Aquatics Director

Job Description

As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y offers more than just a job. We offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community. We are seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, Aquatics Director that will oversee all aquatics operations. This includes the management of programs, facilities, volunteer and staff development and financial development. Schedule will include some evening and weekend hours



  • Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate work experience in Aquatics and/or recreation preferred
  • Current Lifeguarding Certification, which includes First Aid, CPR professional level, and Emergency Oxygen Administration (YMCA Lifeguardingpreferred)
  • 2 years of continuous experience in lifeguarding and instructing swim lessons in a group environment
  • Experience working with children and adults
  • Experience supervising and training adults
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Pool filtration and maintenance experience preferred
  • YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor certification preferred
  •  YMCA Lifeguard Instructor certification preferred
  • Supervising a staff team preferred
  • Experience managing a budget preferred
  • Completes required abuse risk management training. Adheres to policies and procedures related to appropriate boundaries with children. Monitors building, staff and members and reports suspicious or inappropriate behaviors and policy violations to supervisor. Follows mandated abuse reporting requirements to authorities.
Essential Functions


  • Uphold the mission of the YMCA, and demonstrate behaviors that reflect a determined, nurturing, genuine, hopeful, and welcoming nature
  • Support strategic direction/vision for operations of an indoor pool, aquatic programming, CPR/FA training.
  • Recruits, hires, trains and supervises aquatic staff including lifeguards,swim instructors, and water fitness instructors
  • Oversees development and delivery of quality aquatics programs including swim lessons and a diverse and inclusive water fitness schedule
  • Develop, manage and monitor department budget
  • Maintains records and prepares reports regarding programs and operations as needed; ensures compliance with all state and county regulations
  • Ensures excellent customer/member service and meet Association standards
  • Provides leadership and support to the annual fundraising campaign
  • Participates in branch leadership meetings and special event volunteer committees. Develop promotions that recruit and develop aquatic participants
  • Participates and provides leadership in Association Aquatics cabinet to ensure consistency and quality in aquatic programs and facilities
  • Establish vision and systems that ensure safety across all aquatic endeavors; lead collaboratively to provide systems that achieve sanitary conditions, safe environments, program excellence, and member service excellence


Successful performance in this position results in vibrant and safe aquatics programs and services that utilized to deliver the YMCA mission. Participants will encounter staff and programs that will allow the development of human potential and build good health and promote positive self-esteem and safety. Behaviors of staff and volunteers will reflect the characteristics of welcoming, nurturing, genuine, determined, and hopeful.


  • Ability to pass lifeguard water test.
  • Must be able to remain alert.
  • Tolerate heat and humidity for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods.
  • Adequate ability to hear noises and distinguish distress signals.
  • Ability to continuously scan all areas of the pool with clear vision.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue.
  • Ability to communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.