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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:

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Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

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Aquatics Director Wanted – Summer Day Camp


The Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds (HKC) is seeking a seasonal Aquatics Director to oversee our pool and boating operations for our Pearl River location. The Aquatics Director is responsible for the overall operation of the our entire Aquatics program for HKC Pearl River, covering six swimming pools, 90+ lifeguards/swim instructors, the ARC swim instruction program, pool equipment, and safety with the goal of ensuring that a safe and high-quality program is provided to the Agency camps and the 1200 campers that swim daily.  

The Aquatics Director will be expected to cultivate positive relationship with the camps, with a focus on customer service to ensure that the Agency camps’ needs are met as best as possible while ensuring that pool operations run smoothly and safely.

As a supervisor, this person will be expected to foster a culture that values cooperation and respect, inspires team morale, and encourages staff to produce quality work in their commitment to HKC’s mission.




  • Train and supervise lifeguards and swim instructors. Create schedule so that there is always appropriate supervision during swim periods.
  • Work with camp swim liaisons to provide feedback for parents and resolve issues that arise with campers.
  • Oversee Red Cross Swim Instruction program
  • Manage the physical facilities and equipment at the pool complex including:
    • Conduct a daily check of equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair
    • Regularly check chemical levels of the pools


  • Work with the Director of Camp Services to hire summer staff.
  • Address correspondence in a timely manner
  • Attend 3-4 meetings during the off-season for evaluation and planning purposes
  • Assist with information and reports as needed


  • Lifeguard instructor trainer preferred
  • 4-Year college degree
  • Experienced working with children
  • Experience with Red Cross Swim Instruction program


  • Lifeguard Management certification
  • Current Lifeguard and WSI certification
  • Current CPR certification
  • Experienced lifeguard/swim instructor
  • Customer oriented
  • 3+ years supervisory experience
  • Experience managing an aquatics facility


Home to 11 independently run JCC day camps, the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, is a small Jewish non-profit, that manages and operates three facilities located in Long Island, Rockland County and Staten Island. Our mission is to enhance the camp experience and provide a safe environment for the campers and counselors who call our grounds home. On any given summer day we welcome more than 5000 campers and camp staff through our gates. As a seasonal organization, HKC hires 200+ seasonal workers to provide lifeguarding, swim instruction, maintenance, custodial services and security to ensure we can carry out mission and meet the needs of the camps who camp at HKC.

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