Good student position, difficult to get shifts off/covered
Senior Lifeguard and Swim Instructor (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 16 October 2014
This job requires you to be available constantly, it is difficult to schedule time off.
If you are looking to work here as a student, know that the scheduling is imperfect. You will end up fighting to get an exam date covered, or running from the pool to class with no time in between.
The management team is overworked and difficult to deal with. In a fit of stress or rage, our boss "fired" all 40-something Lifeguards and told them they had a few weeks to work harder to earn their jobs at the pool.
I did enjoy the intense in-service trainings, and a lot of the Supervisors' depth of experience.
Teaching lessons at Carleton was difficult. The pool is cold and the class sizes were often really large (especially during the summer camps). The support from the Supervisors (Carleton's version of Head Guards) was lacking due to the number of classes and other work they had to get done during lesson blocks.
The facility itself was a lot of fun to be at. Ropes, dive towers, and spring boards were all present.
Overall, I chose not to return based on the aggressive management and well-below-average pay.
Management is overworked, pay is low