Lifeguard Job Description

680 Van Wagners Beach Road
Hamilton, ON, L8E 3L8
Phone: 905-547-6141
Toll Free: 1-800-555-8775

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Lifeguard Job Description

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Assistant Manager Aquatics, the Lifeguard is responsible for various lifeguarding duties at each of the water attractions at Wild Waterworks. The Lifeguard is responsible for ensuring patron safety and enjoyment at Wild Waterworks through the promotion of facility rules and regulations, providing emergency and first aid response, and providing information regarding the available activities and facilities at Wild Waterworks and the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Other duties include:

  • Knowledge of and compliance with Hamilton Conservation Authority personnel policy, safety and emergency procedures, and safe working procedures.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and ability to work with attention to relevant legislation including but not limited to Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Amusement Devices Act, Trespass to Property Act, Employment Standards Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and Human Rights Code.
  • Active bather supervision at a variety of water attractions include the wave action pool, river ride, wading pool, and waterslides.
  • Promote safety and prevent accidents by explaining and enforcing facility rules and regulations at all water attractions and within the facility grounds.
  • Occupy the First Aid Station and administer first aid care as required. Ensure accurate and thorough documentation of all occurrences. Report incidents of a serious nature to a Supervisor immediately
  • Respond to emergencies within the facility and Confederation Beach Park, coordinate staff and patron actions as required, ensure the provision of first aid care, documentation, communication, transportation, crowd and traffic control, and emergency maintenance.
  • Demonstrate and facilitate a positive and professional attitude towards duties, customers, and coworkers to create a cohesive team atmosphere with all departments
  • Refer occurrences of a serious or criminal nature to a Supervisor, Manager, Security, and/or Police.
  • Promote water safety and provide accurate instruction through facilitation of the Water Safety Education Program. Swimming Instructor Certification (any option) required.
  • Perform Waterpark Attendant and Maintenance duties, and assist other departments as required.
  • Assist with maintaining cleanliness of the water attractions and facility. Tasks include but are not limited to; cleaning waterslides, pool vacuuming, debris retrieval, cleaning washrooms, floors, sanitizing, and emptying garbage.
  • Maintain the organization and cleanliness of the Administration Building, Supervisor office, Lifeguard Room, and First Aid Room.
  • As part of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, you may be scheduled and asked to report to a different conservation area throughout the term of your employment to assist with special events, staffing shortages, etc.
  • Any other duties as assigned to support the team effort at the HCA.
  • Various physical abilities including but not limited to:
    • Physical skills as required in the National Lifeguard Pool Certification
    • Perform Standard First Aid and CPR-C skills as required in the Standard First Aid Certification (or equivalent Certification)
    • Standing, walking, and sitting for up to 90 minutes continuously
    • Head up swimming sprint up to 50m
    • Swim, tow and/or carry a victim up to 60m
    • Jogging up to a 400m distance continuously while carrying first aid equipment up to 12kg
    • Climbing stairs and ramps while carrying first aid equipment up to 12kg
    • Climbing ladders and dismounting from lifeguard chairs
    • Jumping into deep water from a height of 2m above the water surface
    • Safely and efficiently travelling through water with large waves, currents, and undertows while carrying a victim
    • Remove victim from water, through lifting and/or carrying the victim with assistance
    • Surface dive and retrieve victim from pool bottom, up to 2.5m depth, surface, and carry up to 60m
    • Any combination of the above requirements performed consecutively



Education and experience you will need to have:

  • Current National Lifeguard Certificate (any option)
  • Current Standard First Aid + CPR-C Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Must meet knowledge, judgement, fitness, and skill requirements for the held certifications and job duties
  • Communicate effectively, demonstrating good interpersonal skills when interacting with the public and fellow staff
  • Lifesaving Society or Red Cross Instructor Certificate (any option) is required to provide Water Safety Education Program
  • Must be able to handle a high level of responsibility and respond effectively in high stress situations

And even better if you have:

  • Previous lifeguarding experience, especially in a waterpark setting or large crowds
  • Previous swimming instruction or other leadership experience
  • Previous customer service experience

You will be a great fit for this role if you have:

  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather, including heat and humidity
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays
  • Creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving capabilities


Working Conditions:

The work location will be at Wild Waterworks, 680 Van Wagners Beach Road, Hamilton, Ontario. Working hours will be an average of 35 hours per week. This position may be required to work in other Conservation Areas or on special projects for defined periods of time as directed by the Director of Conservation Area Services

To be considered for an interview, the candidate must meet the Province of Ontario’s definition of COVID-19 “fully vaccinated” or provide proof of Human Rights Code exemption in accordance with HCA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.


Application Process:

Interested applicants should email their resume to:
Attention: Wild Waterworks Manager

(please quote “ Lifeguard” in subject line and send resume in MS word or PDF format)


Although we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process; applicants are asked to inform Human Resources for any disability required accommodations in advance.

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