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South Pasadena San Marino YMCA

The South Pasadena San Marino YMCA is seeking out an energetic but safety conscious individual with an outstanding and professional attitude. Under the supervision of the Aquatic Director, the Lifeguard is responsible for maintaining safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas as well as creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.

Hours and Salary

$12.00 to $14.00 hourly (Part-time, non-exempt, less than or equal to 25 hours/week)


1605 Garfield Avenue South Pasadena, CA 91030


Minimum age of 18.
Mandatory Certifications:  Current YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguarding, American Safety & Health Institute or American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR for the Professional Rescuer and American Safety & Health Institute, American Red Cross or American Heart Association Standard/Community First Aid certifications
Certified American Red Cross Lifeguards will obtain YMCA Lifeguarding Certification within 90 days of hire.
Ability to maintain required certification.
Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
Condition of Employment:

    Pre-employment Physical Assessment is listed below and on our website.  Candidate must be able to perform the following:

o Phase 1:

    Tread water for 2 minutes
    Swim 250 yards of front crawl

o Phase 2:

    Swim 50 yards of each:

• Front crawl with the head up
• Breaststroke
• Breaststroke with the head up
• Inverted breaststroke kick with hands on the stomach

    Perform a feet-first surface-dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility). Then swim underwater for 15 feet.

o Phase 3:

    Starting in the shallow end of the water, sprint for a distance of approximately 60 feet then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 feet (or maximum depth of training facility).
    Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of pool, surface and tread water for at least one minute with legs only, 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 CPR on an adult manikin for 2 minutes, stand and listen to directions from instructor.

o Phase 4

    Successfully complete 2 given scenarios.

1) A large Man is struggling by the side of the pool, too far from the side for him to make it to safety by himself
2) A child in a swimming class has let go of the kickboard near the side of the pool and is panicking
3) A nonswimmer moving from the shallow end has gone under the rope and is in the deep end, 3’ from the edge of the pool
4) You are one of two lifeguards on duty for a very busy open swim and the other lifeguard is being inattentive and is not reacting to dangerous situations.

1) While guarding, you suddenly notice a person is submerged just below the guard chair
2) A swimmer begins to have convulsions and slides underwater
3) Lap swimmer suddenly stops and is face-down in the pool not moving
4) Elderly man gets out of the pool and sits down on bench and then slumps to the deck; he is pale and his breathing is very faint


• Report to work on time, in uniform, and ready to go.
• Maintain safety of all the patrons by using scanning 10x10x10 and preventive techniques.
• Implement appropriate pool set up at all times dictated by pool schedule.
• Maintain accurate pool chemical readings and complete incident reports in a timely manner as indicated by the Aquatics Director.  Turn in all documents as requested by the Aquatics Director.
• Maintain good attendance for all shifts and coverage; assume full responsibility for all assigned and substituted shifts.
• Attend all mandatory monthly staff meetings, quarterly trainings and all-staff meetings, and one-on-one sessions with your supervisor.
• Build relationships with members to help recruit volunteers for the department’s needs.
• Always be professional, alert, courteous, and diplomatic.
• Represent the YMCA and the Aquatics program in a positive manner.

How to Apply

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with an organizational culture committed to serving all members of our community. Qualified applicant, please forward your cover letter and resume, with subject line "Lifeguard" Telephone Number 626-719-9119 ext. 1003