Lifeguard / Swimming Instructor

Robert Lee YMCA
Closing date: 
February 24, 2020
Job Description: 

Position Title: Lifeguard / Swimming Instructor

Location: Robert Lee YMCA, Vancouver

Terms: Permanent Part Time: (8-24 hours per week)

Shifts: Shifts vary but may include weekday evenings and weekends

Availability: Minimum 8 hours per week


Pay: 0-520 Hours $16.26

After 520 $16.82

After 1100 $17.39

After 2500 $18.34

*Rates reflect $1.50/hour regional premium for Vancouver aquatics positions


Start Date: ASAP

Reports To: Manager, Aquatics



The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, by nurturing the potential of children, teens & young adults, promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a sense of social responsibility and delivering lasting personal & social change. We are building a community in which a generation of children and families reach their full potential. Our values guide our decision-making and behaviour—we do the right thing, put people first, keep our promises and lead by example.


For 130 years, we have been part of the community, a place where people of every age and background find the support they need to grow in spirit, mind and body. As the Lower Mainland’s largest independent charity, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver provides services in health & fitness, child care, camping, employment & community services to over 120,000 participants annually. The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is accredited by the Imagine Canada national Standards Program for excellence and compliance in nonprofit accountability, transparency and governance.


Nature & Scope:

The Lifeguard/Swim Instructor will report to the Manager, Aquatics work collaboratively with other members of the YMCA team to provide a safe and fun aquatics environment.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Guard the pool and teach swimming lessons in a positive and professional manner
  • Build meaningful relationships through positive daily interaction with YMCA members, visitors, and colleagues
  • Promote philanthropy through the YMCA’s annual Strong Kids Campaign
  • Develop lesson plans for various programs and administer progressive evaluations for participants
  • Ensure program design, lay-out, and offerings meet the needs of all participants at various levels
  • Lead program delivery, while ensuring contents meet the appropriate criteria and outline
  • Perform general administrative duties and record keeping responsibilities
  • Maintain an atmosphere of achievement that inspires self and others to succeed at the highest levels
  • Ensure the safety of all members, participants, staff, and property by following YMCA standards/policies/procedures and ensuring they are maintained amongst all members and staff, including all locker rooms and spectator viewing areas.
  • Maintain a neat, orderly, and clean environment, including all program areas, common spaces, and washrooms
  • Assist with training new staff/volunteers in procedures and practices
  • Remain flexible – willing to learn new skills, alter shifts
  • Attend staff meetings, planning sessions and training events as required
  • Maintain regular attendance, punctuality and be appropriately dressed and well groomed


  • Current Standard First Aid certificate (valid within 2 years)
  • CPR level C and & AED certificate (valid within 1 year)
  • Current National Lifeguard – pool option
  • Water Safety Instructor certification or equivalent
  • Experience as a Lifeguard or Swimming Instructor - preferred
  • YMCA Aquatic Fitness Certificate, or equivalent - preferred
  • Advanced leadership courses are an asset
  • Demonstrated high level of customer service skills
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date
  • 3 professional references


Commitment to Organization and Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

Service Orientation: Deliberately identifies needs and wants of members/participants as priority, and creates opportunities to enhance each and every person’s YMCA experience.

Teamwork: Ability to work effectively with others to achieve optimal collective results.

Communication: Ability to speak, write, listen, and secure information in a variety of settings

Outcomes Oriented: Ability to lead, manage, and achieve identified goals.


Application Process:

Please apply using the link below:


Application Deadline: Ongoing

Contact Info
Robert Lee YMCA
Information Phone: 
(604) 689-9622
Registration Phone: 
(604) 689-9622
955 Burrard St
Province or Territory: 
British Columbia
Postal Code: 
V6Z 1Y2