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Jobs in aquatics

Path to become a lifeguard and swim instructor

A complete list of courses with pre-requisites are listed in the Aquatics Certification and Specialty eGuide for fall 2019 and winter 2020 [PDF - 409 KB] and the Aquatics certification and specialty eGuide for spring and summer 2020 [PDF - 741.92 KB]

  • Bronze Star *optional (10-12 years)
  • Bronze Medallion / Emergency First Aid with CPR ‘B’ (13 years)
  • Bronze Cross (14 years)
  • Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ / AED (12 years)
  • Airway Management  or Oxygen Therapy (O2) (15 years)
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor – Part 1 (15 years)
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor – Part 2 (15 years)
  • National Lifeguard (16 years)
  • Lifesaving Society Instructor (Desired)

Application process

  1. Apply online at ottawa.ca/careers.
    • Year-round positions (September to June)
    • Summer positions (July to August)
    • The application process opens each year in February and closes at the end of the summer season.
  2. Register for and attend a screening session.

Opportunities

Opportunities are available for candidates at all stages of the certification process.

Wading Pool Attendant

  • Qualifications:
    • Must be 15 years of age by June 1
    • Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ / AED
    • AODA
    • Recommended Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard (NL)
  • Application

Lifeguard / Instructor

  • Qualifications:
    • National Lifeguard (NL)
    • Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ / AED
    • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
    • Airway Management or Oxygen Therapy
    • AODA
    • Lifesaving Society Instructor (desired)
  • Application (year-round)
  • Application (summer)

Waterfront Lifeguard (Beaches)

  • Qualifications:
    • National Lifeguard (NL)
    • Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ / AED
    • Oxygen Therapy or Airway Management
    • AODA
  • Application

View Aquafitness Instructor opportunities.

Screening sessions

Wading Pool Attendant

Please contact seasonalhiring@ottawa.ca for more information.

Screening Items:

  • In person interview
  • Come prepared:
    • Review wading pool locations to determine preferred work locations
    • Bring Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ / AED, AODA

Lifeguard and Instructor / Waterfront Lifeguard (Beaches)

  • March 8, 2020 – Splash Wave Pool
    • 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm – please arrive at 6 pm for check-in
    • Barcode to register: 1515435​​​​
  • July 18, 2020 – Plant Recreation Centre (Pool)
    • 7 pm to 9 pm – please arrive at 6:30 pm for check-in
    • Barcode to register: 1547843
  • August 7, 2020 – Brewer Pool
    • 5 pm to 7 pm – please arrive at 4:30 pm for check-in
    • Barcode to register: 1547844

Screening items

  • Distressed victim rescue, 20 metre head up approach, 5 metre carry
  • Spinal turnover and deep water carry
  • 20 metre approach and object recovery
  • Submerged removal and management of a VSA victim
  • First aid (arterial bleed on inner forearm)

Additional screening items for Waterfront Lifeguard (Beaches)

  • 200 metre swim under 3 minutes 50 metre swim, submerged mannequin recovery, carry 25 metre in under 1 minute 30 seconds
  • 25 metre underwater swim

Come prepared

    • Bathing suit and towel
    • Pocket mask
    • Goggles (for Waterfront Lifeguard items only)