Swim Instructor


Under the direction of the Aquatic Director or assigned supervisor, the Private Swim Instructor will assure the safety, well-being and enjoyment of assigned participant(s) in his/her class. The Instructor is responsible for teaching the strokes by instructing, demonstrating, and correcting the individual so they may learn to the best of their ability. Swim instructors should make and keep swimming a fun activity, while bearing in mind that safety can never be compromised. Private Swim Instructors will be responsible for following all YMCA swim instruction guidelines and program objectives.



1. Ensure all health and safety guidelines are strictly adhered to.

2. Review the binder to ensure the lesson receipt is in the binder.

3. Take accurate attendance and address participants by name, making every effort to know each person’s name as quickly as possible.

4. Present a positive, friendly, confident attitude, and always use a coaching and mentoring teaching style with an emphasis on self-development and skill building.

5. Arrive at the assigned time, dressed in appropriate swim attire.

6. Ensure all teaching equipment needed is pool side prior to lesson starting. At the conclusion of the class, all equipment is returned to the proper place.

7. Teach in a professional, courteous manner, always remaining engaged and attentive to participant(s).

8. Respect all pool rules, ensure participants understand pool rules.

9. Have a complete and thorough understanding of subject matter with an ability to teach, model, demonstrate and redirect swim stroke, techniques and mechanics to ensure participants are making forward progress in the lessons.

10. Refer to teaching guides or supervisor to ensure lessons are being presented within the YMCA guidelines.

11. Communicate with supervisor well in advance when there is a schedule conflict or as soon as possible if you are unable to teach.

12. Ensure all safety practices are being enforced and report any hazards to your supervisor immediately.

13. Remain with participant(s) until the end of the session, never leaving the teaching area until the conclusion of class.

14. Ensure participant(s) exit the pool appropriately.

15. Participate in all staff meetings, in-services, and trainings as assigned by supervisor or YMCA.

16. Follow all pool, safety, and child abuse prevention rules and guidelines.

17. Accurately record time worked utilizing the assigned time-management system.

18. Report any discrepancies in payroll immediately to your supervisor or the Aquatic Director.



· Minimum of 16 years of age

· Must have extensive swim experience and a refined knowledge of all stroke techniques

· Must have an ability to communicate both verbally and in writing

· Must be approved as a Private Swim Instructor by the Aquatic Director or assigned staff

· CPR and First Aid Certification is highly recommended



Ability to lift, stand, walk, bend, reach, pull, push, concentration, attention and focus, ability to communicate and listen, average to warm in-door and out-door pool heat and humidity, nights, weekend hours may be required.


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