Are you looking for an amazing summer experience on the water? As a lifeguard at summer camp, you will be working at the pool and/or lake to ensure campers and staff are safe as they enjoy the camp waterfront. Often lifeguards also live as counselors in bunks with campers. Experience lifeguarding preferred but not always necessary for a strong swimmer.
A responsible, enthusiastic, and energetic person who wants to spend their summer acting as a mentor and role model for kids while ensuring safety at all times is what summer camps are looking for.
You will work, play, and live in a structured outdoor environment as a summer camp lifeguard or waterfront specialist, emphasizing a sense of fun, family, friendship, and belonging. Duties include:
- Ensure camper safety in and out of the water at ALL times
- Participation in Staff Orientation and training before camp begins
- Assist with setting up and closing of aquatics facilities
- Assist with routine maintenance of aquatics facilities
- Evaluate the aquatic abilities of individual campers
- Assist with required record keeping
- Supervise and lend assistance to campers, with an emphasis on safety
- Carry out duties assigned by supervising staff
- Have fun!
Typical Summer Camp Lifeguard Requirements
- Must be available to work from early-mid June through mid-late August
- At least one year of college or age equivalent
- Current Red Cross (or equivalent) Lifeguard Certification or willingness to obtain certification upon employment
- Previous experience as a lifeguard with knowledge of aquatic recue and safety techniques preferred
- A passion for caring for and guiding children and young adults
- A healthy, positive and flexible attitude with strong teamwork skills
- Ability to work in a fast paced environment
- A friendly and empathetic attitude
- First aid and CPR certifications are a big plus
- Must be able to pass a dug and/or background test according to camp policies and local laws
General Summer Camp Lifeguard Salary
Typically, summer camp counselors can expect to make $300 – $400 a week during the summer, or around $1,400 for a typical 4-week session, and $2,100 – $3,200 for a typical 7-8 week session. Salaries depend on credentials and experience and vary from one camp organization to the next.
Typical Camp Lifeguard Job Benefits and Information
- Room and Board
- Food and Meals Provided
- Paid Days Off
- Staff Only Gear
- Laundry Facilities
- Valuable Leadership Experience
- Networking within a Large and Diverse Staff and Alumni Community
Summer Camp Lifeguard and Waterfront Positions
Fill out the short application below to submit your resume to our summer camp partners!