YMCA of Greater Seattle

Aquatics III - Lead Lifeguard

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 3 days ago(9/28/2022 4:01 PM)
Regular Part-Time
# of Openings
Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA
1700 23rd Avenue
Minimum compensation
USD $20.00/Hr.


YGS has updated their Aquatics salary schedules!


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. 

Minimum compensation: $20.00/ hour.


What you'll get from working at The Y

  • Membership to the YMCA of Greater Seattle for you and your household
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance
  • Retirement with generous employer contributions
  • Free access to mental health resources
  • Rapidly-accruing paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire
  • Discounts on qualifying YMCA of Greater Seattle childcare and day camp programs

Some benefits only available to full-time staff


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.


As of March 12, 2022 COVID Vaccinations Requirements: Highly Recommended, Not Required.

*Certain programs may require proof of vaccination, in compliance with local state and federal guidelines. If applicable will be assigned within onboarding.


  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. Lifeguard certification – YMCA or Red Cross. *
  3. Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.
  4. Must be observant and able to react calmly, quickly and with good judgment in an emergency.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Current state approved first-aid certification.
  2. Current state approved CPR certification – Pro or Basic Life Support.
  3. YMCA of Greater Seattle scanning training or equivalent*
  4. Knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).
  5. 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.


Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.


Expected Hours of Work: Various shifts available- Opening on weekdays and weekends. Closing on weekday and weekends.


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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