YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Lead Lifeguard

Job Location US-MO-Platte City
Req No.
Location Site
Platte Co. Community Center North
Minimum Salary
USD $14.50/Hr.
Midpoint Salary
USD $15.45/Hr.
Position Hours
Variety of Shifts Available
Location : Location
US-MO-Platte City


Oversee the safety of member and program participants of the pool areas. Provides leadership to other aquatics team members under the guidance of the Aquatics Director.


$150 Sign-On Bonus


Lifeguard Certification 

To be hired for a lifeguard position, applicants should hold a current lifeguard certification from an accredited organization (ASHI, Red Cross, Ellis, etc.) or we can assist you with the certification or recertification process.


Other YMCA employment benefits: 

  • Ongoing training and recertification  
  • Free YMCA membership to all YMCA centers
  • Flexible schedules
  • Opportunities for career advancemen

*Sign On Bonus is for new associates and is paid in two increments after the first paycheck.



The YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. It’s who we are, who we aspire to be and how we show up every day. We are cause-driven. We don’t just show up, we show up with purpose. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support 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.


  • Continuously scan the pool (every 10 seconds), whirlpool and sauna areas, checking for safe conditions.
  • Must maintain high level of alertness at all times
  • Staff may be videotaped for safety audit purposes and ongoing training.
  • Will be required to complete 2 hours of in-service training a month
  • Position may require environment changes (outdoor to indoor, humid environments)
  • Will be required to participate in ongoing training that will be held during operational hours (operational mannequin drops, pool safety checks, CPR checks).
  • Enforce all posted rules and any other rules that are required to ensure the safety of all participants.
  • Must constantly watch the pool and have a rescue tube, whistle, emergency button, and emergency oxygen barrier mask ready and available at all times, actively scanning 10 x 10.
  • Make sure that the pool deck is free of clutter and perform all maintenance duties assigned by Aquatic Director.
  • Test pool chemical levels and record in chemical logs.  Report changes to Aquatic Director immediately.
  • Responsible for opening, closing, and security reports.
  • Ensure automatic chlorinator is full, adds chemicals as directed by Aquatics Director.
  • Responsible for maintaining the continuity of lap swim and moving participants accordingly.
  • Must notify appropriate associate of any unsafe conditions, needed repairs, complaints, accidents, or injuries immediately.
  • Ensure pool safety checks and quick checks are completed and documented.
  • Fill out all Y accident and incident reports completely and turn into the Aquatics Director.
  • Monitor all associates in the pool area, ensuring we have the proper ratios in the pool, lifeguard to swimmers.
  • Assist and assign duties for a clean Y, keep hallways and locker rooms picked up.
  • Assists and participates in marketing and special events.
  • Assists in managing the departmental operations.
  • May be asked to lead monthly lifeguard in-service trainings
  • May be asked to assist in interviewing, scheduling and supervising qualified associate.
  • Assist the Aquatics Director with the new hire orientation for lifeguards.
  • May be asked to serve as aquatics person on-call when the Aquatics Director is unavailable.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Minimum one year experience as a certified Lifeguard.
  • Must have a current nationally recognized Lifeguard Certification, such as the following, or be willing to achieve certification:
    • YMCA Lifeguard 6th ED
    • ARC (American Red Cross)
    • Starguard
    • Jeff Ellis and Associates (special facilities or deep water)
    • Boy Scouts of America
  • Must have current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen from one of the following organizations or be willing to achieve certification.
    • American Health and Safety Institute
    • Emergency Care and Safety Institute
    • American Red Cross
  • Able to pass a physical competency consisting of the following:
    • Tread water for 2 minutes.
    • Swim 250 yards without stopping using a variety of specific strokes.
    • Swim to the bottom of a 9-12 foot pool.
    • Sprint 25 yards, retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool, tread water with the object for 1 minute, climb out of the pool without using a ladder or other assistance.
    • Perform 100 chest compressions on a mannequin.
  • Perform pass and rescue skills.
  • Able to relate and work with diverse groups of people in a friendly and consistent manner.


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