Under the direction of the Swim Dock Supervisor, Program Coordinators and the Manager of Camping & Outdoor Education Programs, the Head Lifeguard is responsible for providing and creating swim instruction, aquafit instruction, general lifeguarding and specialized programs for children, youth and adults, and be the stand in supervisor when the Swim Dock Supervisor is on day off. The Head Lifeguard is a part of the larger Program staff Team and will also be responsible for Reaction and Evening programming, emergency procedures, and attending staff meetings and events.
Current Standard First Aid and CPR – Level C
Current Criminal Reference Check (dated within 6 months prior to contract start date)
LSS, Red Cross, and/or YMCA Instructor Certification required
Experience teaching aquafit and lakefront lifeguarding preferred
LSS examiner preferred
Previous Waterfront lifeguarding experience preferred
Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) required
Strong Risk Management Skills
Non-violent Crisis Prevention certification preferred
Duties and Responsibilities:
Safety: To practice strong risk management. To know and understand all information and procedures for emergency response, site safety and security. To participate in weekly water safety in-services.
Programming: to provide swim instruction, aquafit instruction, lifeguarding and special programs to Leadership participants and guests of Geneva Park in the Swim Program as well as for Reaction Crew and Evening programs as per the guidelines established by YMCA swim program and the Program Coordinators. To actively participate in all Senior Staff Team planning meetings.
Operations: to help ensure efficient and effective operation of the program area including equipment and facility maintenance, and all administrative duties associated with this position including program
jottings, lesson sign-ups, achievement awards, and evaluations.
Role Model: To act as a positive role model for other staff and guests of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka whether on or off duty. To abide by all rules and regulations.
Customer Service: to provide timely and professional interaction with all guests of the YMCA of
Simcoe/Muskoka to ensure quality customer service and satisfaction.
Staff Development: to participate in all ongoing staff development including training, orientation, hands-on learning, performance management and evaluation.
Commitment to Organization Vision and Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
Concern for Health and Safety: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others of risk and harm reduction.
Integrity: Demonstrates responsible behavior at all times and maintains high ethical standards
Problem Solving: Identifies an issue, gathers and processes relevant information, coming up with possible solutions, selecting appropriate responses, and implementing them.
Sense of Community: Demonstrates an awareness and understanding of community and responds to identified needs.
Effect on End Results and Organization:
High program participation, retention rates and survey scores will indicate value and member commitment
Authority & Responsibility: Reports to Swim Dock Supervisor, Reaction Crew Leader, Program
Coordinator, Coordinator of Camping and Outdoor Education Programs.
Conditions of Employment: Seasonal Contract
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