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Aquatics Program Jobs

Get Certified! Swim Here. Work Here.

Are you looking for a job that works around your schedule, builds valuable career skills and is a fun way to meet new people? We’re looking for enthusiastic, responsible youth and adults to join our team as Swim Instructors, Lifeguards and Shift Supervisors within our Recreation Services Department.

Aquatic wage rates have increased! 

Position Wage
Lifeguard Entry level $14.00 per hour
Lifeguard Step 2 $15.55 per hour
Swim Instructor Entry Level  $15.09 per hour
Swim Instructor Step 2 $16.77 per hour

How to get started:

Lifeguard Certification:  Bronze Cross + Standard First Aid + National Lifeguard + 16 years or older

Swim Instructor Certification:  Bronze Cross OR National Lifeguard + Standard First Aid + Instructors Swim and Lifesaving + 16 years or older

Once you are certified, you can apply for a job as a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor at our pools.

To register for the above mentioned courses, see our Aquatic Leadership Guide [PDF] for dates and times.

by December 2 to become a lifeguard or swim instructor!

Learn more about:



Joining the Team

The City of Markham is home to 9 pool facilities, including the Pan Am Centre. We offer swim instruction, lifesaving programs and drop-in swimming activities for all ages and skills levels.

As part of our Aquatics team, you will benefit from many opportunities for growth and development, while building your leadership and customer service skills. Gain the valuable experience you need to jump-start a successful career in the social services, the business sector or beyond!

Instructors and lifeguard positions are available year-round, and are posted seasonally to ensure new applicants are on board to meet training deadlines prior to beginning work.

Season Posting Period Interviews Job offers Training Dates Season Dates
Spring January Completed by March March Mid to End of March Last week of March until end of June
Summer February to March Completed by May May June First week of July until end of August
Fall June to August Completed by early August August Mid-August to Mid-September September until December
Winter September to December Completed by December December December January until end of March

Apply Today!

Our Great Benefits“Everyone is always welcoming. It’s a lot of fun so it doesn’t feel like work.” Bindi Patel

 “I have a lot of good friends here that have been here as long as me.” Marina Genua

Imagine a job that works around your availability, and allows you to meet new people in a social and fun environment. You can find all that and more by joining our Aquatics team.

Aquatics Program Employees also Receive:

  • Discounted registration to obtain or renew qualifications
  • Discounted memberships at City of Markham fitness centres
  • Free access to any drop-in Aquatic Program
  • Discounted transit passes for York Region Transit


Our Flexible Schedule & Shifts

“This is the best job to have. When you apply, you get to pick the days you want to work. I’ve never had any problems getting the days I want. Other jobs, you only get your schedule the week before.”  Marina GenuaThe City of Markham’s pools operate from early morning to late evening, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Whether you’re a student, stay-at-home parent or an adult looking for part-time hours, the City offers the flexibility to work around your schedule at one or multiple pools. Part-time staff can work up to 24 hours/week, with some positions offering up to 35 hours/week. Choose from early, daytime or evening shifts.


  • Early Shift: 5 to 9 a.m.
  • Daytime Shift: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Evening Shift: 4 to 11 p.m.



“You learn a lot of skills on how to approach problems. You learn a lot of key things that you can apply in real life just by working as part of the aquatics program.” Sagar Patel

We are looking for enthusiastic, responsible individuals who are interested in working with people of all ages and abilities. You must demonstrate good judgment, be a team-player and safety-focused. Lifeguards and Swim Instructors must be at least 16 years of age.

You must also have current certification in:

  • Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR C with Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard
  • Lifesaving Society Swim and Lifesaving Instructors
  • Lifesaving Society Airway Management

View job descriptions


Becoming Certified

The City of Markham offers all the courses you need to become certified as a lifeguard or swim instructor, with the option to fast-track your certification. In addition to lifesaving, certification courses help you to build key skills, including leadership, team building, customer service, organization, safety, and problem-solving.

The following courses are offered at Angus Glen Community Centre & Library, Centennial Community Centre, Cornell Community Centre & Library, Milliken Mills Community Centre & Library, Thornhill Community Centre & Library and Thornlea Pool.

View the Aquatic Leadership Guide [PDF

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the Aquatics Program, while earning valuable experience and volunteer hours. Play an important role in the success of our programs by providing encouragement, assisting instructors, and providing a safe environment for all participants. You’ll have a standard schedule throughout the season and be eligible for discounts on aquatic leadership courses. Come experience the fun, friendly, team-oriented atmosphere at our community pools! Qualifications and How to Apply

“I have a lot of good friends here that have been here as long as me.” Marina GenuaVolunteers must be at least 14 years of age, and have completed Bronze Medallion.  

Click here to apply to be a volunteer


YRDSB Aquatic Leadership Program 

Thanks to the partnership with the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), students can now earn high school credits, train to be a lifeguard, and develop leadership skills all at the same time! The next course will begin Fall 2017.

The Aquatics Leadership Program uses a blended learning format consisting of pool instruction, face-to-face instruction, in-class and online learning. Students must pass the final exam for each aquatic course including the in water examinations in order to receive their lifeguarding, swim and lifesaving instructor qualifications. Credits and certifications may be granted independently.