Master Swim Coach, Aquatics (Taggart Family Y Location)

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Position: Master Swim Coach, Aquatics (Taggart Family Y Location)
Location: Taggart Family Y, 180 Argyle Ave, Ottawa
Type: Part-time, preferred start date September 27, 2021
Preferred start date: Monday, Sep 27, 2021
Closing date: Thursday, Sep 30, 2021


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.


Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA-YWCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:

What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults and families.

Our competitive wage and benefit package include:

  • Free Y membership.
  • Discounted Y program fees (including health & fitness programs, child care and camps)
  • Development courses at no cost in several areas
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • Extended Maternity leave benefits to all our staff up to 6 more months after the year of leave.


What you offer?

The Aquatics Master Swim Coach reports to the Coordinator of Aquatics and promotes fun, fitness, health, fellowship, and participation among adult swimmers. The Coach will also provide guidance and leadership in the direction, development, and execution of programs for both non-competitive and competitive adult swimmers.

Masters swimming is based on regular training sessions using training techniques similar to those used in swim programs all over the world, including flexibility, strength, and aerobic conditioning, and is a blend of recreational and fitness swimming for adults.

 Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Plan and provide workouts, as well as assist with individual swimming needs.
  • Perform essential functions of the position and supervise program activities
  • Manage a high-stress situation, decide on the best course of action and implement that action in a calm manner
  • Actively build positive relationships with members to help ensure their experiences are enjoyable
  • Working with adult athletes of all ages and ability levels from beginner to tri-athlete


What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Post-secondary education or equivalent in a related field


  • Fluent in English, oral and written

 Experience, Abilities & Skills 

  • Extensive background in competitive swimming and previous coaching experience.
  • Safety training for coaches or lifeguard certification including CPR, first aid, and AED
  • Ability to adapt teaching/coaching methods to each participants’ abilities
  • Demonstrated proficiency in teaching stroke development, stroke correction, and proper technique
  • Ability to make clear recommendations and decisions
  • Previous coaching experiences an asset
  • Previous swim instructing an asset
  • Excellent writing, listening, and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, instructional, and Leadership skills
  • Sufficient strength, agility, and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities
  • Ability to make clear recommendations and decisions

Additional Requirements:

  • Current National Lifeguard (NL) certification
  • Current Standard First Aid, CPR C, and AED training certification
  • Current WHMIS certification
  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required 
  • Prior to the start date, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or have a valid exemption
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.

 Core Competencies:

  • COMMITMENT TO Y VISION AND VALUES – Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of an appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes, and values of the YMCA-YWCA.
  • LEADERSHIP – Motivates and inspires others to take action and achieve desired outcomes.
  • QUALITY FOCUS – Ensures that success criteria for self, staff, and programs are set, reviewed, and surpassed regularly to provide excellent service delivery.
  • RESULTS ORIENTED – The ability to manage and lead to achieve and exceed identified goals.
  • SERVICE ORIENTATION – Deliberately identifies and creates opportunities to enhance each and every person’s YMCA-YWCA experience.
  • TEAMWORK – The ability to work effectively with others to achieve optimal collective results.


About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve and as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.


How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  Internal applicants can apply only after completing the probationary period of their current job unless approved by People and Culture.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Brian Robertson. Please send applications to the Senior Coordinator, Aquatics, Brian Robertson (

Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during this process. We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.




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