Volunteer to assist person with disabilities in the pool and change room during the swims for persons with disabilities. These swims are offered Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:30 AM to Noon and Thursdays from 7 – 8 PM.
To assist patrons in the change room by helping them transfer from their wheelchair to bench, toilet, shower bench or shower chair as well as to assisting with showering and changing.
To assist patrons from the change room to the graduated stairs or over hang lift into the pool. To provide assistance with exercises, gentle massage upon patrons request and socialization with patrons.
Above all to assist in providing a safe and comfortable environment during their time at the centre.
Benefits for the Volunteer
Disabled swim volunteers gain the satisfaction of helping those in need. They gain the experience of helping persons with disabilities in their everyday lives. They gain practical experience through training in assisting persons with disabilities in an aquatic environment. They gain the praise and admiration of the patrons who participate in the program and receive greater community involvement.
Skills and Abilities
Reliable, responsible, mature, punctual, patient and positive attitude. Must be willing to take a hand on approach with the persons with disabilities. Must have good communication skills with patrons, lifeguard, and full-time staff. Experience with persons with disabilities considered an asset but not required.
Volunteers are expected to be punctual for every shift, to remain for the entire shift, and to notify a staff person as soon as possible if they are unable to attend. Time commitment is flexible based on what the volunteer can provide. One swim a week is the minimum requirement.
Please contact Tyler Bennett at 613-564-1028 or Tyler.Bennett@ottawa.ca if you have any additional questions.