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Swim Academy Lead Coach

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Reporting to the Swim Academy Head Coach, this role involves striving to deliver the highest quality coaching and team leadership to the CGC Swim Academy Program. Please note that Water Polo and/or Swim experience is mandatory to be considered for this role.


  • Work with the Swim Academy Head Coach and assistant coaches to develop and deliver of all aspects of the CGC Swim teams
  • Interact with swimmers, parents, and coaches in a manner that adheres to the Canada Games Centre’s long term athlete development model and program philosophy
  • Create and effectively run practices and implement long term practice plans
  • Establish a reliable and professional on-deck presence
  • Attend all required local meets and competitions
  • Implement swimmer evaluation and development strategies
  • Communicate with Swim Nova Scotia, Water Polo Nova Scotia and other PSO’s
  • Ensure that knowledge, skills, and qualifications are kept up-to-date
  • To recruit coaching staff, supervise their performance, and manage their schedules including substitutes
  • Responsible for team or teams with the ability to oversee others


  • Water Polo and/or Swim experience
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the discipline of swimming
  • Ability to confidently lead and develop a coaching team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with swimmers and parents
  • Have a good working knowledge of child protection procedures
  • Ability to forge relationships with neighboring clubs and facility providers
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills


  • Minimum 2 to 4 years of competitive coaching experience
  • Standard First Aid with CPR Level C and AED (SFA with CPR Level C and AED)
  • Minimum NCCP level 1 for Swimming
  • Background in swimming
  • Water Polo experience is considered an asset
  • Experience with life saving sport is considered an asset
  • FMS and High Five training is considered an asset
  • Swim for Life Instructor (SFLI) or Water Safety Instructor (WSI) is considered an asset


  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and well organized
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • Working knowledge of FMS principles, Sport for Life model and the Get More from Sports philosophy
  • Computer skills, i.e., Microsoft Office, Hytek (Team manager and Meet manager), etc.
  • Desire to continue professional development
  • Willingness to learn new components of competitive swimming and modern coaching techniques
  • Driver’s license and access to a vehicle


  • Requirement to work flexible hours – morning, day, evening, and weekends
  • Approximately 30 to 35 hours per week
  • Working environment includes physical, emotional, and mental demands
  • Safe use of all protective / barrier equipment as required by the employer
  • Exposure to loud noises and ability to concentrate in a busy environment

The wage scale for this position is $14.00 – 16.00 per hour.


  • Free facility membership
  • 50% off CGC programs
  • Free parking and close proximity to Halifax Transit
  • Amazing team environment

To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé outlining how you meet the specific qualifications listed in the job posting to Lauren Ching at by Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line. Failure to properly identify your application or attach working documents will result in your application being omitted.  

We are a welcoming and supportive workplace and applicants from the following groups are encouraged to self-identify when applying for this opportunity: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons.


This opportunity is now closed