Programs & Services - Aquatics Volunteer

Purpose
To provide support to both clients and professional staff in the Aquatics exercise program

Tasks
• Providing support to both clients and professional staff in the Aquatics exercise program may include:
o assisting clients with exercise equipment, as directed by the Instructor – NO LIFTING
o enabling clients to participate in exercise programs by providing guidance
o helping to make sure clients are safe throughout the program

• To provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for clients attending Aquatics and assist clients with personal belongings upon arrival and departure
• To dress appropriately for a professional pool program, including full bathing suit.


Time Commitment
• Weekly shift during the Instructor’s session; Mondays from 12:30pm-1:30pm at Oak Bay Rec Centre
• Minimum commitment of 3 to 6 months
• Attend appropriate scheduled training and orientation sessions


Skill Requirements
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• Comfortable in the water
• Punctual and reliable
• Enthusiastic
• Able to work comfortably with people with disabilities
• Able to maintain confidentiality of all personal information gained through interactions at the program
• Willing to take direction as required
• Able to take initiative

Training, Screening and Skill Development
• Orientation to the MS Society’s volunteer program
• Education about MS, its symptoms, and its effects on the lives of clients and their families
• Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information (Criminal Record check) once every 5 years
• Position-specific training
• Other training and supervision as required


Position Reports To/Supervision
Instructor


Authority/Decision Making
Instructor

Supporting Policies
• Let the lead Aquatics Instructor know by phone if you are not able to attend a class
• Follow all position-specific procedures
• Adhere to all Volunteer Policies and Procedures


Benefits
• Invitation to the yearly volunteer recognition event
• Potential individual recognition
• Interaction with others in a social setting
• Development of interpersonal and leadership skills