YMCA of Greater Seattle

Aquatics III - Lead Lifeguard

Job Locations US-WA-Shoreline
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/4/2022 4:39 PM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Dale Turner Family YMCA
19290 Aurora Avenue
Minimum compensation
USD $18.22/Hr.


Our Commitment to Equity
The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.


Job Summary

Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, on deck, and surrounding areas.  Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.  May open or close the pool as a regular assignment.  Provides leadership as needed in the absence of a Supervisor and/or Director. 


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to providing a positive atmosphere that prioritizes safety and inclusivity for all employees. The YMCA of Greater Seattle has implemented safety standards and protocols related to preventative health measures based on CDC and local health department guidelines.


YGS will comply with all WA State mandates regarding COVID vaccinations.


All YGS staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID regardless of work location. Religious and Medical Exemptions will be considered at time of hire.


  1. Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, on deck and surrounding areas. Prevents accidents by maintaining constant observation of the pool area, enforcing health and safety rules and maintaining emergency readiness.  May perform duties related to opening or closing the pool.
  2. Provides leadership and direction to Assistant Lifeguards as needed. May act as aquatics “lead” on shifts as needed in the absence of a Coordinator and/or Director.
  3. Develops positive relationships with participants and parents.
  4. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.
  5. Knows/reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Completes related reports as required.
  6. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.
  7. Performs chemical testing when not guarding , as required, and takes appropriate action.
  8. Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
  9. Performs routine maintenance of the pool and surrounding areas to ensure cleanliness.
  10. Checks pool and rescue equipment and promptly reports any problems.
  11. Sets up and stores equipment for recreational swims and assists instructors with set up.
  12. Maintains aquatic program areas and equipment with a high attention to cleanliness and safety.
  13. Encourages member and parent involvement and identifies potential volunteers.
  14. Conveys basic information on YMCA programs and schedules to members and, as appropriate, refers members to other YMCA programs and/or staff.
  15. Other duties as assigned.


  1. 18 or more years of age.
  2. Current state approved first-aid certification.
  3. Current state approved CPR certification – Pro or Basic Life Support.
  4. Lifeguard certification – YMCA or Red Cross. *
  5. YMCA of Greater Seattle scanning training or equivalent*
  6. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

  7. Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.
  8. Must be observant and able to react calmly, quickly and with good judgment in an emergency.
  9. Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.   


* If Red Cross certified, must complete Y Lifeguard certification class within 90 days of hire.


Shifts include: Weekday Mornings, Weekday nights and weekends.


*YGS is currently offering a "New Hire $600 Sign-On Cash Incentive"!
As of October 6th new Full-time and Part-time employees will receive a $600 bonus, which will be paid in one lump sum, after working 120 hours.


You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y if you

  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment.
  • Are very adaptable.
  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic.
  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet.
  • Truly enjoy being of service to people.
  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together.
  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all.

Our Mission

Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.


YMCA of Greater Seattle's Core Values

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Passion for Excellence

YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.


All job offers are contingent on the results of a background check. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.


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