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summer lifeguard jobs in Canada

are you?

A strong swimmer, Alert, Energetic, Focused

bonus qualifications:

Lifeguards at summer camp are trained before the children arrive, and gain their Canadian lifeguard certificate. This means you don't need prior certifications, but you'll need to be able to obtain it.

Safety in the water is incredibly important, especially with kids at camp, so lifeguards are always in demand.If you're a strong swimmer, you'll be a natural fit for this role. With all those Canadian lakes, there are plenty of lifeguard roles to go around.

why should I be a lifeguard at summer camp?

If you’re a great swimmer who wants to spend their summer poolside under the sun, then the role of a lifeguard at our camps would be perfect for you!

When applying, you should you highlight your level of swimming expertise as well as any past experience of lifeguarding. Don’t be worried if you do not have any qualifications or past experience as a lifeguard, just make sure you are eager to learn.

Working as a lifeguard abroad can pay well for those who do it and where can you find a better place to do it than in the Canadian wilderness in a summer camp?

what does a lifeguard do at summer camp?

As a lifeguard, you could be stationed at the camp lake or pool, overseeing campers enjoying their daily swim or even a pool party!

A lifeguard is responsible for overseeing swimmers in the pool and ensuring their safety as well as being able to carry out First Aid when needed to.

Although being a lifeguard can be one of the most enjoyable roles at camp, it is one of the most safety-focused roles, so camp directors will be keen to see both a sense of fun and a sense of responsibility.

lifeguarding faq's

What if I don't have any qualifications?

Short answer - it might not be a problem. For most activities, you won't need any particular qualifications to teach your activity at camp. For others, we may be able to provide training before camp starts - you'll still need a decent amount of experience in your activity, but we'll make sure you're ready before the campers start arriving. The best thing to do is apply for the role you want, and if it doesn't work out, you may be able to lock down a similar role. Whatever you end up doing, you'll still be fully trained for camp!

Why should I be an activity specialist instead of a general counsellor?

Most importantly, being an activity specialist gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in an area that you are passionate about, getting experience that’s not available anywhere else. Whilst you’ll be teaching your activity 5 or 6 periods a day, you’ll generally have more time off, with many specialists staying overnight with other specialists rather than campers. You’ll also get to know the whole camp, spending your days seeing different groups of campers into the activity and seeing them grow both in the skill and as people.

How many children should I expect to teach?

Campers come down to sessions in divisions (age groups). These can vary in skill level, but usually are made up of 10-30 campers. You’ll then be paired with an individual camper or a group, and don’t worry - you’ll be supported by your fellow specialists and counsellors.

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