Head Lifeguard

Why should you apply?

  • Retirement Plans
  • YMCA Membership
  • Health Insurance Benefits
  • TOP Time (Time off with pay)


Indian Valley Family YMCA


Ellington, CT 06029

Job Description

Ensure a safe, clean and enjoyable aquatic environment for YMCA members and participants. Coordinate schedules, train, and orient lifeguard staff. Ensure that the aquatic environment is safe, healthy and maintained. Ensure safety of all individuals in the pool area, enforce all pool rules, recognize and respond to emergency situations, perform emergency care and contact emergency assistance when required.


  • 18 years of age with current YMCA or ARC Lifeguard, CPR for Professional Rescuer and First Aid certifications with 2 years of related experience.
  • Ability to see and hear individuals and alarms in pool/pool area.
  • Ability to use chemistry test kit.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform activities that require sustained concentration and attention.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as the leader of a work team of guards and instructors as required. Ensure proper coverage, develop schedules, orient and train personnel. Assist in the recruitment and development of staff.
  • Ensure safety and prevent injuries by supervising pool area. Scan pool and pool area every 10 seconds and react immediately to signs of individuals in distress. Maintain all aquatics/pools standards and rules.
  • Ensure no distraction or interference with the ability to hear or see signs of distress.
  • Ensure a safe, clean environment for staff and customers by picking up all paper, hair, pins, towels and items in pool area.
  • Ensure that pool staffing is within YMCA standards before leaving the area or performing maintenance items. Ensure security upon arrival and departure.
  • Perform pool maintenance duties in accordance with OSHA Hazardous Materials Precautions. Hose down pool deck, put away all equipment. Perform water quality testing.
  • Administer first aid to victims using OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Universal Precautions. Provide immediate care to sustain life until Emergency Medical Service arrives.
  • Inform supervisor and staff of equipment need, water chemistry and temperature.
  • Maintain current certifications. Maintain physical fitness. Perform endurance swims, rescue procedures upon request.
  • Consistently provide friendly, courteous assistance, exceeding customers’ expectations every day, which includes building and maintaining healthy professional relationships with parents, children, host agencies, and staff.


  • Participate as a part of the aquatics staff team in providing a safe and enjoyable environment. Respect others by arriving on time and in accordance with schedule. Wear proper attire and whistle in accordance with YMCA standards. Attend staff meetings and trainings as required:
  • Provide excellent service to members and participants. Communicate all pool rules and ensure that you are accessible and identifiable.
  • Maintain pool logs, pool updates and incident reports.
  • May be required to pursue POOL Operator or CPO certification and backwash pool filtration system and monitor pool chemicals.



How to Apply

Apply Online

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Resumes Accepted Until

Feb. 29, 2020

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