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Swim Instructor

YMCA, Don M. & Margaret Hilliker
Job Description


Teaches progressive aquatic skills in a safe, enjoyable, and positive environment that promotes member wellness and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following, other duties may be assigned:

  1. Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions.

  2. Leads energizing, fun, safe, and educational classes, as directed by supervisor, to accomplish the YMCA mission and goals.  Classes are taught according to the progression detailed in the swim lesson skill level sheets.

  3. Ensures participant safety during program by educating about, and enforcing safety rules and  maintaining class control.

  4. Openly communicates with participants and their parents to support them in achieving their goals related to healthy living;  appraises students and their parents of strengths, accomplishments and areas for improvement/skill progression.  

  5. Builds effective, authentic relationships with members; helps members connect with each other and the YMCA; implements “3 minutes” in every class.

  6. Keeps accurate class attendance and skill evaluation records.

  7. Follows YMCA policies and procedures; responds to emergency situations and participates in drills and procedures to the highest level of training permitted.



Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Ys values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.



  1. Passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.

  2. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

  1. Must be at least 16 years of age and be able to swim; high school diploma and teaching experience preferred.

  2. American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, AED, Emergency Oxygen Administration certification must be obtained within the first 60 days of employment.

  3. Must obtain YMCA Swim Lesson (YSL) instructor certification within one year of hire; all certifications must be kept current during employment.  



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, and depth perception.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions (exposure to outside weather is frequent if working at an outdoor pool).  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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