Head of Waterski (Muskoka)

Campfire Circle, in Muskoka, is looking for Head of Waterski for the 2023 season.

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Wages: $6,000 (for the full contract)
Duties & Qualifications:

Muskoka Site Start Date: June 18th, 2023 End Date: September 3rd, 2023 Rate: $6,000 (for the full contract) *Training/virtual training dates may occur prior to this date and are included in your full contract rate*



a) Development, instruction, and supervision of a waterski, wakeboard and wake surf program that is: safe, creative, challenging, accessible, experiential, ability and age appropriate, environmentally friendly and fun.

b) Maintain equipment and track supply inventory, ensuring that all necessary supplies are re-stocked as required.

c) Work with Overnight Program Manager to adapt and adjust curriculum and activities from session to session based on feedback and experiences

d) Adhere to cleaning procedures and logging as trained and directed.

e) Set up and prepare activities and activity areas in accordance with, but not limited to the standards of the camp, the guidelines of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), and the organization’s COVID protocols

f) Ensure that camp programs incorporate camp values and traditions



a) Support in lifeguarding of recreational waterfront swimming activities when needed

b) Fill as instructor for other waterfront activities when team members are on time off or unable to fulfill their duties

c) Demonstrate strong skill level in lifeguarding standards and waterfront procedures, practicing preventative guarding

d) Follow safety procedures as trained and instructed and provide first aid and water rescue as required

e) Assist with swim/boat testing for all campers, staff and volunteers

f) Oversee risk management of all Waterski Activities and emergency procedures and participate in site emergency procedures



a) Participate in risk management and site emergency procedures

b) Collaborate with Medical Team, Camp Management, and Camper Support Specialists to ensure program and activities meet the considerations and needs of each participant

c) Assist in facilitation of on-site volunteer trainings

d) Support, coach, and lead volunteers in achieving safe, fun, and engaging programs

e) Assist volunteers in providing general support and supervision to campers and families

f) Attend and participate in various program areas, staff meetings, and socials as required

g) Support with summer bus programs and bus chaperoning as needed



a) Supervision and direction of the instruction and experience of all participants (campers and staff) in the waterski program

b) In collaboration with Camp Director and Manager, supervision of the Waterski Instructors of summer staff team, including offering feedback, performance evaluation, and program development opportunities

c) Collaborate with Overnight Program Manager to schedule participants, staff, and volunteers in the waterski program

d) Support the planning and facilitation of pre-camp summer staff training.

e) Oversee and monitor program curriculum planning and development to maintain program standards during growth



a) Evaluate and assess Waterski equipment, program safety and emergency procedures according to Campfire Circle, The Ontario Camps Association, and Ontario Health policies

b) Ensure the program binder is kept up to date (activity plans, inventory, camper records, and rope usage, equipment).

c) Communicate Waterski Activity program needs and concerns to Camp Director and Manager.

d) Report on the achievement of site specific program plans and Waterski Program plans

e) Ensure accident/incident report forms are completed

f) Produce an end of summer report capturing daily procedures, reflections on the summer and notes for future staff members in this role.



a) Help build and maintain a positive, inclusive and supportive camp community, ensuring that lines of communications are accessible, open and positive and acting as a role model within the camp community.

b) Identify staff/volunteer concerns as they arise and alert Camp Director and Manager of recurring or unresolved issues


7. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by their Manager or their designate.


a) Experience as a staff or volunteer in a camp environment and/or working with children in a recreational setting

b) Experience supervising staff and/ or volunteers

c) Experience working with children with disabilities and/or additional physical, behavioural, and/or psychosocial needs as well as experience facilitating adaptive programming.

d) Experience facilitating waterski and wakeboard programming

e) Experience towing someone behind a boat

f) WSWO Coaching Certification or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by Campfire Circle).

g) NLS certification or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by Campfire Circle).

h) Valid Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification for duration of the contract or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by Campfire Circle).

i) Pleasure Craft Operator’s License or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by Campfire Circle).

j) Clear police reference check and vulnerable sector screening

k) Current G or G2 class driver’s license and the ability to be covered by camp’s insurance policy.


Advantageous Criteria:

a) Overnight camping experience

b) NCCP Certification

c) Experience in outdoor education or adventure education

d) Demonstrated ability to work with children with serious illnesses and an understanding of how illness impacts the entire family

e) Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism or volunteer sector


Particular Working Conditions:

a) This position requires living at the Muskoka campsite for the duration of the contract – room and board is provided. Routine evenings and weekend commitments are required.

b) In consideration of the population Campfire Circle serves, the incumbent is a non-smoker.


Physical Requirements: The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions and supporting camp life require the following physical demands: lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. The job is largely performed in an outdoor environment, working at heights. The minimum physical requirements for this position include:

• Able to physically assist camper participants in the water and from the water

• Able to work outdoors in a waterfront environment for extended periods of time in a variety of weather conditions

• Able to lift 20kg

Job Type: Seasonal
Advertising Method: General Ad

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