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Lifeguard25 reviews
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Excellent Part time Job

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Working for the City is an amazing job. Full of opportinities to grow and go into different fields Flexible hours Pay is great Training always provided

Pros

Pay is Great

Cons

Management could be better
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High-school drama

I worked as a waterfront lifeguard at the bluffs, it's one of the most intense beaches which would need one of the most supportive non drama and that was not the case, supervisors were immature, poor communication made the job dangerous, I ended up in the hospital due to intense training, bad communication and anxiety. Did not feel safe, you felt guilty for recovering from wounds. Most of the staff in other beaches were injured and still working. Quitting was almost to impossible. I just walked away and never came back.

Pros

Nice thunder storm view at the bluffs, Will definitely face a lot of situations, You will get super fit

Cons

As suggested by management, blow whistle incase you get kidnapped or stabbed or whatever
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What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Fair pay for job
Areas for improvement
  • Support from manager

Bad experience

The city of Toronto consistently and systematically underpays the lifeguards and wading pool attendants by about $100 each per month and attempting to have this issue resolved was very frustrating.
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Great if you're looking for a first job.

Working as a Lifeguard will always have its ups and downs but with the City of Toronto, you're always surrounded by great people and great work, although sometimes it can be hard to find enough hours for a session (but that's why taking a spare shift is great).
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Worst place to work

The city of toronto lifeguards are a joke. The management style is completely off. Theres a huge thing on seniority of hours. Just because you have a lot of hours doesn't mean you're a good worker. Because of the union the workers are lazy and know they can't be fired and get away with so much. The city of Toronto hires incapable people to lifeguard and their trainings are a joke. They let people pass through the screenings because they are short staffed. They are strict about going over hours and then complain when they are short a guard. They talk a big game about taking care of their own but when you need management or the "employee assistance program" you have to work around their schedule. I can speak from experience the EAP. Is a Joke and if you are looking for s job where you can count on others this is not the place to be.

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None

Cons

Everything
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Instructor/lifeguard

It is a fun job. You must be extremely patient and always alert. The safety of the child is in your hands. You must be properly licensed. Also, have a daily planned properly planned out.
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Great management and teamwork

Teamwork is the main focus for this position, you will have to work as a team not only during training, but during class time as well. You will need to constantly work together with supervisor and/ or coworkers
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Great summer job

If you're looking to make money over the summer while also being able to enjoy the outdoors and not be stuck inside this is definitely the job for you. Some pools may be more hectic than others so it may be more stressful depending on your pool of choice.

Pros

a lot of hours, fun staff

Cons

heat waves, flexibility
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Great learning experience

A good way to meet new people and learn a lot. The work environment was stable and very well done. Very professional workers that do their job well. Staff is friendly to everyone and ensures that it is an enjoyable work experience.
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Great for a Student...but don't plan on staying if you want to advance

It's a good student job. However the culture you get is dependant on where they place you. Since pools are located all around the city some of them are more laid back some of them are more stressful and you might have to get a bit lucky to get a good experience. However the management at the upper levels may teach you why meritocracy is important.
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Great place to work

well organized and looks after staff very well. As staff, you are valued by management and protected by them well. Was a pleasure to work for the city & would do it again in a heart beat.
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Good Summer Job

Consistent and reliable hours with a fun summer work environment. Good pay for students looking for a fun and easy summer job in the downtown core. A
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Part-time poverty

Work full-time hours but only considered "part-time" staff so you won't receive benefits or vacation/sick days. Sometimes show up for a shift and programs have been canceled so you lose hours and made the trip for nothing wasted your whole day.
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Very organized workplace

Good people strong administration decent part time hours. can be very strict at times but relatively good overall with a union to protect and advise you on work related issues.

Pros

set hours

Cons

very specific
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Great place to work

Typical days as a lifeguard include observing pool patrons, ensuring their safety and promoting 3 ps of lifesaving, staff and management are all reasonable, compassionate, and for the most part will always have your back. The workplace culture is quite professional while performing duties, off time can be slightly more casual. The hardest part of the Job is the various situations that must be dealt with as a guard, whether they are physical or have to do with Public relations.

Pros

Work in sun outside, good pay
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Working as a lifeguard with city of toronto

Extensive training leads to a professional and respectful work environment. Management is fair and professional. Co-workers have similar skills and help each other out. Creates a small community.
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Highly recommend

City of Toronto aquatics is an amazing job to have. Easy to switch shifts if you can not make a shift. Friendly work environment with amazing management.

Pros

Great co-workers

Cons

Some days are stressful
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Fun workplace enviroment for students

Fun workplace enviroment for students, short hours, but build your own schedule. Not much room to move up with. Co-workers are usually around your age, learn valuable life skills. Hardest part of the job is having and maintaining positive costumer relationships.
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Terrible supervisor

terrible supervisor, but overall day to day work pretty easy. Some of the rules made no sense. People working for the city (generaly higher up positions) were very rude.
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the most enjoyable part of the job

I enjoyed teaching children/youths how to swim and to become a proper leader. I was a person in which not only children but even parents who looked up to, it was a great experience.

Pros

leadership

Cons

money
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Dealing with people and providing customer service

enjoyed working outdoors and being of assistance to people. I enjoyed working with a team and ensuring the safety of the public.

Pros

working outdoors in summer

Cons

bad weather, no public in attendance
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Based on 790 reviews

Ratings by category

4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.8 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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