Lifeguard / Swim Instructor

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Job Title: Lifeguard / Swim Instructor
Reports To: Waterfront Head / Program Director
Number of Positions Available: 3

The positions of Lifeguard / Swim Instructor are new to HOC. In order to strive to maintain a safe and secure waterfront, HOC will now staff the waterfront each day with the same qualified NLS Lifeguards in order to provide uninhibited free swim time for each section.The Head of Waterfront will be responsible for working alongside and supervising the Lifeguards to ensure the safe and secure operation of HOC's Waterfront. Together, they will provide daily lifeguarded free swims, daily swimming lessons for the South River-Machar (SRM) Day Camp Program, and instruct and supervise HOC's LIT and CIT instructional swim periods. When required, Lifeguards will work as waterfront activity instructors as well. 

Instructors provide program instruction, based on an outlined program curriculum and Community, Leadership, Accountability, and Performance, fundamental qualities. Standards are developed on skills-based progressions through an established awards system already in place at HOC. Instructors are expected to teach classes that are age appropriate, productive, and fun. This includes being prepared to teach in a variety of weather conditions (rainy day programs).  Evening instruction (2 days) of evening activities is an expectation of all Activity Instructors. Activity Instructors are required to maintain their program areas and equipment, ensuring adequate equipment supply and safety during daily program development time (PDT) each day (1 hr) as required. Every week instructors are also responsible for writing personal evaluations on each camper they teach during the week. As a part of the larger camp community activity instructors also expected to actively participate and provide supervision during All-Camp Activities throughout the week. This includes program periods that may not be outlined on daily schedules, such as meals, section activities, free swim, campfires, and others as assigned.  

The Lifeguards will also be responsible for instructing and supervising all swim lessons at HOC. The South River-Machar (SRM) Day Camp Instructors work throughout the day directly with local children who are bussed to camp. SRM Day Camp programming begins at 9:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday. The Lifeguards are responsible for teaching Red Cross Swim Kids certified swimming lessons on a daily basis during two different time blocks. They provide one on one instruction to campers and complete written evaluations for each camper at the end of the session. HOC also provides all LITs and CITs in our Staff Development Programs the opportunity to achieve their Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross swimming instruction certifications. The Lifeguards are responsible for instructing and delivering all LIT/CIT Bronze Medallion / Bronze Cross / First Aid training.

The Lifeguards, along with the Head of Waterfront, will also be responsible for leading the emergency response team to practice regular training sessions.



  • Provide daily supervision and lifeguarding for free swim periods and sections activities.
  • Provide daily instruction and lifeguarding for SRM Day Camp swimming lessons.
  • Provide instruction and supervision for HOC's Staff Development swim programs.
  • Act as primary members of HOC Emergency Response Team.
  • Provide assistance to HOC Health Care Team. 
  • Daily program development/maintenance time (1 hour) as needed.
  • Evening activity instruction ( Monday, Tuesday) (1 hour).
  • Wednesday cabin coverage to facilitate counsellor evening off.
  • Sunday Camper Registration (work brigades, registration, program demonstrations).
  • Saturday Check Out (3 hours/Saturday twice a summer).
  • Thursday compose detailed camper evaluations (for any program instructional classes assigned throughout the week).
  • Attend weekly all staff and staff team meetings (Sunday, Thursday) or as scheduled.
    Additional classes and supervision as required.
  • Preparation of alternative "Rainy Day" programs.
  • Work One “Holdover Weekend”. Friday evening cabin supervision (if required) and provide programming and supervision for holdover campers (campers here 2+ weeks) Saturday and Sunday.


  • All staff are required to deliver every day our Brand Promise “Best Summer Of Your Life” in each camper an staff interaction. Guided to success in delivery of this promise by our four core principles, Community, Leadership, Accountability, and Performance.
  • All staff are expected to abide by and enforce camp guidelines of respect. These are the rules and expectations of behaviour implemented to maintain a fun and safe camp environment.
  • All staff are responsible for the safety and security of each camper in their care. Staff are to follow prescribed program standards and lesson plans in order to ensure the highest level of care and instruction.
  • Attendance for all staff to the June orientation week training is mandatory. This training period is where each staff will receive essential employment information and training for a successful summer experience.
  • Participation in camp-wide special events (All Camps, Friday Campfire, Program Demonstrations) and weekly meetings are an expectation of all staff members.
    The dynamic nature of summer camp demands each staff understand that additional duties may be assigned as required.


  • Room & Board Provided.
  • Weekly Staff Hockey & Water Skiing.
  • Staff working full 8 week contract period are entitled to 1 weekend off (Friday after daily duties to Sunday program demonstrations).
  • Access to program and recreation equipment.
  • An experience that will last a lifetime.

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Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: July 1, 2018 – August 25, 2018
Optional Employment: Week #9 August 26 – September 1, 2017
Wages: Summer wages vary depending on age, qualifications and experience of applicants. Room and board are included.


  • A minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Genuine interest in working with children in the camp community.
  • Experience teaching and communicating with children of varied ages. Specific camp experience an asset.
  • NLS certification.
  • Water Safety Instructors certification.
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Must be an enthusiastic, energetic and positive person.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description.