Volunteer Assistant Aquatic Leader

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth Halifax, NS $0.01 per hour

Title: Volunteer Assistant Aquatic Leader

Reports to: Aquatics Manager

Position Status:  Volunteer

Vacancies: 1

Start Date: Immediately 

Location: John W. Lindsay YMCA, Halifax, NS

Since 1853 the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth has been connecting Nova Scotians to build healthy communities.  As a non-profit charity we provide vital services, including Health, Employment, Childcare/Camps, Immigrant Services, and Youth Development.   

The YMCA Experience

At the YMCA we know that our ability to partner with others in our community is through the passion and dedication of our employees and volunteers. In joining the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth you will become part of a dedicated network of individuals with great passion for providing a holistic support to the communities in which we serve. 

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Aquatics Manager, Volunteer Assistant Aquatic Leaders are responsible for assisting in the supervision and safety of participants through the course of aquatics operations and in the safe and inclusive space that offers excellence in its facilitation and delivery of lessons for all participants.  This position models our Y core value system in providing a positive, safe, meaningful program experience through programming and interactions with staff, volunteers, and members.

Responsibilities include

Responsible for always assisting in the supervision of participants and ensure a safe environment in regard to conduct, safety education/intervention, regulatory and policy compliance, and equipment usage. Ensures pool safety through supervision and public education on swimming safety and pool rules

Assisting in the recognition and prevention of potentially dangerous situations, using approved techniques for supervision of aquatic areas and users, in emergency situations; providing water rescue, first aid, and follow up.  Complete any safety documentation and reporting as required

Assisting in conducting routine inspections of facility’s public areas to ensure hazards are corrected and mitigated, maintenance issues are addressed, and participant safety is maintained.

Participate in ongoing professional development activities as to ensure compliance with up to date Aquatic standards, identification of new/innovative program offering, and progression through Aquatics certification path.

Build, foster, and maintain positive working relationships with participants, community members, staff and volunteers through positive internal/external communications, timely response to questions.  

Collaborate and provide support to Association program areas as needed, including promotion of the Y in the community, enhance member engagement, and to participate with event marketing/promotion activities.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR-C/AED

National Lifeguard, Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor or Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification, YMCA swim instruction experience are assets

Demonstrated safety conscious mindset 

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong customer service and interpersonal skills

Bilingual in French, Arabic, etc. an asset

Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team

Flexibility to work irregular hours as required


Successful candidates will be required to provide:

A current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check

Child Abuse Registry Check

Proof of valid First Aid and CPR training 

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (preferred)

Employees will be required to attend YMCA Child Protection Training

Apply Today

Please apply online at http://www.ymcahfx.ca/job-postings/.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth is an equal opportunity employer that values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify.

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