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Now Hiring for the Aquatics Program

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.



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Aquatics 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! Get started by registering for the Aquatics Leadership Program today!

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.


The program will be held at Milliken Mills C.C. - 7600 Kennedy Rd.

  • Pool and face-to-face instruction will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8pm
  • Two classes per session will be held on Saturdays from 9-1pm (dates to be confirmed)
  • Remaining curriculum requirements will be delivered online

The cost is $200 per session (includes all materials and exam fees).


Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn the following: 

Session 1 - Oct 4, 2016 to Jan 24, 2017 Session 2 - Feb 7 to June 13, 2017
  • One secondary school grade 10 credit
  • Bronze medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED skills
  • One secondary school grade 11 credit
  • National Lifeguard
  • Swim instructors and Lifeguarding Instructors (Lifesaving Society)
Barcode #: 288047 Barcode #: 291586
Prerequisites: Students must be at least 13 years of age, able to swim 400 metres continuously and be eligible for high school credits. Prerequisites: Students must be 16 years of age or older and have successfully completed Part 1 or hold current Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED.

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.

For program information, contact Shaun Pearl at or 905-477-6410 x3329.

If you have questions during the registration process, please contact the YRDSB at or 905-844-3434.

Register for Part 2 today!


“Everyone is always welcoming. It’s a lot of fun so it doesn’t feel like work.” Bindi PatelJoining 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 to March Completed by March March Mid to End of March Last week of March until end of June
Summer March to May Completed by May May June First week of July until end of August
Fall June to September Completed by early September September Mid-August to Mid-September September until December
Winter September to December Completed by December December December January until end of March


Our Great Benefits

“The key benefit is all the skills you gain while working. It teaches you responsibility and maturity, and those are skills that you can take with you wherever you go.” 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.


  • 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.


  • Standard First Aid with CPR C with Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • National Lifeguard
  • Swim and Lifesaving Instructors
  • 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 and First Aid Guide [PDF] for the times and locations of each program.

Certification Chart

“The City of Markham provides the best facilities in York Region and we have great people working here. It’s a lot of fun and there’s always something exciting going on.” Yit Lim

Lifeguard Path to Certification

Bronze Cross + Standard First Aid + National Lifeguard + Minimum 16 years of age

Swim Instructor Path to Certification

Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard + Instructors: Swim & Lifesaving + Minimum16 years of age

View course outlines and schedules [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!


“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