Aquatics Specialist: Lifeguard

Camp Taloali

Job Description

Job Title: Aquatics Specialist: Lifeguard

Classification: Seasonal

Reports to: Program Manager

Position Purpose:

To further the mission of the camp by providing supervision and ensuring a safe environment at the camp’s waterfront activities. Assist in the management to the physical operation of the waterfront facilities and equipment.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Supervise and guard all waterfront activities

 -Provide surveillance during aquatic activities to help prevent and to manage injuries.

 -Provide rescues as needed.

 -Utilize first aid and CPR and other emergency management services as needed.

 -Understand and implement appropriate response to changes in water conditions or weather conditions affecting the waterfront.

 -Evaluate aquatics abilities of campers and staff.

2. Assist waterfront instructional staff in program areas such as swimming and boating

 -Ensure campers and staff follows safety procedures while in their program activity.

 -Act as reference in waterfront activities.

 -Assist in the delivery and supervision of all water activities and special events at the waterfront.

3. Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in the waterfront program area

 -Conduct daily check of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.

 -Clean waterfront area daily keeping it free of hazards and debris.

Other Job Duties:

 -Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned.

 -Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.

 -Assist in the planning of any special events on or near the waterfront.

 -This position is sometimes combined with another position, such as Activities Director, Program Specialist, etc. Job duties outline schedule that each position should be focused on.


-Waterfront Specialists often have direct relationships with the counselor staff and may actually serve as a counselor with a camper group when not on duty at the waterfront. Most often the health care and emergency plan outlines the relationship between the health care staff and the waterfront staff for emergency management and care.

Equipment Used:

The camp is by the Santiam River and we avoid the main waterfront due to strong currents. We have exterior covered swimming pool with equipment. We might go on a field trip using guide services for our waterfront activity.


 -Current certification in lifeguard training or equivalent as outlined in the Oregon Public Swimming Pool Lifeguard Certification Equivalency.

 -Current certification in first aid and CPR.

 -Prior experience at a waterfront similar to the camp, i.e. public pool.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

 -Training and experience in waterfront activities that are offered at the camp.

 -Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in the water.

 -Knowledge and prior use of pool and river waterfront related activities such as tubing.

Physical Aspects of the Position:

 -Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.

 -Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.

 -Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.

 -Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.

 -Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

 -Endurance, including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching.

 -Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate waterfront equipment and waterfront activities.

 -Ability to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

 -Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering program in the facility available.

 -Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and varying water conditions.

Rev. 11/2016 Camp Taloali Lifeguard PD