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? Come join us at Hart House – a dynamic, inclusive center for exploration and discovery outside the classroom, focused around 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 Swim Instructors are responsible for teaching both private and group aquatic instructional programming. 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.

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

Start Date: ASAP
End Date: April 30, 2023 (with possibility of extension)
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 a variety of shifts including early mornings, evenings and weekends.
Union: USW 1998 Casual Application
Deadline: Ongoing
Application Method: Email
Position Type: Part-Time Contract or Permanent: Contract



- Providing excellent customer service and facilitating a safe and enjoyable swimming experience for all pool users and fitness centre patrons.
- Providing instructional swimming lessons to participants of various age groups, skill levels and learning styles following the established curriculum.
- Beginning and ending classes punctually, based on the pre-designated class schedule.
- 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.
- Completing class attendance before each session.
- Completing participant progress reports.

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 National Lifeguard
- Swim Instructor
- Lifesaving Instructor
- 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. Candidates must be able to demonstrate ability to swim all strokes taught at the facility.

How to apply:

Please send application material to: The 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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