Lifeguard, YMCA of Jefferson County
Job Details
Jefferson County YMCA - Port Townsend, WA
Part Time
$15.05 - $15.05 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services


The lifeguard is responsible for the safety of all patrons in and around the pool area and creates a safe and positive atmosphere.



  • 16 years of age or older
  • Ability to relate well and communicate effectively and relate to a diverse group of individuals, in all circumstances
  • Pass a comprehensive background check
  • Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations
  • Attends staff meetings and trainings as required and completes all on-line trainings which include child abuse prevention training within 30 days of hire
  • Upholds YMCA policies for safety, supervision, mandated reporting and risk management. Adheres to policies related to boundaries with youths
  • Professional rescuer CPR/AED
  • Emergency oxygen administration
  • First Aid
  • Current Lifeguard certification, YMCA Certification preferred but will accept Red Cross or StarGuard
  • *Lifeguard swim test requirements attached



  • Ensures that safety procedures are followed at all times
  • Works collaboratively with facility coordinator to maintain and review accurate records of pool chemical levels according to facility plan
  • Maintain constant surveillance of water and pool deck areas
  • Wear rescue pack and rescue tube at all times while on duty
  • Attend monthly in-services and other trainings as required and complete all required on-line trainings which includes child abuse prevention training within 7 days of hire.
  • Upholds YMCA policies for safety, supervision, mandated reporting, and risk management. Adheres to policies related to boundaries with youths



  • Reports suspicious or inappropriate behaviors and policy violations in accordance to mandated reporting requirements
  • Responsible for general housekeeping tasks to ensure workspace is always clean
  • Submits hours worked accurately on electronic time card, within timelines for supervisor approval
  • Passion for high standards and believes in the YMCA mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility
  • Flexible schedule needed as on occasion may need to work evenings and/or weekends
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


Private Vehicle, Requesting Reimbursement

  • Valid drivers license
  • Proof of Insurance

YMCA vehicle

  • 18 of age or older
  • Valid drivers license
  • Driving record which meets or exceeds YMCA standards, driver records request will be submitted



  • Office/fitness/aquatics environment with occasional interruptions
  • Ability to work inside and outside (environments include humidity, heat, cold, and inclement weather conditions) year round
  • Evening and/or early morning, and/or weekend hours required periodically



  • Physical ability to perform all skills required of a lifeguard, and have the mobility to properly use aquatic equipment to rescue a 200lb person
  • Ability to hear noises and distress signals in the aquatics environment including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility, with or without accommodation
  • Ability to see and observe all sections of an assigned zone of responsibility, with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical and mental ability to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aid effectively
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to remain alert with no lapses in concentration or consciousness
  • Ability to perform activities which require sustained concentration and attention


YMCA Swim Test Requirements


  • Must be 16 years old by the end of the class.

Phase 1

  • Tread water for 2 minutes (legs only)
  • Swim 100 yards of front crawl

Phase 2

  • Swim 50 yards each of:
    1. Front crawl with head up
    2. Sidestroke
    3. Breaststroke
    4. Breaststroke with head up
    5. Elementary backstroke kick with hands on chest/stomach
  • Perform feet first surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility). Then swim underwater for 15 feet.

Phase 3

  • Participants start in the water at shallow end.
  • Sprint for a distance of approximately 60 feet, and then perform and arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility).
  • Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of pool, surface, tread water for at least 1 minute with legs only, and replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found.
  • Swim the remaining length to end of pool, and hoist yourself out of water.
  • Immediately begin compression on an adult manikin for 1 minute or 100 compressions; stand and listen to directions from instructor.


The Olympic Peninsula YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer