Co-Head Lifeguard (RPT Term)
Term RPT Co-Head Lifeguard, July 2, 2022 - September 3, 2022
YWCA Program Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Posting Period
Open until filled
Job Description

We are looking for experienced, dynamic, personable, and inspiring Lifeguard to join our aquatic team YWCA Health + Fitness Centre and assume Head Lifeguard duties in a shared capacity on our May – September bid schedule.  This successful candidate demonstrates leadership qualities, is customer service oriented, has a demonstrated track record for implementing aquatic procedures & policies and standards.

The YWCA Aquatic Area includes a 25 m UV purified pool, steam room and hot tub and offers our adult members and guests with open swims, swim lessons, registered swim programs and aqua fit classes.


In addition to Lifeguard duties, the Head Lifeguard is responsible for the safe and smooth delivery of scheduled programs while providing support and guidance to the lifeguards.  They are responsible for the daily monitoring of the lifeguard schedule to ensure adequate coverage at all times. 

The Head Lifeguard position is (minimum) 17.5 hours per week, inclusive of 12.5 hours of deck time and 5 hours of administrative time.  Shifts may be adjusted based on operational needs.

Pay Rate:      $26.14 - $27.14 per hour

Head Guard Duties:

  • Priority at all times will be safety and coverage of the pool
  • Monitor and maintain Lifeguard schedule, arranging subs when required. Ensure coverage of all shifts and follow procedures for any shift changes.
  • Provide excellent role modelling and be a resource for team members, providing additional training/mentoring for team members as needed
  • Provide lifeguard back up for scheduled and unscheduled breaks
  • Ensure pool area is neat and free from hazards
  • Maintain Pool Office, making sure required materials for day to day operation are available, including, but not limited to: Pool Log Sheets, Incident Forms, Pool Chemicals, First Aid Supplies, Pool Safety Plan, SDS sheets, Stationary, etc.
  • Update flyers/promotion/whiteboard communication to members
  • Review log sheets and report and/or follow up on any issues to Maintenance team and Manager/Supervisor
  • Positively promote YWCA programming

Assisting the Aquatic Manager with:

  • Schedule emergency coverage, as required.  Any overtime must be pre-approved by manager.
  • Interview/screen new Lifeguards
  • Participate in the orientation of new lifeguards to the YWCA pool area, providing shadow shifts when required
  • Provide input and participate in planning and facilitating of full and mini in-services, YWCA Swim Program Training and Aquatic Programming
  • Provide input and assistance with lifeguards and bid schedule
  • Maintain facility first aid equipment
  • Other related duties as required

Lifeguard duties:

  • Supervising patrons in and around pool area and steam room
  • Opening, closing and maintaining pool area
  • Answering patrons’ questions 
  • Teaching aqua-fitness classes, swimming lessons (group and private) & YWCA Swim Prog.
  • Ensuring pool area is neat and free from hazards and reporting maintenance needs to appropriate staff
  • Testing pool chemicals and temperature
  • Light cleaning of pool equipment and guard room
  • Attending mandatory in-services, staff meetings and interim classes to maintain and upgrade safety instruction skills
  • Rendering emergency care in the facility when necessary
  • Other duties necessary for program/membership care & need


  • 4 years experience  
  • Current National Lifeguard Service Award (AMOA)
  • Water Safety Instructor Certification
  • BCRPA Aqua Fitness Leader Certification
  • Standard First Aid (valid within 3 years)
  • CPR’C/AED certification (valid within 1 year)
  • Certificate or degree in Recreation Management or Physical Education (an asset)
  • First Aid Instructor Registration - Red Cross or other (an asset)
  • LSI (an asset)

Work Experience and Skills:

  • Proven leadership skills 
  • Ability to think quickly and react appropriately to emergency situations
  • Ability to adapt in a dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to provide positive role modelling to colleagues
  • Customer service oriented
  • Demonstrated track record for recommending new aquatic procedures, policies and standards.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Positive team player
  • Experience with programming and scheduling an asset
  • Competent with MS Office suite
  • A valid clear criminal record check (including working with vulnerable populations) is required.
  • Successful applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, exemption requests must be supported by valid, legal documents.

This is an IUOE position

About the YWCA

This year, YWCA Metro Vancouver marks 125 years of serving our community. We recognize that Canada was founded through colonialist and racist policies, and the YWCA was established and operated during this time. We also recognize that these legacies exist in our present time and are committed to actively decolonizing our policies, programs and practices. Our vision: We boldly envision a just and equitable world for women, families and allies. Our mission: We advance gender equity alongside women, families, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people through advocacy and integrated services that help support personal, collective and economic wellbeing.

This is an exciting time for the YWCA. Join us and be part of a passionate, dedicated and impactful team!

How to Apply

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Candidates are invited to send resumes and cover letter ASAP.  Posting will be up until the job is filled.

YWCA Metro Vancouver
535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2E8

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