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Instructor, Specialized Aquafitness

Requisition ID: 297 
Department: Rec, Cultural & Facility Services Dept. 
Service: Complexes, Aqua & Specialized Services  
1 or more Part-time Continuous Positions – up to 24 hours per week 
Salary Information: $28.282   - $37.898 per hour (2021 rates of pay)  
Various Shifts: Days, Evenings, Weekends 
Affiliation: CUPE 503 PT Rec & Cult 
Location: Various locations 
Job Category: Recreation, Cultural & Facility Services
Application Close: 15/05/2022


The Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services department is responsible for building a healthy, inclusive and vibrant City, as well as ensuring that communities, residents and visitors have access to the recreation and cultural places, programs, events and services that allow them to experience all the benefits the City has to offer, and overseeing Buildings and Facilities Management for improved service delivery integration, ensuring the best possible client experience in City facilities.

You are responsible for teaching specialized aquafitness programming to participants in a safe and enjoyable manner while following the guidelines of the certifying agency, and in accordance with corporate and departmental policies, procedures, guidelines and standards.


Completion of Grade 11 and current

Certifications from a recognized certifying organization (or equivalent as deemed acceptable by management)

Minimum of 6 months of experience or equivalent apprenticeship


Aquafitness Instructor Specialty certification (CALA, YM-YWCA, WaterART or other recognized certification)
Current Standard First Aid, CPR and/or AED certificates
AODA Accessibility/IASR Training
Current National Lifeguard Pool certificate is an asset
Current Oxygen Therapy or LSS Airway Management certificate is an asset


  • Corporate and Departmental policies, guidelines and directives
  • City of Ottawa emergency response procedures
  • Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers
  • Knowledge of specialty area, including but not limited to, demographic needs, goals and objectives and how to safely design and facilitate specialty fitness programs


  • Able to handle the stress of an emergency situation
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Understanding of and ability to communicate using verbal and non-verbal cues
  • Offer alternatives and options to participants
  • Understand contraindications for specialty populations
  • Vibrant, energetic, motivating teaching style
  • Professional appearance and demeanour while on duty
  • Report to work in ample time to be ready at the start of their shift
  • Possess the physical capability to perform the ongoing duties of the position, including ability to demonstrate all movement patterns and facilitate an active fitness class
  • Asset:
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Works well in a team environment
    • Reliable


  • 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.; Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.
  • The City of Ottawa has a Mandatory Vaccination Policy which requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination by November 15, 2021 as a condition of employment.
  • Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements. 
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available. 


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, Aboriginal peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, 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.