Apply at an upcoming hiring fair

Work hand-in-hand with people to develop lifelong skills that promote health in a safety-focused environment as a YMCA lifeguard or swim instructor.

Learn more about aquatics jobs and apply an upcoming hiring fair:

West St. Paul YMCA
150 Thompson Ave East
West St. Paul, MN 55118
November 15th 6:30pm-8:30pm
Southdale YMCA
7355 York Ave S.
Edina, MN 55435
November 16th 6:30pm-8:30pm
White Bear YMCA
2100 Orchard Lane
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
November 18th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

What to expect at a hiring fair

  • Previous experience or certifications are not required, but you must be at least 16 years old to apply for aquatics jobs
  • There’s no need to pre-register—just show up anytime during the event times
  • When you arrive at the Y, check in at the membership desk
  • You’ll be directed to the pool and will be asked to sign in
  • Come prepared to participate in an interview, and to complete an in-water skills assessment
  • You’ll have time to change into swim attire between the interview and in-water skills assessment
  • The in-water skills assessment will be done in groups
  • You’ll be contacted within one week of the hiring fair to discuss your options with the YMCA

Contact Paul David with questions.

For the in-water skills assessment, you’ll be asked to:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously while demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing—choose to swim the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination. Swimming on your back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only your legs—hands should be placed in your armpits.
  • Complete timed events within one minute and 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards—your face may in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet- or head-first to a depth of seven to 10 feet, and retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to the starting point. You must keep both hands holding the object, and keep your face at or near the surface so that you are able to get a breath. Swimming this distance underwater is not allowed.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

For the in-water skills assessment, you’ll be asked to:

  • Demonstrate six swim strokes (at least four must be in very proficient form)—front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke and butterfly.
  • Tread water for two minutes with two different kicks.