YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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211 W. First St.
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Responsibilities & Requirements

You are the “Y”.


We’re more than a pool - the mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through fitness and healthy living, academic readiness, character development and violence prevention. Our 23 membership centers across the city and suburbs, 5 camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs provide everyone with a safe place to swim, learn, play and grow.


For over 135 years, the YMCA has been a pioneer and set the standard for aquatics and quality swim instruction. We rely on the expertise, passion, commitment and energy of our (Aquatic Coordinators, Lifeguards, and Swim Instructors) to continue this legacy and contribute to the health and wellness of our children, families and communities.  


Job Summary:


Monitors swimming areas and provides assistance and protection to users of the pool and aquatic facility as outlined under the standards of the YMCA.


Scope of Responsibilities:


  • Supervises and guards the pool and aquatic facility and ensures participants adhere to all YMCA aquatic guidelines and procedures.
  • Examines injured persons and administers first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment.
  • Rescues distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.
  • Contacts emergency medical personal in case of serious injury.
  • Actively participates in obtaining further water safety certifications.
  • Attends all in-service trainings and staff meetings as scheduled by the Aquatic Coordinator and/or Aquatic Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Aquatic Director.

Child Abuse Prevention:


Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
  • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

Commitment to Inclusion:


Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations.




  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • At least 3 months of lifeguarding experience.
  • First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguard Certification.
  • Physical mobility to properly use aquatic equipment to rescue a 200 lb. person.
  • Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure the safety of all swimmers.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aide effectively.