Lifeguard / Waterfont Instructor

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Job Title: Waterfront Lifeguard / Activity Instructor 
Reports To: Program Director/Camper Care
Number of Positions Available: 2 Lifeguards

The position of Waterfront lifeguard is new to HOC, However to strive to maintain a safe and secure waterfront HOC will now staff the waterfront each day with qualified NLS guards in order to provide uninhibited free swim time for each section. 
The guards will work with counsellors to provide a safe and secure free swims or other waterfront programming. The Life guards will also lead the emergency response team, and practice proactive health care to the camp community. When needed Lifeguards will work as needed as activity instructors on the waterfront 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 a 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, camp fires, and others as assigned.   


  • Provide daily supervision and lifeguarding for free swim periods and sections activities
  • Act as primary members of HOC Emergency Response Team 
  • Provide assistance to HOC Heath 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.
  • 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 everyday 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 saftey 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 be receive essential employment information and training for a successful summer experience.
  • Participation is camp wide special events (All Camps, Friday Campfire, Program Demonstrations) and weekly meetings are 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 2, 2017 – August 26, 2017
Optional Employment: Week #9 August 27 – September 2, 2017
Wages: Summer wages vary depending on age, qualifications and experience of applicants. Room and board is 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.
  • Minimum Lifesaving Instructor Award (LSI) and NLS.
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Must be enthusiastic, energetic and positive person.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description..