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Job Title: Waterfront Instructor
Reports To:Activity Director/Activity Coordinator/Waterfront Coordinator
Number of Positions Available: 2

Waterfront Instructors work cooperatively as a member of the HOC Waterfront Staff Team. In order to strive to maintain a safe and secure waterfront, HOC will staff the waterfront each day with the same qualified NLS Lifeguards in order to provide uninhibited free swim time for each section.The Waterfront Instructors will be responsible for working alongside the Waterfront Coordintaor 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 & first aid training. When required, the Waterfront Instructors will work as a waterfront activity instructor as well. 


  • Provide daily supervision and lifeguarding for free swim periods, section activities, WellFit classes, Aquaglide & Lilypad.
  • Assist in the supervision and instruction of the SRMDC Swim Program, for daily swimming lessons.
  • Assist in the instruction of HOC's Staff Development swim programs, including Emergency First Aid Instruction for LITs.
  • Act as a primary member of the HOC Emergency Response Team.
  • Attend all organized Emergency Response Team training practices.
  • Assist with accountability for all waterfront rescue devices and signage, including daily waterfront inspections.
  • Assist with supervision of various waterfront classes, as required.
  • Daily program development/maintenance time (1 hour) as needed.
  • Evening activity instruction/supervision ( Monday, Tuesday) (1 hour).
  • Tuesday or Wednesday cabin coverage to facilitate counsellor evening off.
  • Sunday Camper Registration (work brigades, registration, evening programs).
  • Saturday- assist with Swim/First Aid Instruction for LITs.
  • Attend weekly all staff and staff team meetings as scheduled.
  • 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 Activity staff are required to attend a spring Program Development Weekend.
  • All staff are required to deliver every day our Brand Promise “Best Summer Of Your Life” in each camper and 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 (Evening Programs, All Camp Activities, Campfires, and Friday Finale) 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 a full eight-week contract period are entitled to one weekend off (Friday after daily duties to Sunday evening programs).
  • Time off weekly - Saturday evening.
  • Time off daily - depending on weekly schedule.
  • Access to program and recreation equipment.
  • The chance to work in a close knit supportive community that values staff health and wellness, creativity, and employee success.
  • The opportunity to develop life skills, applicable to multi-faceted career opportunities.
  • An experience that will last a lifetime.

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Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: June 30, 2024 – August 24, 2024
Optional Employment: Week #9 August 25 - 31 2024
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 program experience an asset.
  • Minimum National Lifeguard certification (Lifesaving Instructor certification recommended).
  • Current certificate of Standard First Aid and CPR.
  • Respect in Sport certification.
  • Lifeguarding experience mandatory.
  • Must be an enthusiastic, energetic, and positive person.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description.