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Sailing Counsellor

Sailing Counsellor
Number of Positions: 2
Reports To: Waterfront Program Director
Compensation: $77/day + meals and accommodation
Location: Camp Merrywood (Perth, ON)
Employment Dates:
Camp Merrywood: 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 Waterfront Program Director the Sailing Counsellors provides and supervises a recreational/instructional sailing program that meets and needs the abilities of the campers. The Sailing Counsellor will complete all reporting related to their programs and ensure the proper usage and storage of canoes and canoeing equipment.

Summary of Essential Job Function

  • Develop program goals following the Easter Seals Ontario camp goals & objectives.
  • Follow and enforce the camp specific risk management plan for the sailing program.
  • Practice waterfront safety drills in conjunction with the other waterfront staff.
  • Prepare rainy day activities for days when the weather prevents the use of the sailboats.
  • Responsible for completing an inventory upon arrival and prior to departure from camp.
  • Orient staff and campers to the proper rules, regulations and emergency procedures while sailing.
  • Demonstrate and teach the staff sailing skills during staff training.
  • Maintain proper care of the sailboats and the sailing equipment. Report any necessary repairs to the Site Manager.
  • Assist counsellors in getting campers in and out of the sailboats.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to and support all camp policies, procedures and guidelines as detailed in the Camp Resource Manual.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Waterfront 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 rigging the sailboats, lifting, bending, stooping, and stretching as well as daily exposure to the sun and heat and varying environmental conditions.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.

Minimum requirements

Minimum age: 18 years

Previous sailing experience. NLS or Bronze Cross, current Standard First Aid/CPR required prior to the start of the camping season. Pleasure Craft Operator Card. CanSail instructor certification and Boat Rescue certification is an asset, as is previous camp experience.

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.


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