FT Lead Lifeguard: Dowd YMCA

Job Description:

Date posted: November 14, 2022

Location: 400 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC, USA


Under the supervision of the Aquatics Director and in accordance with the Christian mission of the YMCA, the Lead Lifeguard is responsible for ensuring the safety of facility patrons by preventing and responding to emergencies and for assisting the Aquatics Director in recruiting, training, and supervising lifeguard staff and in managing Aquatics programming and facilities.



Serve as a lifeguard during hours of operation, ensuring the safety of facility patrons.
Act as an extension of aquatics leadership while by modeling appropriate behaviors and providing feedback to teammates as appropriate to ensure safe, efficient pool operations.
Provide and model excellent customer service skills, practicing empathy and understanding while supporting pool operations and enforcing all of the facility’s policies, rules, and regulations.
Assist in managing the lifeguard work/shift schedule.
Recognize and respond effectively to emergencies.
Respond to patron inquiries and concerns and provide Branch information as needed.
Inspect the aquatic facility on a daily schedule and report unsafe conditions and equipment to supervisor.
Complete records and reports regarding the following: attendance, water chemistry,  incidents and accidents.
Assist with staff meetings and in-service training and maintain records of content and participation.
Assist with ensuring lifeguards are properly scanning pool at all times (to include silhouette drops).
Assist with new lifeguard staff orientation and provide feedback to staff when appropriate.
Assist with ensuring current lifeguard certifications are maintained.
Assist Aquatics Director in overseeing and maintaining facilities, equipment, and supplies.
Assist Aquatics Director in planning and implementing aquatics programming & improvements.



Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s 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.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.



Must be at least 18 years of age.
Minimum of  three (3) years lifeguarding experience or relevant aquatics staff management experience.
Minimum of one (1) year experience with YMCA or similar organization.
Preferred candidates will have and maintain current certifications for YMCA or American Red Cross. Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid (American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer, American Heart Association Health Care Provider, Oxygen Administration and AED. If ARC Lifeguard certified, must cross over to YMCA Lifeguard within 30 days of hire.
Preferred candidates will have and maintain Lifeguard Instructor Certification, YMCA swim Instructor or Red Cross equivalents.
Preferably holds Certified Pool Operators license or will obtain one within 60-90 days of employment.
Must successfully complete at least two hours of practical guarding at branch prior to first shift.



Ability to pass lifeguard water test.
Must be able to remain alert with no lapses of consciousness in a warm environment with air temperatures of 80 degrees or higher.
Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Audible awareness of noises and distress signals in surroundings.
Observe all areas of the pool with clear vision.
Perform all needed rescues and survival skills.
Communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in in a dynamic, potentially loud environment.
Perform all needed rescues, resuscitation and survival skills.
Think in abstract, solve problems and make quick decisions.
Act swiftly in an emergency.

How to Apply

Please apply via the YMCA website using this link:


Contact Information

Victoria Queen