Lifeguard - Purruna Spencer Newton Centre

Department: Recreation & Fitness

Type: Casual

Posted: 15 January 2024

Closes: 30 April 2024


YMCA South Australia is seeking Lifeguards to join us at the Purruna Spencer Newton Centre.The Purruna Centre has been designed to deliver well-being outcomes for students, staff, and the broader community. Its purpose is to improve well-being by increasing physical activity levels, developing skills, and stimulating social and mental fitness.

Pool Lifeguards take on much greater responsibility than simply supervising water space. As well as identifying potential risk factors and taking steps to reduce those risks, you will act as positive role models to build happier, healthier communities within the facilities that we manage.

Key duties include:

  • Provide active supervision of all aquatic patrons in your area of responsibility to ensure safety of all users
  • Maintain concentrated observation of pools and patrons to anticipate and respond to problems
  • Identify and quickly respond appropriately to any emergency
  • In the event of injury or illness provide appropriate first aid
  • Comply with legislative and organizational requirements relating to current water restrictions and the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation
  • Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of the Centre’s Emergency Action Plan


YMCA South Australia is a not-for-profit community organisation that has served the South Australian community for more than 170 years. With approximately 1000 employees (and growing), we deliver programs and services across the state in settings including community recreation centres, swimming pools, health and fitness facilities, community centres, camps, early education and schools and youth services.

Our aim is to develop the whole person, helping all South Australians connect with a better life. Not only their physical fitness and capabilities, but also their sense of identity, purpose, hope and dignity; psychological health; resilience; social connectedness; lifelong learning; and their own contribution back into the community. All the elements that together constitute a full, healthy, productive and satisfying life.


Successful candidates will also have, or be willing to obtain:

  • Pool Lifeguard Certificate
  • Certificate of completion for “Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care” Training
  • (HLTAID011) Provide First Aid or equivalent Certificate
  • (HLTAID009) Provide CPR or equivalent Certificate
  • Proven capability to build strong and positive relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aquatic Supervision
  • Friendly, personable, and capable of communicating complex services and concepts efficiently and effectively

To view the position descriptions for this role, please visit our website at


  • The opportunity to join a purpose-driven not-for-profit organisation
  • Contribution towards ongoing education e.g., conferences, courses
  • Free access to YMCA South Australia’s recreation facilities
  • A culture of empowerment and growth with ongoing opportunities for career development
  • A supportive team of passionate and professional individuals.


For a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Simon Watkins on 0499 790 631.


Does this sound like you? Please submit your resume and cover letter to Simon Watkins via APPLY NOW!

You must address the key selection criteria in your application.

Applications close on 15 February 2024.

Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be notified.


At the Y, we are committed to empowering all Children and Young People to feel safe and be safe, at the Y, in their families and in their communities. As such, we ensure that all of our candidates are appropriately screened to make sure that the right people are in the right roles. This includes:

  • National Police Check (issued in the last 6 months)
  • DHS Working With Children Check
  • International Criminal History Record Check (if worked overseas in the last 5 years)

To learn more about our screening processes, click here to view our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy:

YMCA South Australia is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to safeguarding children and young people and other vulnerable people.