Camp Lifeguard/Swim Instructor


  • Responsible for lifeguarding and ensuring the safety of all campers in and around the pool
  • Supervise campers ages four (4) to fifteen (15) during open swim periods
  • Provide group swim instruction daily
  • Actively participate in all aquatics activities
  • Enforce all pool rules and regulations
  • Maintain the cleanliness and upkeep of the pool facility
  • Learn and implement the proper procedures for maintaining proper pool water quality (testing, chlorine, etc.)
  • Teach private/semi-private swim lessons after regular camp hours (optional and additional compensation is offered)
  • Give basic first aid if necessary
  • Complete weekly progress reports for all campers
  • Work effectively with other lifeguards/swim instructors and collaborate on daily responsibilities
  • Serve as a positive role model to campers
  • Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
  • Have fun
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Position Competencies for Success

  • Understand and support the mission of the organization
  • Commit to the growth and development of youth
  • Work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate outstanding communication skills; using clear, concise and professional language when interacting with campers, camp families and colleagues
  • Be responsible, reliable and safe
  • Always have a positive, can-do attitude
  • Be patient, caring and creative
  • Produce consistent, high-quality work
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment; identify problems and work quickly to find solutions
  • Be a flexible, adaptive and a team player
  • Desire to make a difference in the life of a child

Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of sixteen (16) years of age
  • Must be a strong swimmer
  • Ability to react quickly in emergency situations
  • Previous lifeguarding experience (preferred but not required)
  • Prior experience teaching swim lessons (preferred but not required)
  • Previous competitive or organized swimming experience (preferred but not required)

Certification Requirements

  • Lifeguard certification including First Aid, CPR and AED
  • ESF will reimburse lifeguards/swim instructors up to $200 after a successful camp season for completing and passing a local or ESF-run Lifeguard certification course (Note: ESF offers lifeguard certification courses; inquire with your Hiring Director for more information)

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports directly to the Aquatics Director. May also take direction from and is overall accountable to the Site Director.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Must have the physical capability to see (near and far), climb, bend, swim, float, kneel and carry individuals during rescue operations
  • Frequent exposure to chemicals commonly used in pool maintenance
  • Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of thirty-five (35) pounds
  • Must be able to perform all skills required for Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED certification(s)
  • Endurance to guard the pool and surrounding area for six (6) to eight (8) hours per day outside in varying weather conditions
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running up to one (1) mile in some cases) and climbing stairs
  • Possess physical capacity to fulfill all Essential Job Functions Responsibilities listed above

This Job Description is subject to change at any time.

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