DEFINITION: Under the direction of the Community Services Supervisor, the Aquatic Specialist will organize and supervise a comprehensive aquatics program for the community, which includes the development and management of group and private swimming lesson programs, managing pool schedules of lifeguards, swim instructors and swim aides; develop a comprehensive and evolving staff training curriculum; lead aquatic staff trainings and develop a variety of aquatic programs that enhance community safety, health and wellness.
Supervision Received AND/OR Exercised: Under general supervision of the Community Services Supervisor, exercises direct and indirect supervision over program participants. Provides direction to upward of 60 part-time aquatic staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Performs a variety of tasks in the creation, implementation and evaluation of specialized aquatics programs and services in an assigned recreational area or activity.
Teaches and instructs participants in activities which require specialized skills and training.
Schedules, supervises, trains and develops aquatic staff
Makes hiring and staffing recommendations
Evaluates the full range of pool operations (i.e., rotation, ordinance enforcement, vigilance, staff performance, signage, hazards, etc.)
Prepares reports and recommendations on the basis of evaluated data and information
Provides reliable, effective lifeguard service and medical equipment to the field
Works effectively with other District staff to coordinate service delivery
Evaluates medical, rescue and training reports as a quality assurance function
Develops and evaluates effective procedures and policies to support the Aquatic program and protect liability exposure
Responds to Aquatic emergencies to participate in, support and/or coordinate response
Plans, conducts, oversees and evaluates a wide range of staff training
Assists with scheduling problems, develops work schedules, approves time cards
Complies and analyzes Aquatic service statistics and records
Develops, coordinates and administers aquatic recreation programs
Makes public presentations on safety and lifeguard service
Assists, teaches and arranges materials for CPR & First Aid classes to appropriate District classifications
Trains, instructs and performs skill audits for all subordinate staff.
Assures compliance with legal codes and requirements related to lifeguard procedures and emergency operations
Theories, principles and practices common to the operation of Aquatic programs in a specialized field, including rules, materials, and equipment.
Theories, principles and practices common to the administration, development and evaluation of specialized Aquatic programs, including budget creation and administration.
Principles and practices of leadership, supervision, employee motivation, team building and performance evaluation.
Pool water chemistry including the ability to perform water tests, makes analyses, and adds appropriate chemicals as required. Ability to solve technical problems within area of specialty.
Facility management and best practices for swimming pool operations.
Techniques for providing excellence in customer service and effective conflict resolution.
And understanding of cultural diversity and its importance in working with the community.
And familiarity with federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations that are pertinent to public sector recreation.
Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)
Emergency response protocol and coordination with other agencies for the highest level of emergency care.
Teach, lead and/or instruct specialized Aquatic programs.
Demonstrate strong organizational, planning and administrative skills. Must maintain detailed and accurate records.
Prepare budgets and meet budget targets. Assist in garnering grants, donations, sponsorships and in-kind services.
Collect, evaluate and interpret varied information and data, either in statistical or narrative form; interpret documents, agreements and contracts; interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
Monitor and evaluate program and service results and demonstrate outcomes both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Demonstrate sufficient community relations ability to build partnerships and advocacy for District programs and services.
Be a team-oriented leader committed to employee empowerment, problem solving and customer service.
Write promotional materials and participate in the marketing of Aquatic programs and services.
Utilize sound judgment, analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Administer and oversee contracted services.
Facilitate employee and community groups to solve problems, resolve conflicts and work effectively and collaboratively.
Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to develop program reports, evaluations and other material as well as conduct effective teaching, instruction and/or training.
Work odd or long hours at a time to complete projects or to participate in or coordinate evening and off-hour activities.
Respond quickly and appropriately in emergency situations and deal effectively with injuries and accidents as a result of aquatic/recreational programs and activities.
Travel to monitor programs, attend meetings as needed in the course of work.
Use a computer/word processor, design and compile data and reports, create presentations, analyze data, and develop budgets. Utilize computer applications (e.g. Microsoft Office) and data management applications for effective service delivery.
Operate modern office equipment, including fax machines, scanners, POS systems, multi-line telephone system, printers and copiers.
Education / Experience / Training: Any combination of education, experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:
Education: Possess an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in sports administration, physical education, recreation or related field. A Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Experience: Two (2) years of increasing responsibility in dealing with aquatic administrative and operational oversight, at least 12 months of which have been in a responsible supervisory position. Experience teaching swim lessons is a must.
Possession and maintenance of a valid California driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is a condition of initial and continued employment in this position.
Possession and maintenance of valid American Red Cross instructor certifications in
CPR for the Professional Rescuer
Standard First Aid
Water Safety Instructor Trainer
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The Desert Recreation District (DRD) was created in 1950 and is the largest recreation and park district in the state of California. Covering over 1,800 square miles, DRD is responsible for over 30 recreational facilities throughout the Coachella Valley that include a golf course and driving range, swimming pools, community and fitness centers, sports fields, various parks and open spaces.