipment is properly placed and in proper working condition.
  • Responds to emergency situations in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures for any situation, including first aid or CPR, work-related employee injuries, etc. Completes incident and accident reports as required.
  • Follows all aquatics employee rules, dress code, policies and guidelines.
  • Knows and administers the appropriate EAP (emergency action plan) for any situation, including first aid or CPR, work-related employee injuries, etc.
  • Maintains and records accurate records including: pool chemical readings, first aid kit supplies, and pool equipment.
  • Adds chemicals to pool if necessary.
  • Maintains a clean environment by following and recording proper cleaning procedures.
  • Inspects pool and rescue equipment for safety hazards, damage or wear.
  • Sets up and stores equipment and assists other employees with event set up.
  • Practices rescue and fitness drills regularly.
  • Promotes aquatics and other YMCA programs.
  • Communicates to direct supervisor any concerns, needed repairs, or incidents that may need follow-up.
  • Communicates any suggestions to improve the aquatics facility.
  • Takes an active role in the annual Strong Kids Campaign.
  • Follows membership retention practices of the branch.
  • Is courteous and gives sincere attention to members by answering questions.
  • Knows the names of members and uses their names when speaking with them.
  • Upholds guidelines as outlined in the Employee Handbook of the Association.
  • Maintains appropriate records.
  • Attends designated trainings and staff meetings.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Aquatics Director or Management Staff.


Education and Certifications – Must be at least 16 years of age. High school diploma or GED preferred. Certification requirements include CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and must hold current YMCA Lifeguard certification (or hold a valid Red Cross Lifeguard certification and attend YMCA Crossover within 90 days of employment). Blood Bourne Pathogens, New Employee Orientation, and Child Abuse Prevention training is required within first 90 days of employment. Blood Bourne Pathogens and Child Abuse Prevention must be renewed every 12 months.

Experience – Six months or more of related lifesaving experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities – With an understanding of the YMCA organization, persons in this position must be able to display sound judgment and decision making skills. Must possess an understanding of overall pool operations and protocol. Must have excellent lifesaving skills and the ability to perform all lifesaving actions in accordance with training and guidelines in order to perform a satisfactory rescue. Must be observant, safety conscious and be able to react calmly and quickly in an emergency situation. Must have ability to stay alert to potential safety and security problems. Must have excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills. Must have the ability to relate to people in a positive, but firm manner.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is regularly required to stand and walk for long periods of time, to talk and hear, to sit, to bend and reach, to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, to climb or balance, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Must have the ability to swim 500 yards without stopping. Must have the ability to retrieve a brick from the bottom of the deep end of the pool.

 To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Karisa Steed, Program Director, at the Downtown YMCA Branch.

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