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Head Life Guard

Hastings, Minnesota (US)
Feb 11, 2019
Job Type
Full Time

Job Summary:

The Head Lifeguard is responsible for overseeing the aquatic area and providing work direction to staff while on duty.  The incumbent provides feedback in specified focus, responds to incidents, and interacts with parents and participants. The incumbent provides a high level of customer service and ensures a safe and positive pool environment.  

Essential Functions:

  • Assists with maintaining a safe aquatic area(s) which may include providing work direction to staff, providing real time feedback and noting suggestions and comments for their supervisor’s review.
  • Coordinates lifeguard placement and rotations during shift to ensure efficient guarding and safety.
  • May act as a lifeguard during Head Lifeguard shift modeling standards and expectations throughout shift.
  • Serves as first level contact responding and documenting incidents which may occur when other lifeguard staff need assistance.
  • Provides quality customer service to members and participants.
  • May assist with implementation of in-service training sessions.
  • Attend monthly in-service trainings.


This position reports to the Program Manager or Sr. Coordinator-Lifeguard and Safety. The incumbent interacts regularly with team members, parents, participants and members.  Provides daily technical work direction for lifeguards during scheduled shifts.



Qualifications: (Required)

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Minimum 6 months of experience in lifeguarding.
  • Current nationally accredited lifeguard certification (applicable for body of water being guarded).
  • Current BLS and First Aid certifications. 
  • Certification required within 45 days of hire: Oxygen Administration (may not guard until certification is complete).
  • Physically perform all skills required of a lifeguard.
  • Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere in the zone of responsibility, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • See and observe all sections of an assigned zone of responsibility, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize swimmers in need of assistance.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, respond and remedy unsafe situations.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and ages.
  • Ability to serve as a positive role model and provide constructive feedback.
  • Effective verbal communication skills
  • Dedicated to member safety and the mission and philosophy of the YMCA.


  • One (1) year experience in a YMCA setting.
  1. Competencies:
  • Values
  • Inclusion
  • Relationships
  • Decision Making
  • Quality Results
  • Communication
  • Functional Expertise

Work Conditions:

  • Ability to pass lifeguard water test.
  • Must remain in the pool area at all times.
  • Must be able to remain alert with no lapses of consciousness in a warm environment with air temperatures of 80 degrees or higher.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to perceive, identify and respond to signs of distress.
  • Ability to recognize and react calmly and effectively in hazardous/dangerous situations.
  • Observe all areas of the pool with clear vision.
  • Be in water ranging from 80-90 degrees for one to four hours.
  • Be able to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue, including swimming quickly, supporting adult body weight while swimming as far as 50 feet, and removing adult body weight from the pool.
  • Communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.
  • Perform all needed rescues and survival skills.
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time.


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