Seasonal Lifeguard, Polk County, NC

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg Columbus, NC $13.20 to $15.89 per hour

The Lifeguard is under the direct supervision of the Aquatic Director, Aquatic Coordinator, and Head Lifeguard.  The Lifeguard is responsible for the supervision, control, and safety of all participants during any pool activity through preventative guarding methods.



  • Lifeguard must hold current Red Cross and/or YMCA Lifeguard certification or comparable national cert.
  • Lifeguard must be certified in CPR for the Pro Rescuer and First Aid
  • Must be at least 16 years of age and in high school or graduated
  • Must be able to complete any and all required trainings and employee application process as well as any other required certifications as the job progresses
  • Must be able to make sound decisions in a stressful aquatics environment
  • Lifting up to 100 pounds may be required
  • Working around chemicals may be required


Required Tasks:

  • Remain alert with no lapses in consciousness
  • Sit for extended periods in elevated chair or standing at edge of deck  while on duty
  • Move to various locations, including in and around elevated chair
  • Communicate verbally, including projecting his/her voice across distances, and communicate swiftly and effectively with emergency personnel over the phone and in person
  • Hear noises and distress signals in and aquatic environment with background noise
  • Swim 300 continuous yards of freestyle and breaststroke
  • Think in the abstract, solve problems, make decisions, instruct, evaluate, supervise, and remember
  • Operate as a team with other lifeguards and YMCA staff as well as independently



  • Provide supervision and high safety standard during all swimming activities
  • Administer swim tests, place and care for Swim-safe bands
  • Assist in maintaining cleanliness of pool, deck, and locker rooms
  • Participate in monthly in-service training and any other activities pertinent to position
  • Maintain current Lifeguard, CPR PRO, and First Aid certifications
  • Test the PH, free chlorine level, and water temperature
  • Engage in positive relations with members and guests
  • Know all emergency procedures
  • Maintain a professional appearance and attitude at all times
  • Report for duty on time and be prepared to guard
  • No eating meals, reading, phone use, or studying on duty
  • Perform designated tasks in a timely manner
  • Secure a sub in the event of illness or emergency and notify Supervisor(s)
  • Perform any additional tasks as delegated by Aquatics Director,  Coordinator, or Head Guard for the overall benefit of Aquatic Department and YMCA
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