Leadership and lifeguarding


Becoming a lifeguard allows you to learn how to teach and share your passion for swimming with others. Find out more about why lifeguarding might be for you, and the steps you can take to become one!

Reasons to become a lifeguard

Lifeguarding teaches many transferrable skills and is a great job for all ages! When you're a lifeguard with the City of Kitchener, you are provided with:

  • Flexible work schedules
  • Staff appreciation events and awards
  • Several pool locations to work at across the city
  • Opportunity to develop skills in leadership, responsibility, safety, and teaching
  • Excellent wages
Courses you need to be a lifeguard 
Youth can get started toward their goal of lifeguarding as early as eight years old, by starting with the basics through our Rookie, Ranger, and Star Patrol courses!

To become an aquatics assistant with the City of Kitchener there are several courses that must be completed before applying.

The City of Kitchener offers lifeguarding courses through the Lifesaving Society and Canadian Red Cross

Courses you need to become an aquatic assistant 

Once these courses are completed, and you are at least 15 years old, you can apply for early employment as an aquatic assistant!

Courses you need to become an instructor guard

Once you have completed all seven courses, (four to be an aquatic assistant, and the additional three to become an instructor guard) and are at least 16 years old, you can apply for employment as an instructor guard. (Learn more about these courses)

Note: These are the requirements for lifeguarding with the City of Kitchener. Other organizations may require a different set of prerequisites.  

Apply for a job

Step 1: Apply

Simply visit the current career opportunities page and upload your resume and cover letter

Step 2: Skill screening

Applicants will be contacted to attend a skill screening to demonstrate critical skills learned from their lifeguard courses.

Step 3: Interview

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview.

Step 4: Orientation and training

Newly hired staff will be scheduled for an orientation and training at the new
workplace location.

Please note: Candidates must bring copies of their certification cards on the first day of each leadership program. Certifications of legal documents. Copies of Lifesaving Qualifications can be found on the Lifesaving Society's website under 'Find a member'. 

All courses required to be employed at a City of Kitchener pool are offered throughout the year at multiple locations throughout the City of Kitchener.

How to register for courses
Visit any one of our City of Kitchener pools, or register for your course online through our new registration program - ACTIVE Net. To register for a program, you'll need to activate your existing account or create a new account. Visit our ACTIVE Net page to learn how.

If you are not a City of Kitchener resident, you can purchase a Kitchener Card or get access to non-resident rates.

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