Head Lifeguard
Job Details
50701-YSC-Conejo Valley - Newbury Park, CA
Full Time
High School
8hr shift between hours of 6am-6pm
Nonprofit - Social Services


The Head Lifeguard/Swim Instructor supports the camp program to facilitate the safety and quality of aquatics programming at Young Set Club summer camps.

The Head Lifeguard/Swim Instructor has a duty to ensure the following of Young Set Club swimming pool rules, monitoring pool patron conduct, and perform emergency rescue and lifesaving techniques, if necessary.  The Head Lifeguard/Swim Instructor is responsible for scheduling and delivering swim lessons as a part of the camp’s learn to swim program.  


Program Curriculum and Delivery

  • Coordinate, train, and schedule the Lifeguards and any additional Swim Instructors for the Young Set Club aquatics programming.
  • Coordinate and conduct instruction for a variety of swimming classes for multiple ages (5 to 15 years old) and ability levels.


Supervision, Health and Safety

  • Enforce swimming pool rules and regulations, including ensuring orderly conduct by swimmers.
  • Assist swimmers who are in distress and administer a variety of first aid and/or life saving techniques, as appropriate.
  • Assist in maintaining pool areas in a safe and clean condition.
  • Observe staff behaviors and provide feedback to ensure quality performance; communicating observations to the Camp Manager regarding staff performance and aquatics program quality.

Customer Engagement

  • Communicate regularly with parents/guardians about their camper’s swimming abilities and progress in lessons.
  • Register campers for swim lessons using Active Network Camp and Class Manager Software.


  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other Young Set Club employees and program families using principles of good customer service.




  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a lifeguard role.
  • Experience working with School Age programs and/or camp (residential or day camp) preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in skilled aquatic activities is desirable (i.e. competitive swim team or water polo teams, learn to swim programs)


  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred. Must be at least 21 years of age or older at time of hire.


Knowledge of

  • Use and care of lifesaving techniques and equipment used at public swimming pools.
  • Learn to swim principles and programming for children ages 5 to 15 years.
  • Web-based registration software and procedures.


Licenses, Certification and Special Requirements

  • Previous season experience as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor required.
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification or equivalent to operate under program lifeguard system.
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) or equivalent preferred.
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) or equivalent required.
  • CPR/AED certification
  • Any offer of employment to an adult who will have direct contact with minors is conditional upon submission of a completed fingerprint screening and a satisfactory background check.


Ability To

  • Learn and enforce swimming pool rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Perform lifesaving strokes according to American Red Cross standards, perform lifesaving and emergency first aid techniques and practices; engage in physical activity.
  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Communicate in an effective manner.
  • Exercise courtesy and tact during interactions with campers and families.
  • Deal with difficult or stressful situations in a calm and professional manner.


The above duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment.


Physical and Environmental conditions

The Head Lifeguard/WSI is responsible for the setup, execution,  and close down of various camp aquatic program elements on a daily basis and will routinely be exposed to indoor and outdoor elements. The Head Lifeguard/WSI may be required to:

  • Perform a range of physical movements, including standing and walking.  All guarding staff must be able to stand, reach with hands and arms, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk, talk and hear, use hands to climb or balance throughout the workday. 
  • Physically adapt to the level of children (i.e. swimming, sitting on the floor, kneeling, squatting) for activities and problem-solving/interactions.  
  • Conduct regular movements including standing to supervise children, to walk children to other parts of the center and/or school campus, are done throughout the day
  • Visually inspect the indoor and outdoor environments for hazards to children and make decisions on how to maintain a safe environment for children.
  • Push, lift, carry, and hold various objects up to 25 lbs - by individual or team effort -  such as ladders, backboards , sport-equipment, emergency back packs, food coolers, hand truck/dolly, tables & chairs, classroom furnishings, and other similar program materials.
  • Set up and maintain the aquatics and other camp environments (may require moving chairs, tables, furniture, lifesaving equipment) in order to maintain visual supervision of children at all times.  Frequent bending, lifting, twisting, and reaching.  
  • Prepare documentation (handwritten or typed) such as lesson plans or camper profiles. 
  • Swim in pool water of various depths routinely.
  • Remain outdoors for extended periods.
  • Traverse various terrains (grass, blacktop, dirt), slopes (hills and mountains), and heights (ladders, playgrounds) to lead hiking and adventure elements.