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Aquatics Program Assistant 

Category Recreation and Arts  
Req Number REC-24-00005  
Open Date 4/1/2024  
Number of Openings 1  
Department Aquatics 

Work type Temporary Full-Time 

Grade $29.50-$35.26/hr 

FTE 1.0 

Posting Close Date 04/26/2024 


Join us in building a world of possibility! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital, and a top 40 Canadian research hospital. Serving over 8,500 families annually in both inpatient and outpatient programs and services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care and is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in three successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada.

Holland Bloorview’s vision is to support the most meaningful and healthy futures for all children, youth and families. We are an academic hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Holland Bloorview has won numerous awards including Greater Toronto's Top Employers, Canada's Top Employers for Young People and Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures. We offer an inspiring, inclusive, innovative, and collaborative work environment with competitive compensation and benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth. Learn more about the advantages of a career at Holland Bloorview here:

The position:

Reporting to the Manager, Aquatics, this role is responsible for assisting with day to day aquatic program operations including Lifeguarding and Instructing. The person in this position provides supervision to part-time staff and volunteers and ensures quality program delivery and excellent customer service to meet current and changing needs of our service population.

This is a temporary full time (1.0 FTE) position expected to be up to 18 months in length. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with the implementation and leadership of aquatic programs and services
  • Ensure operating standards are in accordance with Holland Bloorview Policies and Procedures, Ontario Health Regulations and industry standards
  • Knowledge of various disabilities and associated barriers, and behaviour management techniques
  • Liaise with families and make services accessible to participants who have a disability including performing needs assessments and ensuring participants are integrated appropriately into programs
  • Directly supervise program delivery to ensure high quality and safety, including monitoring of instructor lesson plans, worksheets and report cards to ensure they are completed accurately
  • Provide direction, supervision and leadership to part-time staff and volunteers
  • Exercise discretion and judgment with handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Coordinates the delivery of a swim program for the school students attending the Bloorview School Authority
  • Organization of the Community Aquatic Therapy program, including administrative duties and supporting and working closely with the Physiotherapist
  • Delivery of the Canadian Red Cross Babysitting course
  • Assist with program registration
  • Completion of appropriate records and reports
  • Lifeguarding and program instruction as required
  • Assist with administrative duties
  • Collaborates with other staff in the hospital (Recreation Therapists, Physiotherapists, finance, Volunteer Resources, School Principal and Teachers, Educational Assistants, Building Services, Housekeeping)
  • Participate in quality improvement initiatives, support the maintenance of a safe and healthy work environment and advance a culture of client/patient safety through work and daily practices
  • Attend and assist with the organization and running of all Aquatics staff trainings


  • College diploma in Recreation Studies or related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in aquatics including directing the work of others
  • Extensive experience working with children with disabilities in an aquatic setting
  • Strong organizational, communication, report-writing, problem-solving, and grammar skills
  • Superior customer service skills including working collaboratively with staff teams
  • Computer literacy using Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, and Word) and desktop publishing software
  • Must be prepared to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
  • Required current qualifications: Standard First Aid and CPR, Swim Instructor – Lifesaving Society, National Lifeguard Certification, Aquatic Supervisor Certification
  • Additional awards such as Canadian Red Cross Youth Leader, National Lifeguard Instructor/Examiner (or willing to obtain), High Five ®, Certified Aquafitness Instructor, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention would be an asset
  • Experience with registration software ActiveNet is considered an asset


About the Organization Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth with disabilities, medical complexity, illness and injury. All of our work is guided by our strategic plan, Transformative Care, Inclusive World: Holland Bloorview 2030. The plan:

To get a glimpse as to who Holland Bloorview is, we invite you to watch the Dear Everybody, This is Holland Bloorview video. Video:

Holland Bloorview is committed to fostering a climate of inclusion, diversity, equity accessibility, and anti-racism (IDEAA). This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we seek to create an inclusive culture for our clients, families, research scientists, staff, participants, trainees, volunteers, trustees, and partners. To help in our journey towards fully reflecting the communities we partner with, we welcome and encourage applications from Black individuals and other racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI2SA+ persons, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas within our community. Holland Bloorview is committed to fair assessment of a candidate's abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience, including non-traditional career paths.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting or 416-425-6220.  

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