Now Hiring

Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

Gravenhurst, ON, Canada Req #527
May 27, 2024

The opportunity:

Dive into an amazing opportunity with the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka as a Lifeguard Swim Instructor! If you're all about making a splash and having a blast while ensuring everyone's safety, this role is perfect for you! As a key member of our aquatics team, you'll be working alongside awesome colleagues to create a top-notch experience in all our Aquatic Program spaces. Safety is our priority, and you'll play a vital role in the smooth and secure operation of our programs. From following YMCA standards to meeting health regulations and SAM expectations, you'll be the superhero who keeps everything in check!

But that's not all - as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, you'll be the rockstar of aquatic education. You'll be empowering our community by providing top-notch swimming instruction and promoting safe swimming habits. And guess what? It's not just about the kids - you'll also lead and inspire families and adults in their aquatic journey. So if you're up for a splash-tastic adventure, join us and make a real difference in the lives of our YMCA members! Let's make waves together!


In this role, you will:

  • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to serving the membership, facility users and all program participants of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.
  • Provide 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.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Understand the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrate the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Adhere to all provincial and federal legislation relevant to job description.


You bring:

  • 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
  • Clear Police reference Check & Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Willingness to participate in mandated training to be completed before or shortly after commencement of work including:
    • AODA Training
    • Health & Safety Awareness Training
    • Bill 168 (Violence & Harassment in the Workplace) Training
    • PCI Compliance
    • WHMIS
    • Child Protection Training

Why work for the Y:
At the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka, we believe in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members and staff. As a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of our members and the community as a whole. You will work alongside a supportive team of individuals who are committed to our mission of building healthy communities.


  • Wellness day
  • YMCA Health and Fitness membership 

In addition to a competitive salary and benefits package, we offer ongoing training and development opportunities to help you grow professionally and personally. If you're looking for a challenging and rewarding career, working with a diverse team where your own ideas will be heard, then the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka is the perfect place for you.

About us:

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is a registered charity committed to fostering healthy communities by empowering children, youth, and families, promoting well-being, and encouraging social responsibility.

Our YMCA employs over a thousand staff and hundreds of volunteers who serve tens of thousands of individuals each year in various programs such as childcare, camps, health and fitness, leadership development, employment and literacy, immigrant services, and youth programming. We offer over $1 million in financial assistance annually to ensure accessibility for those who cannot afford to participate.

Beyond facilities and programs, covering Simcoe County, Muskoka and Parry Sound Districts, our YMCA is a supportive community that fosters mental, emotional, and physical well-being. We empower children and youth to become strong, confident, and resilient individuals. We assist individuals and families at all stages of life to connect with what matters most to them, fostering a sense of belonging. By supporting people from diverse backgrounds, ages, and abilities to achieve their health goals, fulfill their potential, and feel a genuine sense of belonging, we contribute to the creation of stronger communities.
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka successfully raises over $1 million each year through strategic campaigns.


Applications will remain open until the position is filled.


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
  • Hiring Rate $17.75
  • Travel Required No
  • Travel % 0
  • Telecommute % 0
Location on Google Maps
  • Gravenhurst, ON, Canada