Summer Student - Aquatic Head Instructor/Lifeguard



Requisition ID: 5959 

Department: Rec, Cultural & Facility Services Dept. 

Multiple Positions

Affiliation: CUPE Local 503 - Aquatics

Salary Information: $16.884  - $18.276 per hour (2022 rates of pay)

City: Ottawa, ON 

Job Category: Summer Student Recruitment

Application Close: 01/09/2023


Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services is responsible for the day-to-day operation of facilities and service delivery for recreation venues and programs, parks & recreation policies, and programs for cultural services. Ensures the operations, processes and services are customer-centric and efficient. The units deliver community recreation programs through geographically aligned areas across the City, aquatic, sport and physical activity programming for all ages, as well as programming to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and population segments who may experience barriers to access recreation services.

You are responsible for life-guarding and instructing as required.  You: oversee the aquatic facility, programs and staff in the absence of the Aquatic Supervisor or full-time staff; ensure that staff follow, and programs fall in line with, all guidelines, policies and procedures; assist in training, staff scheduling, and mentoring of staff; monitor the conduct of patrons; and prevent accidents and respond to emergencies by administering the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the City of Ottawa and of certifying bodies to ensure the safety and enjoyment of patrons in an aquatic environment.


High School Graduate entering college/university in the fall

Two years or more of related experience is required

  • Minimum age of 18 years is required
  • 500 hours of Lifeguarding 
  • 500 hours of instructing in an Aquatic environment


Current National Lifeguard Pool certificate
Current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate
Current Lifesaving Instructor certificate
Current Standard First Aid, CPR and/or AED certificates
Current Oxygen Therapy or LSS Airway Management certificate
Current advanced Instructor/Trainer status is preferred in at least one Aquatic specialty area (Red Cross or NLS Instructor, First Aid and CPR Instructor, Examiner, Instructor/Trainer certificate)
Aquatic Supervisor Training preferred
AODA Accessibility/IASR Training
Certified Pool Operator (CPO) is an asset
Aquafitness Instructor certificate (CALA, YM-YWCA, WaterART or other recognized certification) is an asset


  • Must have knowledge of aquatic programs and standards
  • Applicable City of Ottawa Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services departmental policies & procedures. 
  • Understanding the developmental and recreational needs of children.
  • AODA - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (legislated training required by 2010)
  • City of Ottawa cash handling procedures
  • Must possess the training, experience and knowledge to organize the work and its performance. 
  • Must be familiar with all applicable health and safety legislation, have knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the work place, and have knowledge of appropriate actions to be taken in order to ensure the health and safety of staff in accordance with applicable legislation and City policies and procedures.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • City of Ottawa Parks & Recreation Core Training
  • City of Ottawa cash handling procedures


  • Experience working with the general public.
  • Ability to operate and required tools/equipment
  • Ability to follow verbal and/or written directions/procedures.
  • Technical skills for the appropriate program
  • Demonstrates supervisory and strong leadership skills
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to train, supervise and evaluate staff.
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills, with the ability to manage simultaneous demands
  • Ability to work in a team setting or independently
  • Maintain a fun and safe environment
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, leadership and programming skills
  • Good organization skills
  • Sound judgment in difficult situations
  • Emergency response skills and knowledge of specialized lifesaving equipment
  • Must have knowledge of aquatic programs and standards
  • Must be able to relate to children and be a good role model
  • Must be tactful, kind and patient
  • Must be calm under pressure
  • Must be creative and resourceful
  • Must be reliable and trustworthy
  • Must be flexible and enthusiastic
  • Must have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to follow verbal and/or written directions/procedures.
  • Must be able to work well in a team environment.
  • Enjoy working with the public. 
  • Demonstrates team work and leadership skills with the ability to motivate teams.
  • Physically fit
  • Proper attire and footwear
  • Capable of safe lifting techniques


  • Language Requirement:Various language requirements, locations may require English only, French only OR Bilingual competencies. Some positions require English oral, reading, and writing. Some positions required French oral, reading and writing.   
  • Police Record Check: The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check with the Police Services detachment in their jurisdiction to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction.; Note: Under the age of 18, requires a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters check in place of the Vulnerable Sector Check.; Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.  
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We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.


The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.



 Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.