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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka



Part-Time Lifeguard - Regular and Temporary Positions Available

SALARY: $16.92 - $20.48 Hourly
LOCATION: Various - Seattle area, Washington
JOB TYPE: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Part-Time
SHIFT: Variable
DEPARTMENT: Seattle Parks and Recreation
BARGAINING UNIT: PSIE, Local 1239 - Recreation
CLOSING DATE 05/01/18 04:00 PM Pacific Time

Want a fun, great paying job for the summer that pays up to $17.76 to start ($16.92 per hour plus premium pay)!!!

Apply to become a Seattle Parks lifeguard for the summer and beyond!  You'll meet new people, make new friends and enjoy the sun while getting paid!

The City of Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation is actively seeking new members for a team that connects with citizens in each community across the City. Our department needs positive, hard working professionals who can contribute to continue to make Seattle Parks and Recreation an industry leader in aquatic programming. Our pools are a vital part of the culture in a City surrounded by water - where swimming is an essential life skill.

This job posting is for Part-Time Regular Lifeguards.  Although considered part-time, employees in these positions can work up to 40 hours per week in the summer. 

After Regular Lifeguard positions have been filled, Temporary lifeguards will be hired from the list of qualified candidates remaining.


  • Monitor the activities of swimmers to ensure rules and regulations are observed and that safety hazards are not created.
  • Required to rescue persons in distress or in danger of drowning, administer first aid in the event of injury, and assist handicapped and elderly patrons in and out of the pool.
  • Conduct instructional programs for children, adults, and special population groups; teaches private and group swimming lessons, water safety classes, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, competitive programs, and water fitness programs to all ages and abilities.
  • May teach first aid, CPR, AED, Lifeguard Training, and other specialized Red Cross classes.
  • Ensures the pool meets legal requirements and policy standards for operation.
  • Assist in water quality testing, cleaning, and maintaining the pool and related facilities.
  • Interacts with the public, answer inquiries pertaining to the use of the pool.
  • Maintain attendance and grading for instructional programs, and other related duties as required.
  • Employees in these positions can work up to 40 hours per week.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must pass a background check and physical.
  • Lifeguards are required to swim a minimum of 500 yards each work day and be prepared to perform in an emergency situation.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience as a qualified lifeguard and swim instructor.
  • Knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques, and first aid.
  • Ability to swim with proficiency and endurance.
  • Ability to recognize hazardous situations and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Ability to remain calm in emergencies.
  • Specialized training and certifications as an instructor for various water education or fitness programs including Water Fitness, Swim Coach Certification, diving, etc.


Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Required to work nights and weekends.
  • Required to work varying hours.
  • Required to follow safety precautions when handling toxic/hazardous substances.
  • Required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Exposed to high noise levels and hot/humid weather conditions.
  • Part-time positions require working variable shifts, including early morning, evenings, and weekends.
License, Certification, and Other Requirements:
  • American Red Cross (ARC) approved certification for: Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Lifeguard.
  • The Northwest Lifeguard Preparation Course and Test Certification (required to pass within three months of hire).  
  • ARC Water Safety Instructor Certification may be required.

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