Become a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor
Whether you’re a teen thinking about your first job or an adult looking for a new challenge, working as a lifeguard or swim instructor can be rewarding.
Be the spark.
The first step for anyone interested in working in aquatics is to take a series of courses to certify you to work as a lifeguard or swim instructor. You’ll be able to work at the YMCA and other organizations that recognize your Lifesaving Society credentials.
Become Certified as a Lifeguard
To become a lifeguard in the GTA you must be at least 15 years old and have the following certifications:
Prerequisite: A minimum age of 13 or Bronze Star certification (need not be current).
Work in Aquatics at the YMCA
Would you like to join a positive and supportive aquatics team? We are hiring swim instructors and lifeguards at most of our 11 locations across the GTA. Apply today and get awesome support and training, plus a FREE Fitness Membership when you join the team.
Meet Our Aquatics Alumni
We want to introduce you to some real-life "superheroes" who got their start working at the Y as lifeguards and swim instructors. When asked how the experience shaped their careers they all said it was important for them to give back to their community. Working as a lifeguard and swim instructor gave them the leadership and influencing skills that have made our aquatics alumni the leaders they are today.
YMCA Aquatics Alumni
From the swimming pool to the firehall, former YMCA lifeguard and swim instructor Jason Byles has always been passionate about helping others. A lot of what he learned working at the Y is still helpful in his daily life as a City of Toronto Firefighter. Being a Y lifeguard and swim instructor gave Jason the confidence to be ready for anything as a firefighter today.
Senior Director Aquatics, YMCA of Greater Toronto
Leanne works at the Oshawa YMCA and is so grateful that her parents insisted she complete her Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross at 13. She started at the Y as a part-time swimming instructor when she was 17, and now she's an aquatics leader at the Y. She works with young people every day, helping to shape their futures. Leanne says working in aquatics has given her self-confidence and leadership skills she which she can apply on the job and at home.
Director of Aquatics and Children's Programs, YMCA of Greater Toronto
Narayan got his first part-time job as a lifeguard when he was 16, then started working at the Y when he was 18. That kickstarted his career in aquatics. His main role today is as a trainer and coach helping people advance in the field of Aquatics. He also assesses programs and adapts them to meet the needs of the community. Narayan says working in aquatics has given him the skills to be a positive role model and leader for children and youth.