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YMCA of Greater Boston Lifeguard & Swim Instructor in Dorchester, Massachusetts

Job Description

YMCA OF GREATER BOSTON: Lifeguard and Aquatics Instructor- Full Time


Under the supervision of the Aquatics Director, this position is responsible for guarding the pool and for teaching swim lessons under the YMCA of the USA model. Lifeguards will ensure the safety of all patrons, enforcing pool rules, and implementing the branch EAP as needed. Swim instructors should have experience teaching swim lessons and enjoy working with people, especially children as many lesson opportunities are with children.

Base Pay

$13.00-$17.00 / Hour

Employee Type

Full Time

Job Category

Aquatics , Swim Instructor, Youth Development


Management, Aquatics

Minimum Experience

1 Year

Maximum Experience

5 Years

Required Degree

High School

Manage Others


Position Title: Aquatics Lifeguard and Instructor


  1. Provide excellent member service by exceeding member expectations.

  2. Prevent emergencies by scanning the pool in a continuous and consistent manner.

  3. Recognize emergencies or potential incidents and address them immediately

  4. Know and activate the branch and pool EAP when needed.

  5. Perform assists or rescues as needed

  6. Provide care such as, CPR, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen as needed.

  7. Complete incident reports in a timely and effective manner

  8. Enforce pool rules. Handle issues as they arise in a professional manner.

  9. Ensure a clean and safe pool environment at all times.

  10. When off the stand, assist with cleaning and testing of the pool.

  11. Maintain a clear and consistent line of communication with all supervisors.

  12. Participate in all branch safety and quality drills

  13. Attend all required monthly and yearly in-service trainings

  14. Arrive 10 minutes prior to start of scheduled shift.

  15. Incorporate all five-program components into each lesson: personal safety, water orientation/stroke development, water sports and games, rescue and personal growth.

  16. All instructors must start and end classes on time.

  17. Maintain control and safety of the class. Keep a watchful eye on everyone in the class. All children in flotation should always be within arm’s reach, and never turn your back on a class.

  18. Make sure all doors are securely locked when a lifeguard is not on duty. Never leave the pool unattended.

  19. All change in hours will be in writing and signed by consenting parties. You are responsible for finding your own coverage.

  20. Engage in active listening with members in order to build relationships, understand each individual’s goals and interests and take the initiative to assist in the achievement of those goals.

  21. Maintain a professional image and manner consistent with the YMCA mission and goals at all times.

  22. All other duties as assigned.

YMCA Competencies (Multi-Team or Branch Leader):

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCA’s efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.

Collaboration: Develops strategies to ensure staff and volunteers reflect the community. Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the YMCA. Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.



¨ High school Diploma or GED

¨ At least 18 years of age, with YMCA Lifeguarding certification. If Red Cross certified, the employee must cross over to YMCA certification within six months of hire.

¨ At least two years experience in instruction of a wide variety of Aquatics programs and pool maintenance.

¨ Must be aware of YMCA movement and trends in the aquatic field and must continue to enhance his/her knowledge in YMCA Aquatic Management and certifications.


¨ Physically and verbally able to interact with members and staff.

¨ At times, be able to lift up to 50 lbs