Swim Instructor Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 12,842 Swim Instructor resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Swim Instructor Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Lesson Plans, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Swim Instructor Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Swim Instructor CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Swim Instructors, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on swim instructor resumes is lesson plans, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: group swim lessons. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a swim instructor.
Top Skills for a Swim Instructor
Source: Zippia.com
CPR, 4%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
How much work experience does the average swim instructor candidate have?
The average swim instructor resume contains 1.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your swim instructor skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from swim instructor resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Assistant Swim Coach

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Swim Instructor
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Psychology
  • Provided excellent assistance to Boys & Girls Club employees.
  • Ice Dogs and Special Ice Dogs (disabled children ages 9-14) High School Varsity Hockey and Lacrosse Marriotts Ridge High School
  • Coached girls volleyball * Tutored band students
  • Assisted in all coaching facets for very strong Women's Division III basketball team.
  • Organized and coached in three soccer clinics.
Swim Lesson Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Swim Instructor
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Certified in CPR Instructed 2-13 year olds in different swim strokes and diving
  • Trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED.
  • Teach life saving techniques: CPR, Rescue Breathing, Heimlich Maneuver.
  • Red Cross certified lifeguard, including CPR, blood borne pathogen safety and oxygen certified.
  • Helped to mentor the girls and inspire them to chance goals.
Swim Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Swim Instructor
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Journalism
  • Certified Swim Instructor Certified in CPR and First Aid
  • Rescue swimmers in danger of drowning, administer first aid and CPR.
  • Maintained CPR/AED and Lifeguarding certifications as required.
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid Cared and managed the pool
  • Certified Swim instructor Proper technique training CPR Certified
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Swim Instructor
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Education
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR & AACCA Cheerleading Safety and Risk Management *References furnished upon request
  • Certified Lifeguard, Current in CPR and First Aid, Swim Lesson Instructor
  • Certified in CPR and as a Lifeguard, with the responsibility to insure customer safety.
  • Obtained Lifeguarding, CPR, First aid, and AED licenses.
  • Certified in CPR/AED Oct. 2011 - present Certified in Administering Emergency Oxygen Oct. 2011 - present ACHIEVEMENTS/AWARDS
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As a swim instructor, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Swim Instructor roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of swim instructor resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Swim Instructor Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Swim Instructors. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Swim Instructors to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%