Lifeguarding Academy

Nature & scope:

Are you looking for challenging, meaningful work that will help develop transferable skills to build your resume? Or are you looking for growth in your career while supporting students and the broader community? Join us at Hart House – a dynamic, inclusive centre for exploration and discovery outside the classroom, focused on the arts, dialogue and wellness.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Hart House Lifeguards are responsible for providing effective supervision and enduring safety during all aquatic programming. Swim Instructors will have the additional responsibility of teaching both private and group aquatic instructional programming. Hart House Swim Instructors aim to progress each swimmer towards achieving the desired learning outcomes of the program.

Reporting to the Physical Activity and Aquatics Program Supervisor, the successful candidate will work as a part of the Hart House Aquatics team to provide a safe, educational, and enjoyable environment for all patrons.

Union: USW 1998
Casual Position Type: Part-Time Contract or Permanent: Contract.
Start Date: ASAP
End Date: April 30, 2023 ( with the possibility of extension)
Number of Positions: 5-10
Campus Job Location: Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3)
Hourly Wage: $21-$23
Hours per week: 4-10, variable
Type of Schedule: Must be able to work various shifts, including early mornings, evenings and weekends.

- Competitive hourly wage
- Paid training and certifications
- On-site gym
- Career growth and development opportunities
- Fun and community-based workplace



- Providing excellent customer service and facilitating a safe and enjoyable swimming experience for all pool users and fitness centre patrons.
- Upholding all required certifications, rescue techniques, first aid knowledge, and physical fitness.
- Maintaining surveillance of all persons in the water through vigilant scanning techniques and ensuring pool rules are being adhered to.
- Keeping the pool enclosure and change rooms clean and free of obstructions and debris.
- Assessing rescue equipment, setting up and taking down equipment as necessary.
- Performing opening and closing procedures, monitoring and recording pool and deck temperature, chemical levels, and participation statistics.
- Reacting calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
- Responding to first aid situations and public relations situations within the pool enclosure and community change rooms and within Hart House.
- Enforcing all Ontario Ministry of Health Regulations for swimming pools and University policies.
- Embracing the department’s mission and values.

Administrative duties include:
- Filling out incident/accident reports.
- Maintaining excellent communication with fellow staff members, supervisors and managers, including preventative maintenance of the facility and potential problems.
- Attending all staff training and update clinics.
- Other duties may be assigned.


Required qualifications: 

- Current (1) National Lifeguard, and (2) Standard First Aid & CPR-C

- Airway Management
- Instructor Trainer/Examiner
- Pool Supervisor/Pool Operator Certifications
- Prior lifeguarding experience is considered an asset
- Preference is given to the University of Toronto students

Employment is subject to successful completion of Emergency Procedure and Staff Trainings. Skills will include lifeguarding, first aid and CPR in recreational swim and instructional settings. Skills are evaluated to the minimum standards set by the Lifesaving Society. Candidates are expected to be consistent, reliable, and professional.

How to apply:

Please send application material to: Subject line should include the title of the position. Please include your resume, cover letter and copies of certifications in your application. Only candidates who meet the outlined requirements will be contacted for an interview. If you require accommodation(s) due to disability, please contact us, and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.


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