As a lifeguard, the primary objective was to watch the water at all times and to prevent an accident before it occurred by all means available. Other responsibilities included: cleaning the facility to ensure health safety, setting up the cabanas for private parties, and communicating with patrons when there was a problem with the pool. As a swim instructor, the primary objective was to teach kids not only how to swim, but about water safety. The same certifications were required for these jobs as the YMCA. This was only a summer job, so I only worked the summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008.