Head Lifeguard, Full Time, Middle Tyger YMCA

YMCA of Greater Spartanburg Duncan, SC $14.52 to $21.28 per hour

Head Lifeguard Job Description

OUR CULTURE: 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. More than anything else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

 GENERAL FUNCTION: Under the direction of the Director, the Head Lifeguard is responsible for the scheduling, reviewing, and training of all lifeguards as well as providing a safe environment for all participants in and around the pool. 85-90% of the time will be dedicated to being the head lifeguard on duty. The remaining time will be spent assisting the Director with administrative tasks pertinent to successful operation of the Aquatics Department and programming.

EFFECTS ON END RESULTS: Success in this position will result in quality programs with an increase in participants along with higher member satisfaction and respect for YMCA Aquatic activities resulting in a positive experience for all members and staff.



·         Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent.

·          Must have all necessary Red Cross Aquatic Certifications . Including but not limited to: Blood borne Pathogens, Lifeguard and Professional Rescuer/CPR/FIRST AID/AED/O2, and YSL v6 Swim Lesson Instructor is preferred.

·          Must have good interpersonal relationship skills.

·          Must be initiative-taking and be able to work as part of a team.

·          Must believe in the mission of the YMCA and be able to exhibit the mission statement in both personal and professional life.



·         Know and follow the YMCA mission statement. “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.â€

·         Know and model the four Core Values of the YMCA: Caring, Responsibility, Respect, Honesty.

·         Exemplify the YMCA Cause-Our Mission in Action by showing up to work: Welcoming, Genuine Hopeful, Nurturing and Determined.

·          Extend courtesy and respect to all members and guests of the YMCA.

·          Complete all pertinent YMCA trainings associated with the position, as outlined by the Director within 30 days of employment.

·          Maintain a cheerful outlook about the YMCA both on and off the premises.

·          Assist with ensuring all YMCA Aquatics staff are trained to meet the expectations and requirements of their job description.

·          Assist in ensuring program quality expectations are met in Aquatics.


·         Must be computer proficient using Microsoft Office software programs and previous experience with database software programs.

·         Practice preventive lifeguard procedures by following and policies and completing a routine check of pool and deck area.

·         Engage in positive public relations with participants.

·          Assist in preparation and facilitation of all lifeguard in-services/training, staff meetings and assigned guard drills.

·         Support decision and policies with fellow lifeguards, supervisors, and participants.

·         Check and record water.

·         Practice preventive lifeguard procedures by following and enforcing pool rules and policies and completing a routine check of the pool, hot area, and deck area.

·         Engage in positive public relations with participants.

·         Perform rescues and emergency procedures in accordance with facility policies.

·         Attend all trainings, staff meetings, and assigned guard drills.

·         Support decisions and policies with fellow lifeguards, supervisors, and participants.

·         Check and record water temperature and chemical levels and notify supervisor of any irregularities.

·         Maintain and properly log accurate statistics per DHEC regulations daily.

·         Document all accidents/incidents on proper form and report to supervisor immediately.

·         Perform all maintenance as assigned.

·         Perform other duties at the request of the Director as related to the Head Lifeguard position.

·         Assists the Director in the planning and execution of high-quality programs to meet community needs through innovative program development, evaluations, and ongoing training of Staff.

·         Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information.

·         Ensures staff completes all trainings.

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