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Looking to make an impact in your community?

We are hiring Aquatic Lifeguards and Instructors. Mark your calendar and register online for a lifeguard skills screening:
  • July 20 (Barcode 1473764), Plant Recreation Centre (Pool), 7 to 9 pm (arrive at 6:30 for check-in) 
  • August 9 (Barcode 1473761), Brewer Pool 5 to 7 pm (arrive at 4:30 to check-in)
Want to know more about the Aquatics Lifeguard and Instructor screening sessions? We're hosting a LIVE Facebook session July 8 (link to come) and July 29 (link to come). We've got someone to answer all your questions!

What does it mean to be a Water Watcher?

You may not be a lifeguard – but to your child you’re the next best thing. Become a Designated Water Watcher and keep your children safe this summer and all year round. 

As the designated Water Watcher:
  • I will watch the children in the pool and never leave them unattended.
  • I will regularly scan the bottom of the pool.
  • I will avoid poolside chats and talking on the phone.
  • I will keep a phone at the pool for emergency use only and know the address of the pool I am watching.
  • I will call 911 and follow advice to administer CPR if necessary.
  • I will locate and learn to use all pool safety equipment.

Is your community looking to host an event in 2020?

We invite local not-for-profit organizations, such as community groups and recreation associations to apply for up to $3,000 in funding to deliver community events that take place in local, geographic communities and neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa. 

Find out more about the Civic Events Funding Program. 

Register now for City After School Programs, now available for children ages 4 to 12

Registration is now open for After School Programs, and the great news is, the program is now available to 4 to 12 year olds! End the school day with fun! Get active with games and sports and be creative with arts and crafts. Some quiet time for homework, too. Make new friends when you join our Club. City of Ottawa is a registered HIGH FIVE® organization. We commit to healthy child development and safety for children's recreation programs. Choose quality for your kids! Looking for care before school? Check with your local facility today!

School’s out for summer! Now what?

Keep City of Ottawa day camps in mind as summer plans progress. Community and arts centres across the city offer fun, creative and enriching summer camps. There’s plenty of choice, from general interest camps that explore a variety of activities, to specialized sports, arts and leadership camps that will enhance the skills of the enthusiastic novice. With so many choices for kids of all ages, you can easily fill in the blanks on their summer fun calendar with a unique adventure close to home. Have a look at the full selection of summer camps.

Follow in french

On a related note, did you know that we have French programming at many of our recreation and cultural facilities all across the city? Want to know more? Follow us on our French Facebook page and don’t forget to subscribe to our French e-newsletter sent monthly straight to your inbox. Join now so you can be first to hear all the news!

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