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Head Lifeguard

  • Category: Edmonton & Area
  • Location: YMCA of Northern Alberta
  • Posted: March 14, 2019
  • Application deadline: Open until a suitable candidate is found.


Classification: Salaried

About Us:
The YMCA of Northern Alberta is a registered charity operating in Edmonton since 1907, Wood Buffalo since 1975 and in Grande Prairie since 2007. The YMCA’s Mission is to create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA is committed to the values of respect, honesty, caring, responsibility, diversity and social inclusion.
About this Job Role: Head Lifeguard
The YMCA of Northern Alberta is seeking a dynamic individual that will provide enthusiasm on the job and be motivated in ensuring staff perform and meet guarding standards. The Head Guard must ensure the safe and efficient daily operations of the aquatic area, direct supervision of staff on shift, and daily aquatic area maintenance.

Compensation: An attractive compensation package.

• Deliver high quality services through excellent relationships with participants.
• Develop lesson plans for assigned classes and provide quality instruction in aquatic class(es) agreed upon.
• Follow Aquatics Safety Standards and correct unsafe techniques and ensure safe and effective use of equipment by participants.
• Ensure administrative duties related to programs and participants are accurately and effectively completed as assigned by the coordinator.
• Role model best practices daily by interacting with members in the facility.
• Role model a personal commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
• Demonstrate and promote a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, and values and the YMCA programs and services.


Education/Certifications/Credentials/Professional Registration
• Minimum 18 years of age.
• Red Cross Water Safety Instructor OR Swim For Life Instructor Certificate; Lifesaving Instructor an asset
• National Lifeguard Award; Head Guard Award an asset
• Standard First Aid with CPR-Level C & AED and WHMIS Certification
• Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Police Information Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search.
YMCA Instructor award required within 6 months of hire.

• One to Two Years guarding and leadership experience required
• Previous experience leading Aquatic Leadership classes an asset.

• Excellent problem solving, multitasking, interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to lead Aquatic instruction and programming.
• Able to deal with difficult situations and customer complaints with confidence.
• Developed coaching and team building skills.
• Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Windows)

To apply

How to Apply: Applicants are requested to apply for this position directly through our website at

Note: A Security Clearance Check is a condition of employment for successful candidates. The check must be completed prior to commencement of work and is the financial responsibility of the candidate.