Love Water? Be a leader and save lives.

Earn a $300 sign-on bonus upon achievement of your lifeguard certification provided you are an active employee working as a lifeguard or swim instructor at the time of payout.

The Fry Family YMCA is hiring Lifeguards!

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 14 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. 

Do you enjoy…

Making lifelong friendships?

Having life-saving skills that give you the ability to keep others safe?

Meeting new people and working with other team members?

Creating connections with others and building positive experiences?

Building skills for the future?

What you’ll do:

Provide a high-level of customer service to members, program participants and guests at all times

Supervise and guard the pool and aquatic facility and ensure participants adhere to all YMCA aquatic guidelines and procedures.

Examine injured persons and administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment.

Rescue distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.

Contact emergency medical personal in case of serious injury.

Actively participate in obtaining further water safety certifications.

Attend all in-service trainings and staff meetings as scheduled by supervisor or center leadership team.


Must be at least 16 years of age.

Must successfully complete the YMCA’s Aquatics Academy training program resulting in certification or have current YMCA or American Red Cross certification as well as current First Aid, AED, CPR and Oxygen Administration certifications.

Physical mobility to properly use aquatic equipment to rescue a 200 lb. person and meet other physical requirements required for job certification. 

Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure the safety of all swimmers.

Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aid effectively.

Ability to meet physical requirements based on job description

The YMCA will accommodate reasonable accommodations for persons with disability.

YMCA Vaccine Policy

We’re committed to the health and wellness of our employees, members, program participants, and those most vulnerable. If hired by the YMCA, you will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination no later than October 15, 2021 or your start date, whichever occurs later, unless an exemption for a medical condition or sincerely-held religious beliefs is granted.

Child Abuse Prevention:

Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor

Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children

Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor

Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. Employment is subject to a background check.

Additional Info

Education Level : Not Applicable

Experience Level : Entry Level

Job Function : General

Job Description : Earn a $300 sign-on bonus upon achievement of your lifeguard certification provided you are an active employee working as a lifeguard or swim instructor at the time of payout.

Company/ Organization Name : Fry Family YMCA

How to Apply :

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