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Aquatic Programs - Lifeguard Swim instructor

Gravenhurst, ON, Canada Req #527
April 18, 2023

LOCATION: Gravenhurst YMCA

DEPARTMENT: Child, Youth & Aquatics



The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is a registered charity dedicated to building healthy communities by nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within our community.


The YMCA is thrilled to be recognized on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers 2022. The YMCA has always been a place for meaningful work experiences, not only because of the opportunities, but because of why we’re here. When you measure success by how many people you have helped, it adds a deeper sense of purpose to what you’re doing. By striving to improve our employee experience, we have made the YMCA a good place to work while doing good work.


Our YMCA is a trusted and respected employer of 1000 full and part time staff and hundreds of volunteers, serving tens of thousands of people each year in child care, camp, health and fitness, leadership, employment and literacy, immigrant services and youth programming. We provide upwards of $1 million in financial assistance each year to support individuals and families in local communities who otherwise would not be able to afford participation. The YMCA is committed to making its programs open and accessible to everyone.


So much more than buildings and programs, our YMCA is a place to belong and to grow strong. We promote and develop healthy minds and spirits as much as healthy bodies. We support children and youth to grow up strong, confident and resilient. And, we help busy individuals and families at every age and stage to connect with the people, the values and the activities that matter most to them, every day. We are committed to this work at every level of our organization because we know that when we support people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to fulfill health goals, reach their full potential and feel they truly belong, we build stronger communities. We currently operate across Simcoe County and the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound.


If you are an Aquatic professional who is passionate about building stronger, healthier and more connected communities, we want to talk to you.



Reporting to Child, Youth & Aquatic Supervisor the Lifeguard/Swim Instructor will assist, as a member of the department staff team, in ensuring service excellence in all Aquatic Program spaces and will assist in the safe operation of these programs and spaces; ensuring the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka regulations, National YMCA standards, Provincial Standards (health regulation) and SAM expectations are met.


The Lifeguard/Swim Instructor will give direct leadership to programs and services that include maintaining a safe aquatic environment at all times, educating the public regarding safe swimming habits and providing progressive swimming instruction in the YMCA aquatic system. Direct instruction and leadership in Family and Adult programming may also be included.



  • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to the mission and core values of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and the YMCA in Canada.
  • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to serving the membership, facility users and all program participants of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.
  • Provides instructional swimming lessons to various age groups following established curriculum.
  • Plan, organize and implement core lesson plans/daily lesson plans, progress reports and evaluations.
  • Maintain accurate, up to date progress sheets and records for participants; keep Daily Log up to date and accurate.
  • Set up and take down recreational, program and other equipment as required – at the same time checking that equipment is safe and in good repair (reporting immediately all malfunctions and removing the damaged equipment immediately from circulation).
  • Complete a safety check of lifesaving equipment prior to each shift. Assist staff team in some cleaning duties related to pool and equipment.
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.
  • Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Adherence to all provincial and federal legislation relevant to job description.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • National Lifeguard Program Award
  • Standard First Aid & CPR “C”
  • YMCA and/or Red Cross / Swim Instructor certification
  • YMCA Aquatic Fitness Certification or equivalent an asset
  • Current WHMIS certification an asset
  • One to three months of previous experience in lifeguarding and swim instruction an asset
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Flexibility regarding assigned hours of work, including early mornings, days, evenings and weekends
  • Must be able to work flexible hours based on client needs
  • Clear Police reference Check & Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Mandated training is provided and required to be completed before or shortly after commencement of work: 
    • Healthy Child Development 
    • SAM 2.0 
    • Child Protection orientation 
    • AODA training 
    • Health & Safety Awareness training          
    • Bill 168 (Violence & Harassment in the Workplace) training 
    • PCI Compliance 



Applications will remain open until June 16, 2023


We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest in this position; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. Individuals needing employment accommodation in the hiring process or job postings in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources department at


Please note that successful candidates will be required to submit a current and satisfactory Police Record with Vulnerable Sector Screen and three professional references for review prior to starting employment.


Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Travel Required No
  • Travel % 0
  • Telecommute % 0
  • Job Start Date May 7, 2023
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  • Gravenhurst, ON, Canada