Health and Fitness Health Educator Aquatics

Full Time Regular

Posted date: December 05, 2017

Position vacancy Closing date: December 19, 2017
Employment TypeFull Time
Job ID749
PayStarting Salary: $30, 912
HoursFlexibility regarding assigned hours of work, including days, early mornings, late evenings and weekends
Reports toDirector, Aquatics & Child, Youth & Family Programs
Location / RegionToronto Scarborough Town Centre Ct. YMCA
Application DeadlineDecember 19, 2017

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 more than 5,000 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

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. The Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Court is one of nine full service health and fitness centres across the Greater Toronto area. The Centre provides a full range of services and community programs to more than 8,000 members, including children, youth and adults, who represent the diversity of Toronto and its communities

The Health Educator assists in the overall delivery of Health and Fitness Aquatic programs. The position ensures that Health and Fitness programs meet all YMCA standards and as a member of our program team, assists in the delivery of Aquatic programs as well in all other areas of our service.


Delivers programs in a manner in which the Mission, Vision, values, goals and practices, including Priority Sam Standards, of the YMCA of Greater Toronto are being met; ensures that YMCA Canada standards, and Ontario Health Regulations requirements are met.


Ensure all safety and life guarding procedures are adhered to, and in the event of an emergency respond as trained by the Lifesaving Society and YMCA.


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).



Delivers Aquatic Programs, including Lifeguarding, Aquafit, Swim Lessons, and Lifesaving Society Courses.


Gives leadership to YMCA Aquatics Quality processes while on shift.


Acts as the Pool Operator as outlined in the Ontario Health Regulation 565.


Ensures operating and quality standards are met as defined in “Lifeguarding YMCA Pools”.


Ensures the safety of all members, property and staff by following established Workplace Health & Safety practices and procedures and being responsible for the stocking and ordering of First-Aid Supplies; monitors the safety of all activities and programs throughout the duty period.


Recruits participants for aquatic programming.


Builds relationship with members and seeks opportunities to share the YMCA story.


Assists with scheduling and the logistics of Aquatic programs


Provides leadership and support as a member of the Centers’ senior staff team.  Acts as an effective AGM as required.


Participates in task groups, special assignments and opportunities that further the Association mission, vision and strategic initiatives; connects with community and external organizations, and other YMCAs to participate in a community of practice for aquatic program development, measurement and design.


Ensures appropriate policies and procedures are implemented and monitored to ensure safe and effective member and volunteer participation.


Ensures qualifications and certifications as required by the YMCA and regulatory standards are current at all times.


Actively participates in scheduled programs, meetings and special events.


Participates on a staff team that is collaborative and supportive, and working with colleagues to ensure scheduled classes are delivered.


In collaboration with individual program members, program volunteers and YMCA program staff, assists and encourages program members to access additional appropriate programs offered at this location.


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 Child Protection Services.

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

Performs other related duties to fulfill commitment to quality programs for all members as assigned from time to time by supervisor.


  • Diploma or Degree in Recreation Leadership, Kinesiology, Physical Education or related field preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year experience delivering aquatics programs
  • Current certifications in the following Lifesaving Society awards: National Lifeguard (NL), Standard First Aid and CPR level C,
  • Current certifications in the following preferred: YMCA Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Society Instructor Trainer, First Aid/CPR Instructor and Examiner, Lifesaving Instructor and Examiner , YMCA Group Fitness (Aquafit) Instructor, WHIMS
  • Proficiency with computer software including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity.
  • Flexibility regarding assigned hours of work, including days, early mornings, late evenings and weekends
  • The position requires the following Association Competencies: advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; Being Member Focused, fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self-Management; Relationship Building and Partnering; Being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity & Social Inclusion.

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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