Town of Orangeville experiencing aquatics staffing challenges
Orangeville, like many other municipalities across Canada, is experiencing a shortage of lifeguards and swimming instructors. This issue is affecting service delivery and as a result, this past fall the Community Services Department has reviewed program plans including swimming lessons, public swimming and lane swimming, and adjusted schedules accordingly.
“There is a shortage of aquatics staff across the country,” said Raymond Osmond, General Manager, Community Services. “Many municipalities are facing this issue and are taking similar measures.” At a recent Parks and Recreation Ontario Aquatics Conference, the recurring theme throughout was the aquatic staffing crisis.
Ongoing recruitment, enhanced screening and revised interviewing processes have been implemented to facilitate the application and hiring process for aquatic personnel. The Town is also implementing new hiring and training strategies to attract new staff to the positions. “Lifeguards and swimming instructors are vital to our operation and offer an extremely valuable service to our community,” Mr. Osmond stated. “We continually work to develop new ideas and review our program strategy to ensure the best possible service delivery to the public.”
The Department continues to adapt pool schedules to deliver maximum programs based on staff availability. Effective Sunday, December 2 to February 3 at Alder Recreation Centre, fitness swim from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., public swim from 2 - 3:30 p.m., and shared lane swim from 4 - 5 p.m. have been cancelled. Members of the public are reminded to check program schedules and cancellations listed on the Town’s website on a regular basis. Schedules will be updated as we continue to recruit additional staff.
If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard or swimming instructor please be sure to check the town’s website for the current job posting at www.orangeville.ca.