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Summer Programs - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

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The Potomac School - McLean, VA


The Lifeguard is a seasonal position that reports to the Pool Director or the Assistant Pool Director. This program will run from June 20-August 4, 2023 (no camp on July 3 and 4) and the expected hours of work are either 8:30 am-3:30 pm or 9:30 am-4:30 pm (will depend on the schedule),  Monday-Friday. The Lifeguard is an integral part of the Summer Camp Staff and plays a vital role in making summer camp a safe, fun and enriching experience for the campers. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Pool Director in executing daily activities including teaching swim lessons, monitoring appropriate behavior both in the pool and on the pool deck and engaging campers in recreational swim activities. 

  • Actively participate in all camp activities to help build relationships with campers.

  • Supervise campers at all times, prioritizing their well being and safety.

  • Follow all safety protocols and procedures established by Summer@Potomac.

  • Assist in cleaning, maintaining and ensuring proper use of Summer@Potomac facilities and equipment.

  • Use positive and proactive techniques to resolve any camper behavioral issues. Effectively communicate such issues to the Pool Director.

  • Participate in staff orientations, pre-camp staff training, preparations for camp opening and meetings.

  • Adhere to the procedures and policies outlined in The Summer@Potomac Staff Handbook

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must be 16 years of age 

  • Must be a certified Lifeguard and have First Aid CPR/AED for the professional rescuer. Summer@Potomac will pay for the lifeguard certification course.

  • Previous experience as a lifeguard is a plus.

  • Strong organizational and communication skills.

  • Responsible, energetic, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude.

  • Physical ability to participate in activities with campers (run, sit on the floor, walk and stand for longer periods of time).

  • Ability to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences within a diverse population of campers and staff.

  • Ability and willing to follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Summer@Potomac Handbook.

  • All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background investigation which involves fingerprinting and TB screening.


In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued.