City of Tampa

Aquatics Leader III (#001115) 022

$21.72-$30.81 Hourly / $3,764.80-$5,340.40 Monthly / $45,177.60-$64,084.80 Yearly


This is responsible leadership and instructional work involving an aquatic facility. Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for overseeing activities and enforcing safety rules at a municipal swimming facility or assisting in the overseeing of activities at a larger, more complex aquatic facility.  Tasks are of more than average difficulty, requiring the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment in organizing, coordinating or conducting activities at an assigned area.  These include conducting Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR classes.  Under general supervision, employees must insure the maintenance of the assigned facility, including responsibility for pool water condition.  Depending on area to which assigned, the employee might work variable hours including evenings, weekends and holidays.  Considerable tact and courtesy are expected in all contacts with facility patrons, particularly when taking corrective measures for infractions of rules.  Work is reviewed through observation, conferences and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Organizes and coordinates programs and activities at an aquatics facility on a year round basis.  

Oversees maintenance of swimming area, equipment and supplies when required; backwashes filters; maintains chemical balance and level of water.  

Schedules, assigns, trains, oversees, and provides leadership to lower level employees in supervisor's absence; evaluates and identifies training needs to ensure that all safety rules are enforced; develops training classes, curriculum and lesson plans.  

Enforces safety rules and ensures that other employees enforce rules to maintain safety of participants; monitors maintenance of all lifesaving equipment and first aid supplies; administers and oversees first aid and lifesaving techniques; responds immediately and takes responsibility in case of emergency.  

Conducts periodic checks of all areas patrolled by lower level employees in order to ascertain that rules and regulations are being enforced.  

Teaches swimming lessons for both adults and children; teaches CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding and Water Safety classes; organizes, promotes, and conducts a wide variety of aquatics activities and programs.  

Participates in maintenance of records and preparation of reports; prepares attendance sheets, daily reports and special activities summaries; compiles accident reports; maintains payroll, inventory and supply ordering information.  

Schedules mandatory recertification of all employees to ensure compliance with standards.  

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of:  lifesaving principles and practices; water safety techniques and use of rescue equipment; first aid procedures; water filtration equipment and operating procedures.   

Working knowledge of:  basic records keeping.   

Ability to:  monitor the work of other employees; instruct others in swimming and lifesaving methods; enforce rules and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially; react quickly, calmly and rationally in emergencies; maintain records and compile reports;  communicate and interact effectively with the general public; perform duties requiring physical strength and endurance.   

Skill in: the operation and maintenance of lifesaving equipment; swimming and lifesaving procedures; lifeguard audits.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and completion of two (2) years of college with three (3) years experience in aquatics or recreation operations, including maintenance and training tasks; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of: current nationally certified First Aid, CPR, FPR, and Lifeguarding Certificates; a valid Florida driver's license. Water Safety Instructor certification is required. Aquatic Facility Operator certification is preferred.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 001115; EST: 8/7/2013; REV: 1/24/2022;