The Waterfront Instructor and Lifeguard position, as with all of the specialist positions, is first and foremost a counselor position. The specialist will live in a cabin with 7-8 campers and 1 or 2 other counselors. Together they will be responsible for overseeing the daily domestic issues that occur within the cabin and among the campers. While the specific duties will vary based on the age of the campers in the cabin, all counselors are responsible for the following:
Ensuring the use of proper hygiene throughout the day.
Escorting campers to lineups and/or meals.
Helping the campers choose their daily elective activities.
Ensuring that campers are maintaining a healthy diet.
Ensuring bunk cleanliness.
Helping to resolve any disputes or dilemmas among the cabin mates.
Being available to any camper that needs additional attention.
These are the core elements of being a counselor and always are given top priority.
Specialty Responsibilities: Each specialist works 5 or 6 of the daily activity periods at their specific activity. The Waterfront Instructor/ Lifeguard works under the direct supervision of the Waterfront Director. As a waterfront staff member, the duties are divided between instruction and life guarding. During instructional periods, lessons are given to campers in a group setting. These lessons include waterfront safety and the development of basic strokes. For more advanced lessons, instruction includes competitive swimming and lifeguard training. Instructors follow the general guidelines and principles of American Red Cross instruction.
During a life guarding period, Lifeguards observe the swimming facility, which may be either at the lake or one of the two pools. Lifeguards ensure a safe environment by implementing Buddy Checks and other waterfront safety policies.
Qualified applicants for this position should have a strong swimming background. Competitive experience at a varsity or collegiate level is a plus. Prior teaching experience is favored. All applicants must have a current ARC certification in Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR (or be able to obtain these certifications prior to the start of their employment).