Instructor Guard (Year Round and Seasonal)

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Oct 21, 2022
Part Time Education and Training Public Safety
  • Salary: $16.27 - $19.78 Hourly USD

Job Description


Under general supervision, this position teaches swimming lessons and/or specialized aquatic classes to the public. This position also monitors the use of the swimming pool; and enforces safety rules.


An incumbent in this classification supervises and performs the more advanced work in the teaching of specific techniques to participants in the aquatics program. Incumbents are responsible for ensuring that the skills which are outlined in the course description are taught; assisting in any required pre-testing program to assign the participants into classes, divisions or ability groups; assisting in curriculum planning; providing safe and enjoyable program activities; evaluating participant progress/performance; and completing required departmental paperwork. Work is reviewed through regularly scheduled conferences, reports and evaluations.

Year Round: This is a part-time position, working throughout the year. Work schedules vary as needed. As a condition of employment, an Instructor Guard must be available to teach in the spring Monday/Wednesday and/or Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday classes during each session; AND/OR during the summer Monday through Thursday, and Saturday classes during each session, and for all in-service training, annual training dates, and annual fitness performance test.

Seasonal: This is a seasonal part-time position, working during the school year (September to May), and/or the summer (June to August). Work schedules vary as needed. As a condition of seasonal employment, an Instructor Guard must be available to teach in the spring Monday/Wednesday and/or Tuesday/Thursday, and Saturday classes during each session; AND/OR during the summer Monday through Thursday, and Saturday classes during each session, and for all in-service training during the entire season worked.

Incumbents will be required to attend :
1. Orientation/training -
Typically held Monday - Friday, from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., scheduled after hire date. Times and dates subject to change.
2. Pre-Summer Orientation/Training: June 6 - June 10, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and on June 11, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (times may vary). Attendance is required on all dates.

Fitness test and interviews will be held on an as needed basis by appointment at the Downtown Aquatic Center. To be considered for possible employment, the following must be completed: Submit an online application. Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications. Candidates who meet the qualifications will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process, Fitness Testing and Selection Interviews. Attend "In-Water Fitness Testing and Selection Interviews" on date you are scheduled. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be contacted by the City and invited to participate in this process.
Applicants will be notified by email if they meet the qualifications to attend the testing/selection process; at that time they will also be asked to sign a Registration/Waiver of Liability form. Applicants age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In-Water Physical Fitness Test:
  • Tread water for 120 seconds using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands above water;
  • 25 yard dive and approach swim (head up) in 18 seconds or less;
  • Complete a timed event within 90 seconds
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound swim brick;
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
200 yard swim in 3 minutes and 30 seconds or less
Applicants who complete the In-Water Physical Fitness Test will be invited to participate in the selection interviews. Interviews will begin after all the fitness testing is complete.

Required Certifications:
Applicants must provide proof of valid original certifications prior to the first day of employment. Minimum certification requirements are as follows:
  • Lifeguarding with the inclusion of first aid and CPR/AED from the American Red Cross (ARC) or an equivalent certifying body, ARC Water Safety Instructor, and the ability to obtain ARC Bloodborne Pathogens and First Aid for Public Safety Personnel within one year of hire date

Desirable Certifications:
The following certifications are not required, but are considered as highly desirable:
  • ARC Lifeguard Instructor
  • ARC Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
  • ARC Water Safety Instructor Trainer

Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process.

Applications must be completed and submitted on-line by the specified deadline to be considered for upcoming testing and selection date. Candidates are requested to provide specific information on their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Do not include text or attached resumes, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (Live Scan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions
These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Under supervision, conducts swimming lessons for children and adults as prescribed and approved methods by the American Red Cross; teaches specialized aquatic classes such as Aqua Aerobics or Aqua Boot Camp.

Evaluates participant progress and performance and completes required documents related to lessons.

Performs life-guarding duties including patrolling the swimming pool and aquatics facility, keeping a lookout for accidents in the water and pool area; warns individuals about dangerous practices with pool usage; follows and enforces pool regulations and codes in an effort to prevent patron accidents.

Recognizes, enters water, and performs aquatic emergency rescues in the pool area; and administers artificial respiration, CPR/AED and first aid as needed.

Prepares facilities for regular operation of lap swim, lessons, and other daily operations. Removes and replaces pool covers and lane lines. Assists with routine pool cleaning and maintenance work on or around the swimming pool.

Assists in the monitoring of pool chemicals.

Assists with desk reception, telephone support and related customer service activities.

Accepts registrations, collects fees, processes receipts, and accounts for money; acts as cashier as needed.

Performs other duties as required.

Qualification Guidelines

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:

Education, Training and/or Experience:
Training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities as listed below. Previous paid or volunteer experience as a pool or beach lifeguard or experience in the specific skill or activity to be instructed is desirable. Experience working with children and youth is desirable.

Must be at least 16 years old. Work permit may be required for current high school students.

License and/or Certificate:
Possession of a valid California Driver License (Class C) may be required for certain positions. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

A current (less than two years) tuberculosis clearance certificate by date of hire.

Candidate must submit proof of valid American Red Cross (or state recognized) certificates in the following: Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED for Lifeguards, First Aid, and Water and Safety Instructor; or must show proof of enrollment in courses to obtain required certifications. Applicants must possess all required certifications by hire date.

First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) and Bloodborne Pathogens certifications must be obtained within one year of hire.

All certifications must be maintained throughout employment in order to remain in the position. Failure to maintain certifications may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

Requisite Knowledge and Skill Levels:

Skilled in effective customer service techniques.

Knowledge of effective lifesaving techniques; and basic and advanced swimming strokes.

Considerable knowledge of teaching principles and practices; swimming instruction techniques and methods; and basic recordkeeping procedures.

General knowledge of municipal recreation, water safety, and aquatic practices and principles.

Skilled in lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED techniques.

Skilled in reading, writing, and communicating in English at an appropriate level.

Requisite Abilities:

Ability to act quickly, calmly, and appropriately in emergency situations; ability to perform lifesaving and rescue techniques, including administering CPR/AED and First Aid.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other City employees and the public.

Ability to generate interest among program/class participants; Evaluate and maintain participant progress and records.

Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

Ability to perform basic mathematic computations.

Ability to swim the six basic strokes proficiently and with endurance.

Ability to effectively instruct and demonstrate desired skills and strokes for lesson participants.

Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Supplemental Information


In accordance with Government Code Section 3100 - all City of Costa Mesa employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.


Must be able to pass a physical fitness performance test annually for continued employment.

Ability to lift heavy weights (e.g., a child); sit or stand for long periods of time; and work for extended periods in the outdoors, exposed to the sun, water and varying temperatures.

Exposure to various swimming pool water chemicals, such as chlorine.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Part-Time employees are appointed by and serve at the will of the Department Director. They are reviewed for merit salary advancement on a periodic basis. Generally, part-time employees are limited to no more than 1,000 hours of work per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Certain part-time employees, however, are permitted to exceed this limit.

Part-time employees participate in either the Public Agency Retirement System (PARS) or the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) depending on eligibility. Employees enrolled in PARS contribute 3.75% of salary with a matching City contribution. Employees enrolled in CalPERS contribute 7.5% - 10.469% of salary depending on eligibility.

Part-time positions are eligible to receive general leave benefits. General leave can be used for sick, vacation, or holiday time.

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires all new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

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