Lifeguards / Swim Instructors

Spring & Summer 2024:

Carleton University Pool Staff – Job Opportunities

Carleton Athletics continues to accept applications for Spring/Summer 2024 Lifeguard & Swim Instructor positions. Please review the information below and submit your APPLICATION as soon as possible.. A group or individual RESCUE SKILLS ASSESSMENT will be scheduled as needed in May & June. 

For those interested in applying for Spring/Summer Lifeguard/Swim Instructor positions, an application and ‘hiring process’ information are posted below. The ‘hiring process’ document contains important Rescue Skills information. If you have any questions, just send me an email (   

Job Description

The Carleton University Lifeguards and Instructors are responsible for the oversight of all Aquatics programming in our 50 m pool. This includes recreational & fitness swims, learn to swim and lifesaving programs, special bookings, and rental programs. The Carleton Pool offers aquatics courses and freelance swimming for Carleton Students, Staff, Faculty and Community Members. The Student Staff supervise all fitness & recreational swims with a commitment to safety, public education, prevention and emergency response.


  • All Lifeguard/Instructors attend New Staff Orientation sessions, along with monthly All Staff Training sessions and Rescue Skill Assessments.
  • Student Staff are provided with ways to maintain appropriate fitness levels in order to be ready to respond to any critical emergency/rescue in the pool or elsewhere in the Athletics Facility.
  • Staff are encouraged to take more advanced aquatics leadership courses such as First Aid Instructor, National Lifeguard Instructor, Advanced Lifesaving Instructor, Lifesaving Examiners and Swim for Life Instructor Trainer.
  • Effective communication and ongoing constructive feedback are the pillars of the Team.
  • Student Staff are provided with mid-term and end of term Job Performance Evaluations, ensuring that the Student Lifeguard/Instructors are maintaining the Carleton Standard and always striving to improve and succeed.
  • Student Staff are given the opportunity to provide their Supervisors with job performance feedback.

Experience/Skills Required

  • Certifications Required for Lifeguard/Instructors: National Lifeguard, Standard First Aid CPR-C AED, Lifesaving Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor & Emergency First Aid Instructor. Airway Management is recommended.
  • Communication skills: the instructors need to interact and provide direction to clients, mainly children, as well as communicate with other staff and parents.
  • Decision making skills: there are many instances where the instructor/lifeguard have to make decisions, the ultimate decisions could a life-death situation.
  • Under the guidance of Supervisors, the Lifeguard/Instructors learn problem-solve, de-escalate negative situations, communicate with Parent/Guardians of children in learn-to-swim & lifesaving programs, and fitness/recreational swimmers of all ages.

If you have any questions, contact Steve Baird (Aquatics Coordinator).

Hiring/Screening Process Information

Aquatics Application Form (Spring/Summer 2024)