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Why Become a Lifeguard at the Y


Lifeguarding at the Y is an opportunity to make an impact helping others. The Y is a nonprofit that strengthens our community, and our lifeguards are a big part of our mission. It’s a great personal and professional development opportunity for you, too. Lifeguarding is a fulfilling part-time job or full-time job, and it also can lead to a career. 

Lifeguarding at the Y can jumpstart your career
You can grow into jobs like swim instructor, head lifeguard and aquatics director. Or your experience can even be the first steps into personal fitness or health care careers.  Countless people from all walks of life started their careers as a lifeguard.  That’s because you learn great things, like being a mentor and educating others about skills that could one day save their life. Plus you’re part of team, a member of the Y family that comes together to help others in need and make our community a better place.

Future employers respect the Y
When future employers see the Y on your resume, they think of a nonprofit organization with local impact that’s part of a national and international network that’s existed for more than 175 years. We have a reputation for hiring good people who do great things.

Free Y membership
When you work for the Y, you’ll enjoy the perks of being a Y member including access to all 13 Y centers and discounts on programs, child care and summer day camp.

The job is designed with your schedule in mind
Part-time and full-time positions are available, making lifeguarding jobs at the Y ideal for students and non-students alike. From early morning hours to evening hours and everything in between, lifeguarding jobs at the Y can easily fit around your school, family or other commitments, and give you time to explore other passions.

The best co-workers ever
As a lifeguard, you’ll work among others who share a mission of creating a safe environment for children, adults and families to enjoy swimming and water exercise.  Plus, the Y is a great place to make new lifelong friends that share a desire to help others and make our community a better place.



Swim Lesson Instructors

Swim instructor

POSITION SUMMARY: This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The swim instructor at YMCA of Alaska maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and provides direct leadership, instruction and motivation for students in swim classes.


1. Instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly, and supports members and program participants in achieving their goals.

2. Develops and maintains positive relationships with volunteers, members or program participants, and colleagues at all levels of the organization; helps participants and families connect with each other and the YMCA; and encourages parent or caregiver involvement.

3. Conveys information on aquatics programs and schedules and as appropriate refers program participants and families to other programs.

4. Maintains records as required (e.g., attendance, progress reports).

5. Follows all YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.

6. Organizes and puts away needed class equipment. Reports damaged equipment.

7. Trains and supervises class aides as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: • YMCA Swim Instructor certification, or equivalent, or willingness to attend training. • Previous teaching experience preferred. • CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid certifications preferred or willingness to attend training. • Must be able to demonstrate swim instructor skills in accordance with YMCA standards. • At least 16 years of age.