NOTICE: Pool area, including sauna and steam room, will be closed July 21 for pool maintenance.

At the Y, you can channel your passion into a career helping to deliver positive change.

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As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y offers more than just a job—it’s a chance to make a lasting difference in the lives around you.

EEO Statement: Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, religion, color, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The YAKIMA FAMILY YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

Looking for a job or career in aquatics? The Y offers lifeguard certification courses for those 15 and older to give you the skills needed to prevent and handle emergency situations. Certification courses are offered on a quarterly basis. Upon successful completion of the course, you can apply to work for the YAKIMA FAMILY YMCA. Those hired by the YAKIMA FAMILY YMCA, will be reimbursed for the cost of the certification course.

Upcoming Lifeguard Certification Courses: Sessions in April, May, and June 2024

Prerequisites and FAQ’s

  • All course participants must first pass a skills test

Sign up in person at either of our two locations.

Benefits of lifeguarding at the YMCA: Lifeguarding is one of the best early career opportunities for teens and young adults. Lifeguard certification classes help develop leadership and communication skills and can lead to improved self-confidence. Plus, lifeguards often have to work together, which helps with using communication skills and can prepare someone for a future career in a team-oriented environment.


We bring men, women, and children—just like you—together to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve health and well-being, and foster a sense of social responsibility, so everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. You can join our team of volunteers who are united by a deep commitment to strengthen our community.

Volunteer opportunities depend on the needs of the YAKIMA FAMILY YMCA and may vary throughout the year. If there is a particular area you’d like to offer your services, please contact the department director of that given area.

Disclaimer: The YAKIMA FAMILY YMCA does not accept volunteers wishing to complete community service hours.