Making Waves: Why Working as a Lifeguard at the Y is the Perfect Fit for Retirees 

Last updated: March 1, 2024, at 10:43 a.m. PT

Originally published: March 1, 2024, at 10:41 a.m. PT

senior man with sitting in lifeguard chair by the pool

Ted Over started working as a lifeguard at the Sammamish Community YMCA much later in life than many do. Usually thought of as a job for young adults, Ted has flipped the script and found it can be a rewarding experience filled with community and purpose. And he believes it can be for other retirees as well! Here’s what Ted has learned about why working part-time as a lifeguard at the Y is a great fit for retirees.

Flexibility in Scheduling 

One of the key factors that drew Ted to work at the Y is the flexibility in scheduling part-time shifts. For those who value their leisure time and want to maintain a healthy work-life balance, the Y offers the perfect opportunity to work on their own schedule while still contributing to the community.  

Service to the Community 

For Ted, being a lifeguard isn't just about enforcing the rules—it's about serving the community and ensuring that everyone, from children learning to swim to seniors enjoying water aerobics, can do so in a safe and welcoming environment. The sense of fulfillment that comes from knowing you're making a difference in people's lives is unparalleled. 

Socialization and Positive Interaction 

As retirees, staying socially active and engaged becomes increasingly important. Working at the Y provides Ted and others like him with the opportunity to socialize with fellow staff members, interact with other members of the community, and foster meaningful connections—all while engaging in positive and purposeful activities. 

Financial Benefits 

Let's not forget the practical aspect—working at the Y helps boost Ted's retirement income in a helpful and meaningful way. The wages earned from part-time shifts provide a valuable supplement to his retirement savings, bolstering financial security while allowing him to pursue his passions and interests.  

Joining a Community of Lifelong Learners 

With his supervisor's encouragement, Ted started assisting with swim lessons and enjoyed it so much that he decided to take swim instructor training and now teaches swim lessons. A core part of the Y's mission is the belief in nurturing personal growth. Like Ted, retirees can continue their personal development. Every day presents new challenges and opportunities for learning, making each shift a chance to make a positive impact and to create lifelong memories and friendships. 

Ted's hope is that more retirees will consider joining him in the ranks of Y lifeguards and swim instructors. Not only is it a fulfilling way to spend your retirement years, but it also allows you to continue making a positive impact in your community while enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.  

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