Adapted Aquatic Leader

Requisition ID: 36071 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose & Function

The Adaptive Aquatic leader provides direction of adaptive aquatic programs and services at aquatic facilities.  This position is instrumental in expanding City-wide adaptive aquatic programming, researching and developing new resources, training and developing adaptive aquatic instructional and support skills at each pool.   The Adapted Aquatic Leader also supports aquatic staff throughout indoor pools in the delivery of adaptive aquatic programming.


The position builds and nurtures relationships with local organizations, which work with children, youth, and adults with disabilities in order to make programs relevant and accessible to those who would most benefit from it.


This position includes pool supervision, lifeguarding and supervisory work.  The position also assists in preparing records, reports and statistics related to the work performed, schedules and supervises the work of auxiliary aquatic staff. The work involves instructing and evaluating children and adults in all levels of swimming including specialized areas of instruction, ensuring the safety of facility users, rendering first aid as required.


The Adapted Aquatic Leader is under the supervision of the Aquatic Supervisor and the guidance of the Access Services Programmer. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated by a superior in terms of effectiveness of instruction and conformance to established practices, and by the public in terms of services rendered. The position reports to the Assistant Supervisor, Indoor Aquatics (City-Wide Services) and works closely with the pool programming teams and Access Services staff.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists in developing aquatic programs and services for all levels and abilities focussing on specialized programs such as programs for people with a disability; actively participates in swimming instruction.
  • Occasional travel between sites to work with the site teams to facilitate learner registration
  • Presents and instructs at in-service training at all pools to develop staff knowledge, skills and abilities  in teaching adapted swimming lessons
  • Schedules, assigns, supervises and assists in the evaluation of the work of employees engaged in providing swimming instruction, lifeguarding, custodial, and clerical services; organizes and  leads staff in-service training
  • Develops instructor knowledge tools and support documents
  • Mentors swim instructors and offer lesson support
  • Liaises with and support the Access Services team in matters of aquatics
  • Assesses and develop appropriate lesson format (Private / Group) based on an assessment of the learner
  • Follows up assessments of lesson results
  • Communicates with families and individuals to coordinate lessons using a variety of communication methods and tools
  • Communicates with students, families/caregivers and therapists to build an understanding and rapport with learners and their family/support teams
  • Working with the Assistant Supervisor of Indoor Aquatics, develops and implements an equitable lesson distribution process
  • Contacts successful applicants and provide registration support as required
  • Compiles student profiles – based on all available feedback
  • Conducts and trains staff in conducting in water assessments for new students
  • Develops small group lessons based on swim ability and student compatibility
  • Offers feedback to aquatic team members
  • Liaises with local organizations that support adapted learning
  • Conducts research on evolving best practices and instructional alternatives
  • Plans, organizes and coordinates special aquatics, social and cultural activities and events.
  • Assists in program planning.
  • Develops promotional materials for program activities; maintains various operating and administrative records related to the work.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Liaises with pool teams to determine lesson times and capacity


The successful candidate must be prepared to be placed and/or accept transfers to other facilities in the organization based on operational needs. The successful candidate will be required to work a variety of shifts including mornings, afternoons and weekends, as operationally required and in accordance with the Collective Agreement.



Education and Experience:

  • Completion of high school supplemented by training courses related to the work and sound experience as a lifeguard and swim instructor, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Minimum of two years expeirence working with children, youth, and/or adults with disabilities in a recreational, child care or educational environment 
  • The following certifications are required (candidates must have current and valid certifications at the time of the posting close date):
    • Current Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor (SI) certification
    • Current Lifesaving Society Instructor (LSI) certification
    • Current Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service (NL) - Pool Option certification
    • Current CPR "C" certification (or equivalent)
    • Current Standard First Aid certification (or equivalent)
    • BCRPA Water Fit certification preferred
    • OFA Level II certification preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of relevant policies and aquatic legislation.
  • Considerable knowledge of swimming instruction techniques and progressions including such specialized areas as instruction to people with disabilities, along with a working knowledge and understanding of aquatic legislative requirements, OH&S guidelines and organizational policies and procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of the hazards, related precautions, and safety regulations related to the work.
  • Sound knowledge of teaching methods and group leadership techniques emphasizing instruction in water safety and aquatic skills.
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the implementation, evaluation, organization and delivery of instructional and recreational aquatic programs.
  • Demonstrated skills and competencies in planning, organizing projects and schedules, leadership and team development; coaching; and customer service
  • Skills and experience in leading and supervising a team including the ability to coach staff, promote teamwork, provide leadership, and create a positive organizational culture.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the principles of community inclusion and an understanding of the practical issues relating to members and guests, their families and relevant support networks.
  • Ability to develop instruction programs for varied levels of swimmers and to organize and lead staff in-service training.
  • Ability to assist in the training and evaluating work of staff engaged in aquatic services.
  • Demonstrable priority management, planning and self-management skills.
  • High level interpersonal and verbal communication skills including skills in influencing people, conflict resolution, problem solving, critical incident management,  negotiation and working effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Sound judgment and ability to effectively and professionally represent the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation


A Police Record Check is a requirement of this position. A clearance requires the absence of any criminal charges or convictions related to this position.


The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.


Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Parks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: September, 2022  

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-016: $27.98 to $32.87 per hour


Application Close: August 14th, 2022

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, 2SLGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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