Aquatic Employment


Posting Id 1347
Number of Positions 300 
Department Community Services
Division Recreation and Culture Services
Shift Various shifts mornings, daytime, afternoons, evenings, weekdays and weekends. 
Rate of Pay $16.55 - $20.29 Hourly
Job Length/End Date           
Job Type Part Time
Posting Type Internal and External
Posting Date 01/03/2024  
Application Deadline Ongoing  


Position Summary

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age to apply, have a valid Lifesaving Society (LSS) National Lifeguard or Bronze Cross Certification and provide their LSS ID.
No resume or cover letter is required to apply for this posting. 
Applicants must create a profile using their own email address

Aquatic Attendant, Lifeguard & Swim Instructor

Salary Range: $16.55 To $20.29 (CAD) Hourly (effective October 2023)

Reporting to the Aquatic Supervisor and Aquatic Coordinator.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Aquatic Attendants are responsible for assisting Aquatic Lifeguards & Swim Instructors during recreational swims and instructional lessons.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the supervision of patrons using the slide, you will also assist with customer service, public education, swimming regulations and responsible for maintaining clean change rooms and pool deck areas.


Aquatic Lifeguards are responsible for ensuring the safety of all patrons in and around the aquatic facility, by preventing and responding to all emergencies and maintaining a safe aquatic environment. In addition to all Aquatic Attendant responsibilities. 


Aquatic Swim Instructors are responsible for teaching, delivering and evaluating the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life and Lifesaving programs in accordance with program standards. The Aquatic Swim Instructor will lead specific drills/instruction according to prepared lesson plans while creating a fun, safe and positive learning environment to participants of all ages. In addition to all Aquatic Attendant responsibilities. 


All successful applicants must become fully certified with Standard First Aid, National Lifeguard and Swim and Lifesaving Instructor certifications prior to their second session of employment (3-4 months). 


Once certified with the National Lifeguard certification, you no longer need to recertify your Bronze Cross.


Employees are responsible to recertify all of their required awards before they expire. 
All Standard First Aid awards expire 3 years from the date of certification.
Lifesaving Society awards expire 2 years from the date of certification. 
(Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor & Emergency First Aid Instructor)

Inquiries and Updates

Applicants should email any Temporary or NON-Lifesaving Society certifications (not on Lifesaving Society’s “Find a Member”). 

Applicants that are fully qualified have a better chance of being hired, than applicants missing qualifications.

Applicants who have not progressed or been hired within 6 months may have their application withdrawn.

Please ensure you have a Social Insurance Number. This is required for all employment within Canada.

Education and Experience

All Aquatic Positions require Standard First Aid with CPR “C” through a WSIB and Lifesaving Society recognized affiliate. Lifesaving Society (SFA preferred), 

Aquatic Swim Instructor I ($20.29): 16 years of age or older, Standard First Aid and C.P.R. “C”, LSS National Lifeguard, LSS Swim Instructor & LSS Lifesaving Instructor. (#1 needed employment position)

Aquatic Swim Instructor II ($18.25): 15 years of age and older, Standard First Aid and C.P.R. “C”, Bronze Cross, LSS Swim Instructor & LSS Lifesaving Instructor. This includes 15 year old with National Lifeguard certification.

Aquatic Lifeguard ($18.25): 15 years of age and older, Standard First Aid and C.P.R. “C”. and LSS National Lifeguard.

Aquatic Attendant ($16.55): 15 years of age and older, Standard First Aid and C.P.R. “C”. and Bronze Cross. (All certifications are strongly encouraged)

Aquatic Volunteer experience with the City of Richmond Hill is an asset.

All successful applicants are required to become fully certified prior to their second session of work with their Swim & Lifesaving Instructor and National Lifeguard awards.

Required Skills/Knowledge

Demonstrate and maintain the following physical standards:

Object Recovery & Transport: Starting in the water, swim 15m and surface dive to recover a 20lbs. object from bottom of deep end, surface and carry the object 5m (Bronze Cross = 10 lbs.) 

Approach & Tow/Carry: Starting in the water, approach 15m head-up to contact a distressed victim in deep water, carry/tow the victim 5m supporting victim’s shoulders at the surface and head above the surface. 

Spinal Rescues: Starting in the water, approach a victim in water, immobilize, roll victim over and move where required.

Rescue Drill: Starting in the water, swim to recover a submerged manikin 20m away, carry the manikin 20m with its mouth and nose above the surface throughout.

Speed: Swim 50 meters in 60 seconds or less.

Endurance: Swim 400 meters in 10 minutes or less.

Ability to perform rescue skills at or above the level of your certification. Ability to work as part of an effective aquatic team. Excellent customer service and communication skills both verbal and written. Be familiar with and execute the City of Richmond Hill aquatic emergency procedures. Demonstrates good judgment and makes sound decisions. Show commitment to personal growth, development, and leadership opportunities. Take initiative to participate in a culture of learning, mentoring, and sharing. Contributes to building and being a part of a positive culture. Ability to demonstrate the City’s corporate values of service, collaboration, care and courage.


Leadership Competencies

  • Cultivates open communication
  • Demonstrates personal leadership
  • Respect
  • Builds people and culture
  • Navigates and leads through complexity and change

Perks to being a Richmond Hill Aquatic Staff

  • Free Swimming during Richmond Hill recreational and staff swim times.
  • Ability to practice and compete with RHLC (Richmond Hill Lifesaving Club).
  •  Discounted Fitness memberships.
  • Uniform provided.
  • Social opportunities.
  • Discounted Aquatic Certification for maintaining awards & Advanced Leadership.
  • Advancement opportunities.
  • Paid to attend trainings.
  • Make new friends and learn job transferable skills that are beneficial to all employment sectors.
  • Ability to modify your work schedule from one session to the next.
  • Work with terrific like-minded individuals you will be able to call your friend in decades to come, priceless!


Attention Internal Candidates:  All current City of Richmond Hill employees are required to apply via the ‘View Jobs for Current Employees’ link on the City’s Careers Page.


We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

The City of Richmond Hill is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.