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YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
in Positions available in Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford
invites applications for the position of
Lifeguards/Swim Instructors

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Job Description

Positions available at all branches in Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford

Organizational Overview:

As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide solutions. By nurturing the potential of children, youth and adults, the YMCA connects people to life-building opportunities, to each other and enhances their quality of life. We foster social responsibility and healthy living. The YMCA works collectively with community partners that share the YMCA’s determination in strengthening the foundations of community for all people.

This position requires a commitment to the YMCA mission and core values of: Belonging, Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility, as well as, a commitment to building developmental assets in children and adults.  All offers of employment will be subject to the provision that the successful incumbent provides the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford with a current and satisfactory Police Records Check.   Positions responsible for the direct supervision of children and/or vulnerable persons will be required, in addition to a Police Records Check, to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening Report at the time of hire.

Salary Range: $16.00/hour with eligibility for premiums:

  • $1.00/hour premium for all hours worked Monday to Friday between 5:00am and 3:00pm
  • $1.00/hour premium for hours worked instructing swim lessons
  • $1.50/hour premium for hours as an Aquatic Team Leader

Position Status: Full-Time contract and part-time positions available

Placement: Immediate

Benefits and Perks: We offer an array of total rewards to recognize loyalty, longevity, and passion for the work we do:
  • Paid Vacation Entitlements that increase with seniority (subject to eligibility)
  • Competitive total compensation packages
  • Group health and benefits plans (includes medical, dental, and prescription medication, subject to eligibility)
  • Generous pension plans with employer matching
  • Free YMCA Health & Fitness Memberships
  • Professional development opportunities including paid training and access to YMCA education scholarships
  • Reduced rates for YMCA Child Care, Camp, and Child & Youth programs (subject to eligibility)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Opportunities for career advancement
Nature & Scope
The YMCA is seeking Lifeguards/Swim Instructors to work a variety of shifts. Hours of work will be based on the needs of the branch.  Aquatic team members are responsible for the delivery of customer service excellence through member satisfaction and safety during recreational swims as well as instruction of both individual and group swimming lessons.

  • Primary responsibility is coverage of Lifeguard shifts;
  • Experience in the usage of pool chemicals and cleaning supplies for water and deck equipment maintenance;
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to members and participants by ensuring that health and safety regulations and YMCA policies and procedures are upheld;
  • Teach, guard and coach a variety of aquatic programs;
  • Maintain all relevant and required records;
  • Develop lesson plans and administer progressive evaluations;
  • Work with staff and volunteers assigned to aquatic area;
  • Maintain and upgrade as required current qualifications and certifications;
  • Attend scheduled training events.

Required Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid & CPR C
  • National Lifeguard Certification
  • Lifesaving Society, Red Cross and/or YMCA Swim Instructor Certification
  • WHMIS & AED is an asset
  • Current police records check/vulnerable sector screening
  • If you are hired, prior to your start date and as a condition of employment, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid Human Rights exemption

Contact Information

If you are interested in this position, please submit your letter of application and resume attention:

***Please indicate the location to which you are applying***

Available locations include:
Les Chater YMCA
Hamilton Downtown YMCA
Ron Edwards YMCA

Laurier Brantford YMCA
Flamborough YMCA


We thank all applicants, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Special Instructions


The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford is committed to creating an inclusive environment that accommodates all individuals, including those with disabilities. We support the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts (AODA) and have established policies, procedures and practices which adhere to the accessibility standards set out in the AODA. Should you require any accommodation throughout the recruitment process please do not hesitate contacting our Human Resources Department.

The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford is an equal opportunity employer.