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Pool Counsellor – Lifeguard

Pool Counsellor – Lifeguard
Number of Positions: 4
Reports To: Pool Head
Compensation: $77/day + meals and accommodation
Location: Camp Woodeden (London, ON) and Camp Merrywood (Perth, ON) each require 2 Pool Counsellors.
Employment Dates:
Camp Merrywood: June 2024 – August 2024
Camp Woodeden: June 2024 – August 2024

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At Easter Seals Ontario, we provide overnight camping opportunities for kids and young adults with physical disabilities. Each summer we welcome staff from all over the world and pride ourselves on providing an awesome pre-camp training, so our staff are equipped with all the skills they need to give our campers a great experience. Our camps make many traditional summer camp activities accessible and inclusive, such as swimming, boating, archery, high ropes, and more! Check out our website to learn more about our locations in Perth, Ontario and London, Ontario.

Reporting to the Pool Head or Waterfront Programmer, the Pool Counsellor – Lifeguard is responsible for designing and facilitating a high quality, accessible pool, and rainy-day backup, programs. Pool Counsellors work as a team to provide appropriate supervision for pool programs, ensure that the pool is cleaned and well maintained and meets relevant Ontario Camps Association and legislative guidelines and regulations.

Summary of Essential Job Functions

  • Develop program goals following the Easter Seals Ontario camp goals & objectives.
  • Follow and enforce the risk management plan for the pool/waterfront.
  • Practice waterfront safety drills with the other pool/waterfront staff.
  • Prepare rainy day activities for days when the weather prevents the pool being used.
  • Comply with and understand the Lifeguard’s responsibility in relation to the OCA standards, the Ontario Regulation 503/17, Recreational Camps and Ontario Regulation 494/17, Public Pools.
  • Responsible for pool safety and maintenance. Conduct regular checks of the pH, chlorine level and water temperature of the pool as required and document the results in a binder.
  • Maintain the pool equipment, cleaning and sanitation of pool area, and replace pool supplies as required. Report any maintenance concerns to the Site Manager.
  • Assist counsellors in getting campers in and out of the pool, including transferring, giving showers and dressing.
  • Adhere to and support all camp policies, procedures and guidelines as detailed in the Camp Resource Manual.
  • Responsible for providing appropriate camper care including bathing, showering, brushing teeth, hair care, dressing, toileting (changing incontinence pads), cleaning intermittent catheterization, feeding, lifting and transferring, and any other activities of daily living. Training for these activities is provided during pre-camp orientation.
  • Participate as a member of the program staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events and other all-camp activities.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Pool Head or Program Director.

Physical Aspects of the Job

  • Ability to observe camper behaviour and apply appropriate behaviour-management techniques, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures.
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  • Able to manage standing, bending, stooping, and stretching as well as daily exposure to the sun and heat and varying environmental conditions


Minimum Requirements

Minimum age: 18 years

NLS (NL) lifeguarding certification is required prior to the start of the camp season.  Preference given to those with adaptive program education or experience. Previous camp experience an asset. Standard First Aid/CPR is required prior to the start of the camp season.

Other Considerations

  • Easter Seals Ontario camps are fully accessible and provide camping experiences to kids and young adults with disabilities.
  • Must provide clear background check.
  • It is required that all staff be fully vaccinated against Covid19 and follow the health and safety recommendations provided by Provincial and Regional Health Units.
  • Camp staff members are required to participate fully in the camp activities. This may include swimming every day, sailing, dressing-up and working with children/youth all day.
  • Should be capable of lifting and transferring 15 – 25 kgs in a safe manner.
  • Onsite housing provided for camping season and meals provided on camp session days.
  • June – August eight-day work period, 24 hours/day on call with scheduled breaks throughout the day and three days off between sessions.

Easter Seals Ontario welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Easter Seals Ontario fosters an environment of inclusivity, empowerment, and safety for participants and staff alike. Easter Seals Ontario is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws of Ontario.


Waterfront / Swim Specialist


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