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Aquatics Lead - Programming at Downtown Asheville YMCA

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Downtown Asheville - Asheville, NC
Full Time Hourly
$15.25 - $18.00 Hourly
Hours Vary



$250 Bonus on first paycheck for new hire lifeguards and swim instructors if hired by June 15th!


The Aquatics Lead Programming position is heavily focused on teaching group and private swim lessons in addition to 10-15hrs/week of lifeguarding.  This position maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and promotes safety in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Builds positive relationships with members and program participants through effective listening and verbal skills and creatively finds ways to connect them to one another and the Y community. Assists in orientation and on-site training of new lifeguard staff at the facility and acts as a role model for part time aquatic staff.


  • Assist Aquatics Supervisor with recruiting, orientation, and on-site training of new lifeguard staff.
  • Display a professional, courteous, and tactful demeanor at all times. Always strive to display a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Perform and document drop drills and aquatic quick checks for aquatics team.
  • Continuously exhibit honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, reliability, flexibility, maturity, and good decision-making skills.
  • Attend and assist in all required aquatic staff trainings and meetings.
  • Accurately complete and submit all safety and maintenance records concerning the pool area and usage of the pool as outlined in the Lifeguard Manual.
  • Inspect and maintain all emergency equipment (Shepherd's Crooks, ring buoys, rescue tubes, etc.) and other pool equipment; inform the Aquatics Supervisor and/or Properties Director immediately of any necessary equipment repairs.  Maintain and document inventory of first aid and training supplies.
  • Always champion the YMCA culture, continually provide outstanding customer service, and strive to develop committed members and program participants.
    • Actively participate in membership retention and appreciation efforts when applicable.
    • Train new lifeguard staff on how to build relationships with members and how the YMCA culture is relevant in the Aquatics Department.
  • Initiate communications with the Aquatics Supervisor as necessary concerning program problems, personnel conflicts, and member concerns.
  • Act as Aquatics Supervisor on duty when Aquatics leader is not present.
  • 90% of the aquatic lead’s time will be spent in direct service as the lifeguard on duty, swim instructor or a combination of both.
  • Perform other duties as required by the Aquatics Supervisor.


  1. 12-24 months of lifeguarding or swim instructing experience preferred.
  2. Must be able to work weekend and evening shifts.
  3. Remain alert without lapses in consciousness for extended periods of time.
  4. Physically perform all necessary rescue and survival skills and all lifeguard prerequisite skills.
  5. Quickly and safely move to various locations in and around the pool area.
  6. Sit for extended periods of time (including in an elevated chair).
  7. Ascend and descend ladders.
  8. Communicate verbally with good voice projection and clarity.
  9. Hear noises and distress signals in an aquatic environment. (Significant background noise may exist in the aquatic environment.)
  10. Observe all areas of the aquatic area including pool deck, water surface, and pool bottom.
  11. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  12. Must hold and maintain current certifications in the following:
    1. Lifeguard certification or ability to obtain within 15 days of hire.
    2. Emergency Oxygen Administration – O2
    3. Blood Borne Pathogens and Darkness to Light (within 90 days)
    4. Lifeguard Instructor and WSI or YMCA Swim Instructor certifications are preferred


  • Responsible for skill management of 6-30 aquatic team members.


The YMCA of Western North Carolina’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We interpret our Christian principles through our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

We bring our mission and core values to life through our culture: We are welcoming: by being open to all. We are genuine: by valuing you and embracing your individuality. We are hopeful: by believing in you and your potential. We are nurturing: by supporting you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: Above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


The YMCA of Western North Carolina does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, faith, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies. #IND

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