Aquatics directors oversee activities and operations in a gym, swimming facility, or community center and are responsible for creating, organizing, and implementing aquatic programs such as exercise and swimming classes, special events, and recreational swimming. These directors should have some prior leadership experience to supervise aquatics staff, such as lifeguards, swim teachers, and swim team coaches, and they may be given a budget to be managed and used for pool maintenance and purchasing equipment.
Aquatics directors typically work with executive leadership to implement necessary changes as time goes on, and these aquatics directors should have CPR, first aid, and swim instructor and/or lifeguard certification. Prior experience as a lifeguard and/or swim instructor may also be necessary. Some aquatics directors are in charge of hiring new staff members and providing training programs for new and existing employees, and they must ensure that staff members are providing quality customer service at all times.
Some aquatics director may also fulfill the duties of lifeguards or swim instructors when staff is lacking, and it's important to ensure that these facilities are clean and free of hazards at all times and the quality of programs is maintained. Some positions require only a high school diploma, while others require a college degree in a relevant field.
Aquatics Director Tasks
Manage daily operations at an aquatics facility.
Follow procedures for pool maintenance and report any problems.
Enforce compliance with all safety regulations among staff and patrons, working to eliminate potential hazards.
Schedule lessons, programs, and events at aquatics facilities.
Train and supervise aquatics staff, including lifeguards, instructors, and maintenance staff.