YMCA Lifeguard

YMCA Lifeguard Job Description & Interview

Job Description and Duties

What Does a YMCA Lifeguard Do?
A YMCA lifeguard monitors pool activities and ensures member safety. Lifeguards need to possess knowledge of rescue procedures and emergency medical procedures. To help prevent incidents, lifeguards must enforce all safety guidelines as outlined by the YMCA. To ensure safety, lifeguards must remain alert throughout an entire shift.

What Certifications are Necessary?

To gain a YMCA lifeguard job, applicant must hold lifeguard and CPR certification. A lifeguard may need to possess a pre-employment physical and a skills test. Additional job duties a lifeguard performs include preparing activity and incident reports and performing pool maintenance.

Salary and Compensation

How Much Do They Get Paid?
A YMCA lifeguard earns about $9.00 an hour on average. Pay typically varies by location and duration in the position. Some YMCA lifeguards may earn higher hourly wages. In addition to salary options, YMCA lifeguards can get lucrative employee benefits.

Additional Job Benefits

An eligible YMCA lifeguard receives paid time off, basic life insurance, medical and dental coverage, and 401(k) retirement plans. All YMCA lifeguards receive free club memberships, schedule flexibility, and free uniforms.


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YMCA Lifeguard Interview Video

Video Transcript

Interviewer: Please describe your job title and primary duties.
YMCA Employee: I was hired as a lifeguard at the Y. My primary duties involved opening up on the morning shift – check the chemicals in the pool, check the pH level, and I make sure the doors are open and the lights are on. And sometimes there’s a cleaner that’s under the pool, and I pull that out. And, other than that, I lifeguard and all that entails with lifeguarding.

Interviewer: What was the work environment like?
YMCA Employee: It’s really positive, everything is very neat, and everything is very organized.

Interviewer: What is your favorite part about working there?
YMCA Employee: My favorite part is just how everybody knows everybody, and it’s kind of like a community. People don’t know everything about each other, but they’re friendly to one another, and I really enjoy that.

Interviewer: Please describe a typical day as an employee.
YMCA Employee: I open, and they open really early, so they have members that come in and exercise and swim super early. It’s crazy – there are so many people. I come in at five-thirty, turn on the lights, and just open the pool, make sure the pool area is good for them to swim in. Then, for about three hours, I just lifeguard as normal. There are a lot of lap swimmers that come in every day, same time every day, same weekdays. They’ll swim from twenty minutes to an hour and a half. Then, there are classes later in the day. They have aerobics class for senior citizens, and there’s also classes for children, where moms bring their babies in and get them used to the water. And then there’s classes for five and six-year-olds to learn how to swim.

Interviewer: How would you describe the application and interview process?
YMCA Employee: You can print an application online and then turn it in at your local YMCA. As far as my application process, I called a couple times and asked for the aquatics director, left a message. The second time I called, I actually got a hold of her, and we arranged for an interview. The interview process was serious, but they were still really friendly. I was interviewed by the aquatics director as well as the director of the whole Y.

Interviewer: What questions did the interviewer ask during the job interview?
YMCA Employee: “What are your greatest strengths?”, “What are your greatest weaknesses?”, and “If you could rate your reliability on a scale of one to ten, what would it be?” The last question she asked was, “If you had a pan of Jell-O, how would you go about throwing it at the wall?” I think it was just like a break-the-ice question.

Interviewer: What other advice would you give a job seeker looking to gain employment?
YMCA Employee: They don’t pay as well because it’s not-for-profit. You’re not going to make a whole lot of money working there, but you’ll be making a difference, and it is a really good work environment.

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