Sonoma County Family YMCA

1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 545-9622

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Lifeguard I/Lifeguard II

Job Type: Part Time

Category: Aquatics

Compensation: Hourly: $13.00-$15.00


Main Facility and Cloverdale Pool

Job Description

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Lifeguard I Job Description

Lifeguard II Job Description

Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and promotes safety in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Builds positive relationships with members and program participants through effective listening and verbal skills and creatively finds ways to connect them to one another and the Y community. Supports other Aquatics staff and demonstrates the ability to work as a team.

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 an 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 quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  • Y Membership
  • Discount on Y Programs
  • Reduction on recertification costs

Job Requirements


  • Minimum age depending on the position (Lifeguard I/Lifeguard II)
  • Lifeguarding experience depending on the position (Lifeguard I/Lifeguard II)
  • Required Certifications: American Red Cross or YMCA Lifeguard Certificate, American Red Cross First Aid for the Public Safety Personnel (Title 22), and American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certificate.
  • Ability to maintain certification-level physical and mental readiness
  • Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA & Red Cross standards

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintains constant surveillance of the pool area, using proper scanning technique (10x10).
  • Is prepared to be the first responder to all medical emergencies in the building in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.
  • Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state health department code
  • Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed
  • Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving
  • Performs chemical testing when not guarding, as required, and takes appropriate action
  • Identifies and celebrates the successes of members and program participants
  • Attends all staff meetings and in-service training
  • Maintains a safe and clean aquatic deck area, including but not limited to: picking up equipment after open swim use, picking up trash, and cleaning the deck and other areas at appropriate times.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility. Candidates must understand that significant background noise exists in all indoor and outdoor aquatic environments. In addition, lifeguard candidates should have a minimum hearing threshold of no more than an average of a 25-decibel loss in both ears over a range of frequencies (500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz, 788 and 3000Hz). Candidates who use hearing aids or other corrective devices for hearing should be able to perform all rescue skills and emergency procedures without interruptions to adjust, retrieve, or install or attach a hearing aid or corrective device.

Observe all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility. Candidates who use corrective eyewear should be able to perform all rescue skills and emergency procedures without interruptions to adjust, clear, or retrieve corrective eyewear. Remain alert with no lapses of consciousness.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral vision.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and risk of electrical shock. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts.

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