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Lifeguarding Academy

Nature and Scope:

The Lifeguard is responsible for ensuring a safe environment and providing direct supervision of the indoor pool and deck area including whirlpool, sauna, waterslide, spinal board and associated equipment; provides emergency first response and rescue services where required, communicate and provide direct assistance to emergency response teams, as requested. The lifeguard is responsible for providing swim tests to all members and guests under the age of 12 years and ensuring wrist bands are issued and worn at all times, by those who have successfully completed the test in accordance with YMCA SWO Aquatics policies and procedures.

The operating hours of the Petrolia YMCA Aquatics department is Monday to Friday 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with reduced hours on weekends and holidays subject to change based on operational requirements. **Actual shifts available are opening and daytime (5:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. primarily Monday to Friday — duration can vary between 15 to 25 hours per week)

Job tasks:

  1. Actively guard and scan the appropriate guard zone(s) in the pool and deck area to ensure a safe environment for all members and guests.

  2. Identify and administer swim tests to any member or guest under the age of 12 years who wishes to access the deep end of the pool. Issue wrist bands to persons who have successfully completed the swim test; ensure the wrist band is prominently worn and The YMCAs across & visible to all guards.

  3. Conduct routine regular check of pool, deck and associated accessories/equipment and emergency first aid response kits; identify, remove and report to the appropriate supervisory or maintenance personnel defective or unsafe conditions or equipment.

  4. Adhere to and maintain compliance with emergency evacuation and reporting policies, procedures and regulations. Provide First Response and Rescue Services, where required; communicate with and provide direct assistance to Emergency Response Team, as requested.

  5. Adhere to NLS standards and YMCA aquatic policies and procedures.

  6. Set up area for swim testing and wrist band administration.

  7. Accurately complete all administrative duties relating to the testing and tracking of swim test data.

  8. Adhere to and maintain records and reporting of all legislative meter readings including bather logs, water conditions etc.

  9. Maintain open and positive communication with participants, parents/guardians. Be accessible to parents and respond to questions or concerns.

  10. Model appropriate behaviours toward staff, volunteers and members in line with the YMCA Mission and Vision statement; act proactively to develop positive relationships with members, participants, peers and volunteers.

  11. Ensure participant safety always; follow YMCA Protection of Children and Vulnerable Persons and Serious Occurrence policies.

  12. Communicate concerns to Supervisor in a timely manner.

  13. Actively maintain personal work space and equipment ensuring a neat, clean, safe environment and equipment always; complete incident report forms when necessary.

  14. Adhere to accepted safety practices and procedures in the use of all equipment and in all activities; check for health and safety hazards when on duty; assist in the safety and security of members/participants.

  15. Ensure compliance with legislative requirement and applicable industry standards for Occupational Health & Safety, Accessibility Ontario Disability Act, Ontario Human Rights Act and Employment Standards Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act Regulation 565 — Public Pools — Health Protection and Promotion Act 428/05 — Public Spas; and Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 — Ontario Regulations 221/01 Amusement Devises’.


Required qualifications:

  • Minimum 6 months Lifeguard experience; minimum 6 months experience providing swim instruction to individuals’ or groups ranging in age pre-school, adult and senior.

  • NLS Certification, required; AED Certification, required; Lifesaving Society Instructor, required.

  • Interpersonal skills and customer service orientation; outgoing, inclusive and welcoming in nature; resourceful, flexible, motivated and energetic.

  • WMHIS, Basic Worker Health and Safety Certification, AODA, Level 1 Child Protection Certification, will train

  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C; Current Satisfactory Police Record Check — Vulnerable sector is required for applicants 18 and over


Interested applicants are should send their resume and copies of NLS Certification to



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