Recreation Leader IV – Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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$18.87 Hourly


City of Cerritos, CA

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Community & Safety Services

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Positions are limited to 20 hours/week or 960 hours in a fiscal year 

The City of Cerritos offers American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification classes.

Under direction of the Recreation Services Coordinator at the Cerritos Olympic Swim Center, organizes and instructs swim classes, observes swimmers and pool area, and responds to unsafe conditions or potential hazards.  Cleans and maintains swimming pool and facilities, and performs related work as required.

Job Characteristic:  May work a varying schedule of hours which may include early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Examples of Duties

  • Teach swim strokes and water safety rules to different age groups and individuals with varying abilities.
  • Develop special aquatic events.
  • Explain and enforce facility regulations, policies and procedures to participants.
  • Rescue swimmers in danger of drowning and administer first aid.
  • Monitor activities in swimming areas to prevent accidents.
  • Perform routine maintenance to pool and aquatic equipment.
  • Assist in performing cleaning services of pool and other assigned areas.
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare reports.


Typical Qualifications
Knowledge of:

  • Beginning through advanced swim strokes.
  • Lifesaving and swimming principles and practices.
  • First aid principles and practices.

Ability to:

  • Teach swimming and lifesaving methods.
  • Organize and conduct a variety of aquatic programs.
  • Maintain and work safely with a variety of equipment used in pool activities.
  • Perform maintenance and cleaning services of pool and other assigned areas.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare reports.
  • Pass initial and follow-up tests of safety and pool procedures as well as successfully complete routine skills testing such as backboard drills and CPR reviews.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The majority of work is performed indoors on a pool deck or in a swimming pool.   An incumbent sits, stands, walks and runs on slippery and uneven surfaces, kneels, crouches, twists, climbs ladders and inclines, swims, reaches, bends, crawls, and pushes, pulls, drags, grasps and lifts pool/community center equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.  While performing the duties of this job, an incumbent physically must be able to react quickly to lifesaving emergencies and will perform strenuous physical activity requiring physical strength and endurance when performing water rescues.   During the course of some rescue and first aid tasks, an incumbent may be exposed to blood, other bodily fluids/products, communicable diseases and other related health hazards. An incumbent operates an oxygen tank and will have exposure to pool water and pool chemicals, cleaning solvents and disinfectants and electrical and mechanical hazards.   When work is performed in an office or at a public counter, an incumbent may use a personal computer.  An incumbent must be able to meet the physical requirements of the class and have mobility, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:  Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is acceptable. Six months of paid or volunteer experience at an aquatic facility preferred.

Must possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certificate and a valid Adult First Aid/CPR/AED certificate.  Applicants may complete certification requirements during the testing process, provided certification is complete prior to his/her first day of employment.

A valid California driver’s license is required.

City of Cerritos
(562) 860-0311
18125 Bloomfield Ave.Cerritos, California, 90703