I have been working at City of Thunder Bay, OntarioPros
-Great work atmosphere, really friendly co-workers
-inservices weekly where you ameliorate your life saving skills
-Co-workers are all students
-Looks great on a resume
-Going to work is always fun
-Schedules are sent by email which saves time.
-Easy to pick up shifts.
-Co-workers almost always show up for their shifts so your never left short staff
-You get to practise your first aid frequently.Cons
-Promotions are given based on years of experience not ability. Most pool controls slack off and do not do there job well but still manage to become lifeguards after they pass their required courses. To become a head guard you mainly just need to work there for a while.
-Employees slack. A lot. No one gets the off duty jobs done, everyone just sits around and talks.
-A lot of miscommunication within management: often employes concerns are not dealt with correctly.
-Often too many staff
-Pay is low in comparison to other pools around Ontario
-Lack of organization
-You're expected to show up 15 min early to your shifts.
-Guarding or sitting at the water slide for long periods of time can feel long.
-Often emergency situations.
-Raises are only given once a year no matter when you were hired.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Work and hanging out should be different things. There should not be so many guards sitting around when work needs to be done. Lead by example.
Promotions should be given only once the employees can do there own jobs first.
discipline staff for being lazy.
The off-duty job isn't being done because it doesn't count for anything. Make a system where you must actually work hard as a pool control to become lifeguard and must maintain a strong work ethic in order to keep your job.
You shouldn't be able to do the bare minimum requirements and still get yearly raises.
It's ability and not age that makes good staff.
Discipline staff for being lazy at work, it's wasting taxpayers money.
If you can't attract more patrons to the pool, lower the amount of lifeguards. During family swim there are usually four employees sitting in the guard office on break which is a little excessive.