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YMCA of Greater Boston Lifeguard - Weekends in Needham, Massachusetts

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Aquatics Director, this position is responsible for lifeguarding the pool, ensuring the safety of all patrons, enforcing pool rules, and implementing the branch EAP as needed.


  • Prevent emergencies by scanning the pool in a continuous and consistent manner.

  • Recognize emergencies or potential incidents and address them immediately

  • Know and activate the branch and pool EAP when needed.

  • Perform assists or rescues as needed

  • Provide care such as, CPR, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen as needed.

  • Complete incident reports in a timely and effective manner

  • Enforce pool rules. Handle issues as they arise in a professional manner.

  • Ensure a clean and safe pool environment at all times.

  • When off the stand, assist with cleaning and testing of the pool.

  • Maintain a clear and consistent line of communication with all supervisors.

  • Participate in all branch safety and quality drills

  • Attend all required monthly and yearly in-service trainings

  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to start of scheduled shift.

  • Make sure all doors are securely locked when a lifeguard is not on duty. Never leave the pool unattended.

  • All change in hours will be in writing and signed by consenting parties. You are responsible for finding your own coverage.

  • Engage in active listening with members in order to build relationships, understand each individual’s goals and interests and take the initiative to assist in the achievement of those goals.

  • Maintain a professional image and manner consistent with the YMCA mission and goals at all times.

  • All other duties as assigned.



  • At least 16 years of age.

  • No experience necessary.


  • Physically and verbally able to interact with members and staff

  • Must be able to scan the pool visually.

  • May be required to sit or stand for extended period of time.

  • At times, be able to lift up to 50 lbs.