Summer Student – Aquatic Head Instructor/Lifeguard

City of Ottawa based in Ottawa, ON is inviting applications from suitable candidates for the position of Summer Student – Aquatic Head Instructor/Lifeguard. City of Ottawa is Canada’s capital, in the east of southern Ontario, near the city of Montréal and the U.S. border. Our Ottawa River has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art. Our park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter. The candidates who will get selected for the vacancy will be required to start the work as soon as possible.

Job Description:

Employer’s Name: City of Ottawa
Position: Summer Student – Aquatic Head Instructor/Lifeguard
Job Location: Ottawa, ON
No of Vacancies: To be determined
Salary: $16.884 to $18.276 per hour (2022 rates of pay)
Employment Type: Full time
Shifts: To be determined
Requisition ID: 5959
Department: Rec, Cultural & Facility Services Dept.
Affiliation: CUPE 503 PT Rec & Cult
Job Category: Summer Student Recruitment


Languages: Candidates must have knowledge of the English, French or Bilingual Language
Education: Candidates need standard educational qualification such as a High School Graduate entering college/university in the fall
Experience: Candidates need an experience of 2 years or more, 500 hours of Lifeguarding and 500 hours of instructing in an Aquatic environment

Physical Requirements:

  • The candidate should be physically fit
  • The candidate should be capable of safe lifting techniques and also be in a proper attire and footwear

Other Requirements:

  • The candidates should be of 18 years or more
  • The candidate having certificates such as Current National Lifeguard Pool certificate, Current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate, Current Lifesaving Instructor certificate, Current Standard First Aid, CPR and/or AED certificates, Current Oxygen Therapy or LSS Airway Management certificate, Current advanced Instructor/Trainer status is preferred in at least one Aquatic specialty area (Red Cross or NLS Instructor, First Aid and CPR Instructor, Examiner, Instructor/Trainer certificate), Aquatic Supervisor Training preferred, AODA Accessibility/IASR Training, Certified Pool Operator (CPO) is an asset, Aquafitness Instructor certificate (CALA, YM-YWCA, WaterART or other recognized certification) is an asset
  • The candidate must have knowledge of aquatic programs and standards and also be applicable City of Ottawa Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services departmental policies & procedures.
  • The candidate should be able to understand the developmental and recreational needs of children, have AODA – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (legislated training required by 2010) also have City of Ottawa cash handling procedures skills
  • The candidate must possess the training, experience and knowledge to organize the work and its performance, must be familiar with all applicable health and safety legislation, have knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace, and have knowledge of appropriate actions to be taken in order to ensure the health and safety of staff in accordance with applicable legislation and City policies and procedures.
  • The candidate having City of Ottawa Parks & Recreation Core Training and City of Ottawa cash handling procedures is desirable
  • The candidate should have experience working with the general public.
  • The candidate should have technical skills for the appropriate program, be able to demonstrate supervisory and strong leadership skills and also have an experience and demonstrated ability to train, supervise and evaluate staff.
  • The candidate should have conflict resolution and problem solving skills, with the ability to manage simultaneous demands, have the ability to work in a team setting or independently and also maintain a fun and safe environment
  • The candidate should have an excellent interpersonal communication, leadership and programming skills, have good organization skills also have a sound judgment in difficult situations
  • The candidate should be able to provide emergency response skills and knowledge of specialized lifesaving equipment and also must have knowledge of aquatic programs and standards
  • The candidate must be able to relate to children and be a good role model, must be tactful, kind and patient and also must be calm under pressure
  • The candidate must be creative and resourceful, must be reliable and trustworthy and also must be flexible and enthusiastic
  • The candidate must have good written and verbal communication skills, have the ability to follow verbal and/or written directions/procedures. and also must be able to work well in a team environment.
  • The candidate should be able to enjoy working with the public and also be able to demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills with the ability to motivate teams.
  • The candidate should be able to provide a police record check


  • The candidate should be responsible for the day-to-day operation of facilities and service delivery for recreation venues and programs, parks & recreation policies, and programs for cultural services and also be able to ensure the operations, processes and services are customer-centric and efficient.
  • The candidate should be able to deliver community recreation programs through geographically aligned areas across the City, aquatic, sport and physical activity programming for all ages, as well as programming to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and population segments who may experience barriers to access recreation services and also be responsible for life-guarding and instructing
  • The candidate should be able to oversee the aquatic facility, programs and staff in the absence of the Aquatic Supervisor or full-time staff, ensure that staff follow, and programs fall in line with, all guidelines, policies and procedures, assist in training, staff scheduling, and mentoring of staff; monitor the conduct of patrons and prevent accidents and respond to emergencies by administering the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the City of Ottawa and of certifying bodies to ensure the safety and enjoyment of patrons in an aquatic environment.
  • The candidate should be able to operate and required tools/equipment and also be able to follow verbal and/or written directions/procedures

How to apply:

If the position is fit for you and the basic requirements are fulfilled then you can now apply (along with your resume) through below mentioned details.

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We thank all the applicants for showing their interest and trust in us, however, only the most eligible candidates will be selected and conducted for further procedure directly from employers, in between no charges/fees or original documents will be asked from any applicant. All the best!

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