Lead Lifeguard
Job Details
Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) - Hayward, CA
Part Time
$18.65 - $25.16 Hourly

Calling all experienced Lifeguards! 

We are hiring for a Lead Lifeguard to join our Aquatics team.

This position is a year round position working fifteen (18) hours per week. 



Under direct or general supervision from the Recreation Supervisor, provides aquatic safety, supervision, and instruction for the patrons including recreational/lap swim. Receives direct or general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. Exercises general supervision and provides training to other staff.



This is the journey-level classification in the Lifeguard series. This class can be distinguished from the class of Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard because incumbents in this class provides general supervision and provides training to other staff.



Incumbents may not perform all duties. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • All duties and responsibilities of a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor

  • Conducts proper opening and closing procedures of the aquatic facilities

  • Assists in all staff trainings

  • Analyzes program needs and recommends new and innovative program ideas

  • Sets up proper furniture arrangements, equipment, and facility maintenance

  • Works as a lead with Lifeguards and offers assistance in maintaining the proper execution of all aspects of facility rentals and various aquatic programs

  • May provide supervision and training to employees within the assigned department

  • Ensures all District policies are followed during all programs, special events and facility use

  • Provides customer service and problem solving

  • Performs functions of registration software applications

  • Prepares daily deposits and reconciles daily reports, ensures that all revenues received at assigned sites are properly accounted for and entered

  • Performs other duties as assigned



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. The functions of this position are primarily performed in outdoor locations as part of a team. The setting includes various weather conditions, including heat and sunshine. Incumbents must wear an appropriate uniform with identification and protective equipment. The environment requires working in and around water as well as slippery and/or wet surfaces. Specialized aspects of the work environment may also include high noise levels, working with participants who are using potentially dangerous sports equipment, and risk of exposure to pool water treatment chemicals and cleaning agents. Incumbents may be assigned an irregular working schedule including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays and may have to travel between various locations.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have: hearing and speech adequate to communicate in person, by telephone, by PA system and by radio, and to speak loudly in a noisy setting; vision adequate to clearly distinguish objects and persons at a distance and to identify signs of swimmer distress; bodily movement adequate to frequently sit, stand, walk, run, jump, climb, swim, dive, reach, turn, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crawl, and push/pull; ability to raise arms above shoulder height; manual dexterity adequate to grasp objects, use fine manipulation, write and operate office machines and equipment; strength and endurance to safely swim 300 yards, perform lifting and carrying of items/persons up to 50 pounds, and work outdoors in the sun for prolonged periods of time.




Ability and Skill to:

  • Work with adults, children and families participating in a variety of aquatic recreational activities

  • Monitor compliance with District regulations and policies, and general safety practices related to pools and aquatic activities; firmly but tactfully enforce rules and regulations

  • Utilize staff and volunteers effectively

  • React quickly and calmly in emergencies; rescue swimmers in distress

  • Administer first aid, CPR and/or artificial respiration

  • Maintain discipline, order and safety in a crowded and loud environment

  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions

  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of people

  • Respond appropriately to changing situations and stressful conditions

  • Maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the work


Knowledge of:

  • Basic safety precautions and procedures related to recreation programs and facilities

  • Philosophy, objectives and requirements in the implementation of municipal aquatics programs

  • Knowledge and command of all the latest safety standards and information related to aquatics

  • Professional work habits including reliability, dependability, creativity, and demonstration of enthusiasm for the job

  • Techniques for effectively dealing with individuals of various ages, various socio-economic and ethnic groups, and effectively representing the District in contacts with the public

  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff

  • Office equipment, practices and procedures



  • At least one year of experience as a lifeguard is required

  • Must possess current certificates in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, as well as standard First Aid, and must maintain certifications thereafter as a condition of continued employment

  • Must possess a current Water Safety Instructor certificate

  • Possession of instructor level certification in Lifeguarding is highly desirable

  • Any combination of experience, training and/or education that provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the class is acceptable


Special Requirements:

  • Must be at least 17 years of age

  • If 17-18 years of age and still in high school, must possess a valid work permit

  • If 18 years of age or older, must pass a fingerprint and/or background clearance prior to employment

  • Completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination series is recommended

  • Provide proof of negative TB Skin Test

  • Verification of ID and ability work in the USA