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Become A Swim Instructor

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Working As A Swim Instructor

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $19,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Swim Instructor Do At University of Denver

* Maintain a safe environment for participants and parents.
* Instruct swimming skills in group and private settings to participants of all ages and abilities.
* Evaluate program participants according to DU Learn to Swim standards.
* Adapt teaching approaches to the experience, ability and culture of Learn to Swim participants so they can meet lesson objectives.
* Complete and submit program and participant progress reports as required.
* Communicate with parents and/or participants regarding participant's progress and how they may be able to assist in the participant's progress.
* Provide excellent customer service to all Ritchie Center guests

What Does A Swim Instructor Do At Centegra Health Systems

* Individuals should be serious in their attitude toward their job responsibilities and have aptitude for thinking clearly in emergency situations.
* Responsible for safety of all program participants in and about the pool area.
* Must prepare for and teach lessons that adhere with the American Red Cross guidelines.
* Lesson plans required.
* Responsible for testing and evaluating students at least once during the session.
* Must attend and be responsible for the information at any staff meetings and in-service trainings.
* Responsible for issuing a properly completed progress report to each student on the last class day of the session.
* Accept responsibility for any duties as assigned by the Aquatic Manager

What Does A Swim Instructor Do At YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

* Effectively implements YMCA swim curricula for various levels and populations depending on class needs as outlined by the standards of the YMCA.
* Prepares progressive lesson plans to enhance the experience of program participants.
* Prepares reports and maintains records, including attendance records, skills sheets, progress reports, etc.
* Enforces aquatic rules and policies by maintaining constant surveillance of class participants.
* Acts as a primary responder in case of injury, accident, or illness in pool area and provides backup to lifeguards as needed in emergencies and crowd control.
* Reports injuries and completes required forms.
* Sets up facility or equipment, and stores equipment upon completion of class.
* Immediately notifies supervisor of any broken equipment or unsafe aspects of the pool.
* Attends all in-service trainings and staff meetings as scheduled by supervisor or center leadership.
* Maintains job-related certifications and documents completion of certifications in the HR information system
* Supports the mission and vision of the YMCA as assigned
* Provides leadership to other team members (Level 3)
* Child Abuse Prevention:
* Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
* Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
* Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
* Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor

What Does A Swim Instructor Do At Boston University

* Arrive to work on time and be in uniform ready to work by the start of each shift.
* Teach classes according to the curriculum dictated by the BU FitRec Swim School.
* Be in assigned teaching stations 5 minutes before every class ready to teach.
* Wear the BU FitRec Swim School uniform at all times while teaching.
* Create a warm, friendly, and safe environment for all classes.
* Greet all students everyday as they arrive for class.
* Ensure all students present are currently registered for that class.
* Evaluate each student’s progress every class and keep record of skills they’ve accomplished on the skill sheets provided by management.
* Maintain direct and clear communication with the Swim School Supervisor about each student’s progress.
* Ensure the teaching station is appropriately stocked before each class starts.
* Assist the Swim School Supervisor with pool setups and tear downs.
* Render first aid and CPR within the scope of your training.
* Attend all mandatory trainings or staff meetings as scheduled.
* Understand and honor BU FitRec’s mission, core values, and customer service standards inside and outside of the Aquatics Center.
* Understand safety and emergency preparedness procedures for the BU FitRec Aquatics Department.
* Perform additional duties as needed.
* Required Skills

What Does A Swim Instructor Do At City Colleges of Chicago

* Instructs swimming lessons and aquatics events
* Creates an educational, safe and inviting experience for all students.
* Provides rapid response to lifesaving swim rescue and basic first aid treatment and CPR/AED administration if required.
* Initiates, develops and maintains positive relationships with students.
* Quickly and efficiently responds to member questions, comments, and concerns.
* Provides a safe, clean and organized pool area.
* Promotes and sells all aquatics programs and services.
* Responds to member questions regarding Wilbur Wright’s programs, policies and procedures.
* Maintains order and safety in swimming areas and assists in enforcing pool policies.
* High school diploma or GED, Associates preferred
* Current CPR/AED required
* Current Water Safety Instructor Certification required, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification preferred
* Current Lifeguard and First Aid Certification required
* Swim instructor must be in good physical and mental condition to provide life saving services.
* Swim lesson instruction or coaching experience preferred
* One-year customer service preferred
* Ability to swim the major strokes of Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly
* Excellent customer service skills, energetic, enthusiastic, and motivational
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* Ability to build relationship with members of all ages
* Comfortable working with all age groups, including children
* Ability to handle and resolve conflicts in a professional, tactful manner
* Ability to tolerate loud noises
* Ability to multi-task and learn quickly
* Ability to acknowledge difficult situations and respond accordingly
* Self-starter, reliable, responsible and dedicated
* Ability to exercise independent judgement and respond calmly to high-pressure emergency situations.
* We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Portuguese

  • Dutch

  • Greek

  • Swedish

  • Hebrew

  • Vietnamese

  • Danish

  • Bulgarian

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Top Swim Instructor Skills

  1. Weekly Lesson Plans
  2. Group Swim Lessons
  3. Lifeguard
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Plan and effectively organize class time accomplished through weekly lesson plans.
  • Instructed normal and atypically developing children and adults in private and group swim lessons.
  • Performed all tasks of a lifeguard and helped swimmers in case of any mishaps.
  • Teach children ages 3 -12 swim techniques and more advanced methods of swimming, stroke technique and proper safety.
  • Display courteous and professional behavior and customer service toward all patrons, and fellow employees.

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