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Lifeguard/Swimming Instructor

I. Qualifications


  1. Must be at least 18 years old. 
  2. Current lifesaving/guard certificate and/or water safety instructor 
  3. Current CPR certificate 
  4. Basic first aid and safety training 
  5. Experience in working with youth teaching stroke correction and swim techniques. 
  6. Lifeguard and/or waterfront management experience.

II. Responsibilities

  1. Directly responsible to the Program Director/Coordinator. 
  2. Exact coordination of responsibilities is to be worked out in conferences between the instructors and the Program Director/Coordinator.
  3. Must meet with the Program Director/ Coordinator prior to camping season to become familiar with swim area, supplies etc. and begin preparing lesson plans. 
  4. Should take initiative to share creative ideas with the Program Director/Coordinator. 
  5. Shall supervise all activity at the waterfront during classes and general swim period. 
  6. Shall be on duty and assist with special activities at the waterfront, such as water carnival, as scheduled by each camp. 
  7. Shall be on duty for day camp and other programs utilizing water front facilities in coordination and cooperation through the Program Director/Coordinator.
  8. Be at swimming area 15 minutes or more (as needed) before instruction periods to have tools, supplies and area ready for activities. 
  9. Supervise and utilize counselors in the swimming area. 
  10. Will jointly prepare and present a swimming orientation to campers at the beginning of each camp session. 
    • This orientation will include:
      1. General swimming rules and procedures for swimming. 
      2. Explanation of the buddy system
      3. Safety measures to be used 
      4. A swim test to determine each camper's swimming ability.
  11. Responsible for keeping daily inventory of all waterfront supplies and equipment condition and need for supplies. 
  12. Maintain equipment and supplies in proper working order, in an orderly, clean manner. 
  13. Maintain waterfront area in a clean and orderly condition. 
  14. Is jointly responsible with other swimming instructor(s) for the overall health and safety of campers at the waterfront. 
  15. These statements on duties are not to be taken as the final and only work to be done by staff members. Frequently it is necessary for individual staff members to cooperate on a project, which is, important for the continued smooth operation of the camp. Such duties will be under the direction of the Camp Executive Director.

III. All Staff and Directors

  1. Set an example by conducting themselves in a proper manner.
  2. Observe a habit of cleanliness of self and quarters.
  3. Be present promptly at meal times.
  4. Participate in camp activities when possible.
  5. There shall be no alcoholic beverages on campgrounds at anytime.
  6. Staff Certified in C.P.R. may have to administer resuscitation by means of a mechanical airway.
  7. Complete a written evaluation and final inventory at the end of camping season.

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