Under the direct supervision of the Camp Director or Program Director, the aquatic director coordinates and supervises the day to day operation of the waterfront or pool programs in resident camp.
Ensure the safety of all campers and staff.
Establish positive relationships with each camper and staff in your program area.
Help campers and other staff members grow in Mind, Body and Spirit.
Serve as a role model for campers and other staff members.
Take advantage of teachable moments each day, to help campers learn character values such as Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.
Provide a positive, exciting and fun environment for all campers.
Promote and demonstrate stewardship towards the land.
Attend staff meetings to discuss program plans, give input and voice concerns.
Using an appropriate lesson base, provide lifeguard training for all staff.
Work with the Maintenance Director and Program Director to maintain cleanliness and safety of your program area – including all boats, safety equipment, decks and guard chairs, miscellaneous equipment, and the waterfront area.
Work with waterfront staff to evaluate swimming ability of each staff member and camper.
Work with waterfront staff to inspect safety of all equipment and general program area daily.
Inform the Program Director as soon as possible of equipment that needs to be replaced.
Work with the Program Director and Executive Director to update/establish emergency procedures for the waterfront.
Train, supervise and evaluate waterfront staff regularly.
In coordination with waterfront staff, clean and organize the waterfront and boat house daily.
Provide leadership during staff training, instructing all staff members on proper procedures for check-in day, program lessons, general swim, and emergency procedures.
Assist with the training of all camp staff on the emergency procedures applicable to the waterfront programs.
Develop educational, fun and safe lessons conducive to an age appropriate skill progression.
Work with the Assistant Camp Coordinator & Professional Director Staff to arrange a work schedule for your waterfront staff.
Know where the campers assigned to your program area are at all times, and be sure they are supervised.
Develop a manual for the Waterfront that includes lessons, skill progressions, emergency procedures, and a record system for equipment.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Current Lifeguard certification
- Current CPR and First Aid Certification (within the last year)
- At least 1 year aquatics and supervisory experience
- Proficient in swimming and safety skills.
- Must pass a water skills test and written exam.
- Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure the safety of all swimmers. Physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aide effectively.
- Physical mobility to properly use aquatic equipment to rescue a 200lb person. Physically able to see, hear, and communicate clearly.
- Able to read, write, and perform basic math to complete daily chemical logs and individual must possess strong organizational, budgetary, computer and communication skills, written and verbal.
- Ability to communicate and work with all ages of campers and skill levels
Be Part of Our Mission
The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 19 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.