Day Camp Boating Instructor and Lifeguard

Seasonal Fixed Term Contract

Posted date: March 01, 2019

Position vacancy Closing date: June 21, 2019
Employment TypeSeasonal
Job ID0987
EffectiveJune 15 – August 30, 2019
Reports toAquatics Team Leader and/Head Lifeguard or Day Camp Director
Location / RegionBrampton Heart Lake Y Day Camp #DayCamp2019
Job Code1204
Application DeadlineJune 21, 2019

Why Work for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides almost 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

YMCA Camping Services offer the highest quality Day Camp programs for more than 9000 children and youth in 55 locations across the Greater Toronto Area. YMCA Summer Day Camps offer numerous programs for 4-16 year olds that are safe, engaging, fun and contributing to the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s vision: Our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.

Boating Instructors will provide leadership and deliver boating programs at the YMCAs outdoor summer camp locations. The Boating Instructor is responsible for ensuring campers have a safe and high quality canoeing, kayaking and/or paddle boating experience. Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a passion for teaching children, and a sound understanding of risk management.  Although day camp boating instructors will primarily be in charge of the safety of campers and staff in an aquatic environment, they will also fill the role of a floating camp counselor at times, responsible for camper supervision and leading camp activities and games.

Day Camp Lifeguards ensure that all children and youth have a positive day camp experience leading to personal growth and leadership opportunities. The position monitors and delivers programs and activities and ensures the safety of children, youth and staff members when using aquatic facilities to achieve the day camp goals.  Although day camp lifeguards will primarily be in charge of the safety of campers and staff in an aquatic environment, they will also fill the role of a floating camp counselor at times, responsible for camper supervision and leading camp activities and games.


Safety; Monitors the safety of all waterfront/pool activities and responds immediate to rectify any safety concerns; is proactive in their role in ensuring the waterfront environment is safe and organized

Supervision; supervises campers and counselors when on/in the water and is ultimately responsible for the waterfront/pool environment, providing counselors and campers with on-going feedback and support in their role ensuring they are meeting expectations

Provides leadership to all camp staff; ensuring they have an understanding of how they can contribute to a safe, and positive waterfront/pool experience for campers and staff

Traditional camp program delivery; steps into a counselor/floater role to cover camper groups; supervise and run traditional programs when required

Relationship building; continuously builds relationships with all staff, volunteers and campers. Proactively approaches all children and youth; ensuring they have a positive aquatics experience and have a safe and enjoyable boating experience

Responsible for attending all staff trainings and meetings; including on-site pre-camp trainings as well as lifeguard in-services prior to the camp season and running in-services for guards on site if needed 

Ensures Health & Safety procedures are being followed and maintained; and shares with the staff team the duties of ensuring both the pool environment and camp site is clean, organized and safe

Ensure administrative tasks are completed accurately and on-time including all paperwork associated with the pool and / or boating program and waterfront/ pool logs are being filled out daily

Acts as a positive role model for children, youth and fellow staff through embodying the values of the YMCA, following all YMCA day camp guidelines, YMCA policies and procedures, OCA standards, High 5 Standards

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 legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Children's Aid Society

Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.

Other duties as assigned

Additional Responsibilities for Day Camp Boating Instructors:

Program Planning; Works with program head and/or camp director to ensure all program materials and safety equipment is purchased and in good working order to run a fun, safe and successful boating program

Program Quality; Responsible for canoe and/or paddle boating instruction to campers, and ensuring all YMCA Policies and Procedures, OCA guidelines, High 5 Standards and YMCA program module outlines are consistently being followed


  • Minimum age 18 by December 31st
  • Minimum 2-3 summers of day and/or overnight camp experience preferred
  • Experience with YMCA Summer Camps 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
  • Current National Lifesaving Society (NLS) by first day of employment (Waterfront NLS preferred)
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C that is valid until at least the last day of your contract
  • Must be certified in High Five ® Principals of Healthy Childhood Development by June 15, 2019
  • Experience teaching canoeing and/or kayaking to children aged 6-15 preferred
  • ORCKA Basic Instructor certified an asset


How to apply

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.

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