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Job Title: Aquatics Team Member                                   Base Pay Rate: $12.50-15.00/hour

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt                             

Status: Part Time                                                               Revision Date: 02/18/2022

Reports to: Director of Aquatics                                         Primary Function/Department: Aquatics




This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Under the supervision of the Director of Aquatics, the Head Lifeguard will be responsible for ensuring  the safety of all aquatic participants in and around the pool area and maintaining a safe pool environment in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. 



The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs, services, and relationships that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.  The Core Values of the YMCA are Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.  At the Bloomington-Normal YMCA we are a team of employees dedicated to advancing the mission and values of the YMCA through service and support of all members in our unique community.



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: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.



Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Ys values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others. 

Relationships:  Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y’s work.

Communication: Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience.


  1. Practice preventative lifeguarding, maintaining constant surveillance of the pool area.
  2. Ensures quality programing and experiences to members and participants, provides member and participant feedback to the Director of Aquatics.
  3. Enforces pool rules and policies in accordance with the Aquatics Safety Plan.
  4. Oversees and assists in maintaining the cleanliness and safety of locker rooms.
  5. Supports and follows YMCA policies and answers member questions about the YMCA and its programs.
  6. Checks rescue equipment and first aid supplies in accordance with the Aquatics Safety Plan and reports any concerns to the Director of Aquatics.
  7. Serve as a primary responder in the event of injury, accident, or illness and follows safety protocols in response to emergencies.
  8. Reports any incidents or injuries in accordance with the Aquatic Safety Plan and/or Facility Emergency Plan.
  9. Follows and ensures proper rotation protocol.
  10. Exhibits professionalism in interactions with members, participants, and YMCA employees.
  11. Preparing for and teaching learn to swim programming.
  12. Continual evaluation of participant progress and keeping accurate records of skill level in accordance with program.
  13. All other duties as assigned based on departmental needs.



  1. Current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification (YMCA provided).
  2. Proficient in swimming and safety skills.
  3. Ability to maintain certification-level physical and mental readiness.
  4. Demonstrated lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards.



  1. Possession of Spanish language both written and spoken.



  1. May work in a warm, humid environment.
  2. May be required to sit, stand, stoop, or kneel for extended periods of time.
  3. May be in water ranging from 80-90 degrees for an extended period of time.
  4. May be exposed to pool and cleaning chemicals.
  5. Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure the safety of all swimmers.
  6. Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR, Oxygen and First Aid effectively.
  7. Physical mobility to properly use safety equipment to rescue a 200 pound person.
  8. Must be able to see, hear, and communicate clearly and be able to hear noises and distress signals in the aquatics environment.
  9. Able to read, write, and perform basic arithmetic to complete daily chemical logs.
  10. Swim with proficiency and endurance for possible rescues.
  11. Must be able to communicate clearly with members and staff.


The Bloomington-Normal YMCA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.