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We are hiring lifeguards for our indoor pool. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Hours will vary from early morning, afternoon and evening hours, including weekends. Applicants need to be certified through the American Red Cross as a lifeguard, or an equivalent. For more information on this position, please contact Austin Birch, Aquatics Director, at abirch@mattoonymca.org or  (217) 234-9494

What you’ll do:

  1. Maintains constant surveillance of the pool area.
  2. Knows/review/practices all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Completes related accident/incident reports as required.
  3. Maintains effective relationships with the members, participants and other staff.
  4. Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.
  5. Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state Health Department code.
  6. Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
  7. Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving.
  8. Performs chemical testing at appropriate times of the day, as required, and takes appropriate action.
  9. Attends all staff meetings and training as required.
  10. Communicates any problems or member communications to Aquatic Director immediately.
  11. Other duties as assigned

What you’ll need to succeed:

  1. Minimum age of 18.
  2. Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid certification.
  3. YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification.
  4. Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.
  5. Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
  6. Ability to pass lifeguard water test.
  7. Must be able to remain alert.
  8. Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods.
  9. Adequate ability to hear noises and distinguish distress signals.
  10. Ability to continuously scan all areas of the pool with clear vision.
  11. Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue.
  12. Ability to communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.