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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 $15.50 - $18.50 Hourly
Job Length/End Date           
Job Type Part Time
Posting Type Internal and External
Posting Date 01/05/2023  
Application Deadline 12/31/2023  


Position Summary

**When applying to this job posting, please complete the form on the following link and attach it as your resume:

Aquatic Attendant, Lifeguard & Swim Instructor

Salary Range: $15.00 To $18.00 (CAD) Hourly

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.


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.

Duties and Responsibilities Cont'd (if applicable)

Education and Experience

All Aquatic Positions require Standard First Aid with CPR “C” through one of the following agencies:

Lifesaving Society (preferred), Canadian Ski Patrol, Red Cross or Saint John’s Ambulance.

Aquatic Attendant: 15 years of age and either Bronze Cross or Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (Pool) certification.

Aquatic Lifeguard: 16 years of age and Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (Pool) certification.

Aquatic Swim Instructor: 16 years of age, Bronze Cross OR Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (Pool) certification, Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor certification, Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor certification, Lifesaving Society Emergency First Aid Instructor certification.

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

Required Skills/Knowledge

Demonstrate and maintain the following physical standards:

Rescue drill: Starting in the water, swim to recover a submerged manikin 25m away, carry the manikin 25m with its mouth and nose above the surface throughout, all within 90 seconds.

Deep end spinal: Starting in the water, approach a face-down victim in deep water, immobilize, roll victim over and carry 15m while using a lifesaving kick.

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

Object recovery: Starting in the water, swim 15m and surface dive to recover a 20lb. object from bottom of deep end, surface and carry the object 5m, all within 40 seconds.

Speed: 50 metres head-up sprint swim in 60 seconds or less.

Endurance: Swim 400 metres 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

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


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.

Please note, to be considered for a career opportunity at the City of Richmond Hill you must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada (or the World Health Organization). You may also be required to receive any COVID-19 boosters recommended by public health authorities.  The City of Richmond Hill will consider cases requiring accommodation as stipulated by relevant employment standards legislation or regulation and/or the Ontario Human Rights Code.