Aquatics Associate

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Job Description

Under the guidance of the Lifeguard Manager, the Aquatics Associate maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. The Aquatics Associate creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA, Jeff Ellis & Associates, and the State of Michigan policies and procedures. The Aquatics Associate is responsible for lifeguarding and swim instruction, as well as for promoting safety in our branches by providing CPR and First Aid training to all staff, as required. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen. 
  • Current Jeff Ellis & Associates Lifeguard license, Jeff Ellis & Associates Lifeguard Instructor license preferred.
  • Current YMCA Swim Instructor certification or equivalent preferred.
  • Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness at all times.
  • Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA & Jeff Ellis & Associates standards at all times.
  • Two years of experience lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons preferred.
  • Must complete training to be an Ellis Lifeguard Instructor within 6 months of hire.
  • Complete Y Swim Lesson instructor training within 6 months of hire.
Essential Functions
  • Maintains active surveillance of the pool area including utilizing “10/20” and the “5-minute strategy”, ensuring that the pool is never left unattended. Ensures that fellow staff is following proper guidelines and correct them when needed.
  • Knows/reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies, procedures, and Jeff Ellis & Associates. Completes related reports as required.
  • Maintains effective, positive relationships with the members, participants and other staff.
  • Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area. Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Model Aquatic Health Code and/or the State of Michigan Health Department code.
  • Instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly.
  • Build effective, authentic relationships with students and parents; help them connect with each other and the YMCA. Inform parents if any difficulties arise and keep them informed of student’s accomplishments. Encourage parent involvement and identify potential volunteers.
  • Convey information on aquatics programs and schedules and as appropriate refer students and parents to other programs.
  • Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
  • Performs chemical testing when not guarding, as required, and takes appropriate action.
  • Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving and alerts supervisor if unsafe conditions exist that require closing the pool for the safety of the members.
  • Assist with all branch Aquatic Department in-services.
  • Provide CPR and First Aid instruction in the branch for all employees.
  • Maintain records as required (i.e. attendance, progress reports, etc.).
  • Attends all staff meetings and in-service training.  
  • Does not engage in any activity which will distract from scanning the pool (including, but not limited to: reading, tv watching, eating, text messaging, cell phone use, use of headphones, extended conversations with members, participants or co-workers, or sleeping).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.