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Day Camp Waterfront Specialist

Waterfront Specialist 

The Waterfront Specialist is responsible for the overall safety and supervision of the waterfront areas for Camp Chippewa and Specialty Chippewa at Christie Conservation Area. The Waterfront Specialist will assist in providing support to the waterfront staff (lifeguards, canoe and kayak instructors) and will assist/facilitate with program areas (lifeguarding, canoeing, kayaking, water games), if necessary. The Waterfront specialist is on-site all day and reports directly to the Site Supervisor. Waterfront Specialists are knowledgeable in waterfront safety, lifeguarding standards, as well as canoe and kayak safety. Waterfront Specialists will be hired for the following:  

  • Camp Chippewa (supporting a team of lifeguards, canoe and kayak instructors) 
  • Specialty Chippewa (supporting canoe and kayak instructors) 


  • Skilled in waterfront activities/games  
  • Works alongside Site Supervisors, Program Specialists and Section Heads to ensure safety measures are met 
  • Maintains high standards of safety and risk management in delivery and communication of staff assigned to waterfront areas 
  • Performs weekly waterfront searches and daily documentation 
  • Co-ordinates and ensures safe, quality programs for all participants and staff 
  • Regular contact with staff, camp participants, parents, community agencies, and volunteers involved in the program 
  • Assists with waterfront training to all waterfront staff 
  • Oversees maintenance of the equipment (canoes, kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, first aid, lifeguard tubes, etc.) 
  • Further supports staff in the planning, supervision, and leading of activities when needed 
  • Contributes to an inclusive environment 
  • Understands and commits to confidentiality 
  • Other duties as assigned 



  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C valid through Summer 2023 (must provide proof of certification or enrollment in course before hiring) 
  • 2-year post-secondary degree/diploma, or pursuing same, in any discipline but preferably in the area of leisure and recreation, social services, child and youth worker or education 
  • Staff 18 years and older must submit a clear Vulnerable Sector Check prior to commencing work  
  • NLS certification is required and must be valid through Summer 2023  
  • NLS Waterfront training is an asset 
  • ORCA certification is an asset 
  • Previous YMCA camping or child and youth program experience is preferred 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 


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Waterfront / Swim Specialist

April 28, 2023