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Lifeguard/Swim Lessons Instructor/Swim Team Coach – Federal Work Study

Position Title: Lifeguard/Swim Lessons Instructor/Swim Team Coach

Department: Aquatics

Number of Vacancies: 4

Work Location:

Aquatics Center
Mahaska County YMCA
414 N 3rd St
Oskaloosa, IA 52577


Purpose of Position: Attend to the safety of swimmers, teach swimming to youth, coach swimmers on the swim team

Description of Duties & Responsibilities:

Are you a strong swimmer with a keen eye for safety? If so, we invite you to apply for our team!

The Mahaska County YMCA is looking for individuals who have a passion for safety and risk management around water. Under the direction of the Aquatics Coordinator, lifeguards will:

  • Ensure the safety of pool patrons
  • Remain alert and attentive while on-duty
  • Participate in regular in-service trainings
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with members, program participants, and colleagues
  • Maintain records as required
  • Follow all YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures


Required Qualifications:

Candidates must be able to participate in and pass an American Red Cross lifeguarding class, to include the prerequisite tests.

Must be:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Proficient in swimming
  • Willing and able to participate in regular in-service trainings and apply proper rescue and first-aid techniques (including extricating individuals from the pool to the deck with some assistance)
  • Able to sit, kneel, stand, stoop, reach and manipulate objects
  • Able to use hands to handle, feel, or operate lifesaving equipment
  • Able to receive and respond to visual and audial cues (see below)
  • Able to observe and interpret people and situations, as well as analyze and solve problems

The position requires mobility, and attentiveness to visual and audial cues (for recognition and identification of swimmers in distress or in process of unsafe behaviors). Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision, distance vision, use of both eyes, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades, depth perception, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Schedule (Days & Times):

Various Shifts available during the following days and times:

  • Monday – Friday: 5 am – 9 am, 4 pm – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 3 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm


Hourly Wage: $12.00

Employment Start Date: 09/05/2023
Employment End Date: 05/03/2024

Job Supervisor & Contact:

Barry Martin
(641) 676-9300