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Job Summary: To be responsible for and in-charge of the administration of the waterfront lifeguard program and the direction of staff ensuring the safety of the participants / public at the swimming beach.
Machines and Equipment Used: First aid and rescue kit, waterfront rescue equipment, communication equipment, various office equipment, motorized watercraft such as powered vessels (boats), compact motorized vehicles and other equipment as required.
Season(s): Summer
District(s): Etobicoke/York, Toronto & East York and Scarborough Districts  District map (pdf)
Wage: View wage rate chart (pdf)


  • To be responsible for and in-charge of the administration of the waterfront lifeguard program and the direction of staff ensuring the safety of the participants / public at the swimming beach.
  • Organizes, plans and oversees lifeguarding staff and swimming beach operations for the season and on each operating day.
  • Designated as supervisor as defined by the O.H.S.A, acts as the City contact on site and is deemed to be the competent individual as defined by the O.H.S.A. as it relates to the job functions.
  • Opens and closes buildings, and transports program equipment as required.
  • Ensures compliance with relevant Regulations, By-laws, and all relevant policy and procedures manuals.
  • Assists with recruitment, training, direction and monitoring performance for assigned staff.
  • Ensures appropriate number and placement of staff in accordance with the safety system and operational needs.
  • Ensures that all staff are qualified and trained in emergency procedures and skills required of their position.
  • Plans and implements staff training on site.
  • Ensures that program areas are appropriately equipped.
  • Ensures safety signs / flags are posted and clearly visible at all times and informs lifeguarding staff and participants of hazards and safety rules.
  • Oversees and executes emergency procedures and uses safety/rescue equipment.
  • Liaises with other agencies and services such as Toronto Police, Marine Unit, Paramedic and Fire Services, etc., and provides assistance to drowning prevention measures and rescue efforts in areas surrounding waterfront swimming areas, as required.
  • Provides program information to public and staff.
  • Coordinates, plans, organizes, and implements special and employee / public engagement events.
  • Performs administrative tasks to support the program including reporting and communication.
  • Conducts and/or attends meetings and training sessions.
  • Performs maintenance duties as required, which may include but not restricted to cleaning and disinfecting, water quality tests, equipment / station set-up and clean up.
  • Ensures that program assets are used in accordance with the prescribed safety standards and are appropriately assigned and safeguarded.


  • Current National Lifeguard Waterfront certification.
  • Must produce original current Standard First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation certifications as recognized by the WSIB and the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act -Regulation 565.
  • Current National Lifeguard Waterfront Instructor certification is an asset.
  • Pleasure Craft Operator card.
  • Toronto Powered Vessel Operator's Permit (Harbour License).
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge and understanding of policies, procedures & regulations related to waterfront lifeguard program.
  • Must attend and successfully complete related mandatory and in-service training sessions - Recreation T.O. or Returning Employee Orientation (REO).
  • You must possess certification in Parks and Recreation Ontario's Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD). Applicants who meet all other qualifications and obtain a conditional job offer will be advised of PHCD course offerings in order to meet this qualification.
  • Note: Applicants must meet the criteria to be considered and will be contacted to participate in a physical skills assessment and interview.
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