Swim Lesson Instructor

Passionate about teaching?  Have a love for the water?  Want to be a part of a healthy and positive community?  This may be the job for you!
Job Description

Wages start at $20 an hour and can go up to $39 an hour! 

Make an impact: In this position you will: provide skill-based swim and water safety instruction to people of all ages; maintain constant supervision of students to ensure safety; create positive, nurturing relationships with students and builds cooperative relationships with parents and caregivers; promote and support the potential of all students in program; facilitate peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall program experience.

 Learn, Grow and Serve: We’re committed to growing the capabilities of our people. We are devoted to a community where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring. We are on a mission to create positive community change through relationships by empowering the mind, body and spirit of ALL! Above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger. 


Candidates must have strong swimming skills (see below) and experience working with children.

Swim Instructor candidates will be evaluated on the following swimming skills:

  • 25 yards front crawl
  • 25 yards back crawl
  • 25 yards breaststroke
  • 25 yards sidestroke
  • 25 yards butterfly
  • 25 yards elementary backstroke
  • 2 minutes of treading water, demonstrating proficiency in eggbeater, whip, and scissor kicks

Candidates are required to attend, and pass, a CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Administering Emergency Oxygen course on Sunday, June 2nd. Swim Instructors are required to attend, and pass, a YMCA Swim Lessons Instructor certification course June 16th-17th.

Essential Functions

This position is for you, if you can:

  • Provide swimming and water safety instruction to students of all ages and abilities in group and private settings
  • Plan and implements program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate, and consistent with YMCA values
  • Prepare written lesson plan in accordance with YMCA Swim Lessons curriculum
  • Complete student records and progress reports comprehensively and punctually
  • Help to create new approaches to serve the needs of program participants
  • Adhere to program standards, including safety and cleanliness standards, and ensures consistency with evidence-based practices
  • Model safe behavior in and around the water, know and perform necessary duties in emergency situations
  • Maintain constant supervision of students, identify students who need assistance, and support students as necessary to ensure a positive learning environment
  • Provide effective communication with students, parents and co-workers
  • Maintain positive relationships with parents and caregivers and other staff, model relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions
  • Demonstrate ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  • Demonstrate ability to be motivators in the areas of self-awareness and self-confidence through aquatics