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Company: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
Location: Royal Oak
Posted on: May 21, 2023

Job Description:

The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you'll discover more than just a job-you'll enjoy a career with the chance to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.

Under the guidance of the Lifeguard Manager, the Lifeguard maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. Lifeguards create a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA, The American Red Cross, and the State of Michigan policies and procedures. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.



  • Maintains active surveillance of the pool area including utilizing "the effectived 10/20 scanning 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, guidelines established by the American Red Cross. 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, The American Red Cross, Model Aquatic Health Code and/or the State of Michigan Health Department code.
  • Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
  • Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving and alerts supervisors if unsafe conditions exist that require closing the pool for the safety of the members.
  • Performs and documents chemical testing when not guarding, as required, and takes appropriate action.
  • Attends all staff meetings, trainings, certification courses as required and attend monthly 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.
    • Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Ys values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs.
    • Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
    • Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another.
    • Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process.
      • Must be at least 16 years of age.
      • Training will be provided to those who can successfully pass the American Red Cross Lifeguard prerequisites -
        • Complete a 300-yard swim using front crawl or breaststroke.
        • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only.
        • Retrieve a 10-pound weight from a 7-foot depth; surface and swim 20 yards with the weight using legs only; exit pool without using a ladder - all within 100 seconds.
        • Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness at all times.
        • Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA & American Red Cross standards at all times.
        • One year of experience lifeguard preferred, but not required.
          • Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility. Remain alert with no lapses of consciousness.
          • Meet strength and lifting requirements.
          • See and observe all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility.

            The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit ("YMCA") is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. The YMCA does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring or other terms or conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetic information, ethnicity, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military status or application or any other basis protected by state, federal or other applicable law.

            The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of children in our programs. We hold all staff, regardless of position, to the highest possible standards. We require all staff to be screened regularly and sign a code of conduct. All staff will be monitored when interacting with
            program participants. We take any inappropriate interactions between program
            participants and with staff very seriously and will fully cooperate with
            authorities in any case of abuse.

            Other details
            • Pay Type Hourly
            • Hiring Rate $13.00

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Keywords: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Royal Oak , Lifeguard, Other , Royal Oak, Michigan

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