Aquatics Careers

Whether you are looking for a fun summer job or a rewarding career, the YMCA is the place to start. YMCA aquatics positions offer flexible schedules, competitive pay, opportunities for year-round employment, a complimentary YMCA membership, discounts on YMCA programs and fun. With multiple locations throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area, a YMCA pool is in your neighborhood.


When you work as a YMCA lifeguard, you get the satisfaction of going into work every day knowing that you will actively make an impact while working with and guarding a group of diverse individuals.

Ready to Dive In?

We offer lifeguard training sessions where you can earn the skills to be a certified lifeguard at the YMCA.  Participants will be certified in American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) courses and will learn safety skills, accident preventions, and rescue skills. Students will be required to pass a swim skills test and must be 16 years of age by the last day of the scheduled class.

Upcoming Lifeguard Training Dates

May 14 – 23
4:30 – 8:30 PM | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
David D. Hunting YMCA

June 3 – 5
9 AM – 6 PM | Monday, Tuesday
Wed 8 AM – 12 PM | Wednesday
David D. Hunting YMCA

June 5 – 7, Wed
2 – 6 PM | Wednesday
9 AM – 6 PM | Thursday, Friday
Mary Free Bed YMCA

If you would like to pre-register for a training date or learn more, email Cara at


Interested in teaching a life-long skill through swim instruction? The YMCA needs YOU!

YMCA Swim Instructors work with individuals ages six months-adults to teach swim skill progression and water safety techniques. Instructors provide leadership, instruction and motivation for participants in swimming lessons, creating a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement, youth development and healthy living. Interested individuals must hold a swim instructor certification through the YMCA or another certifying organization and be at least 16 years of age. Not certified? No problem. The YMCA offers training throughout the year for YMCA employees.