Swim Instructor

YMCA of Northern Michigan
Job Description
Position Title: Swim Instructor
Reports To: Executive Director
Department: Aquatics
Classification: Part-time, Non-Exempt
Provides direct leadership, instruction, and motivation for students and Instructors for swimming classes in a safe and secure environment.

  • Instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly
  • Builds effective, authentic relationships with students and parents; helps them connect with each other and the YMCA. Encourages parent involvement and identifies potential volunteers
  • Conveys information on aquatics programs and schedules and as appropriate refers students and parents to other programs
  • Maintains records as required (i.e. attendance, progress reports, etc.)
  • Attends staff meetings and training's as scheduled
  • Follows all YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.
  • Organizes and puts away needed class equipment. Reports damaged equipment
  • Trains and supervises class aides as assigned
Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s 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.

  • Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid certification and Emergency Oxygen.
  • Must be able to demonstrate swim instructor skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
  • YMCA Swim Instructor certification, or equivalent.
  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Ability to maintain certification and level of physical and mental readiness
  • Various YMCA training modules will be required and provided by the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA after hire.
  • Must pass background check and complete new employee orientation
  • Possesses and demonstrates a strong understanding of the YMCA and its purpose, mission and values
  • Must be detail oriented, accurate, and have strong communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Positive attitude with excellent communication and time management skills.
  • Must be receptive to training and learning and willing to grow in the position
  • Hot, humid environment
  • Long periods of submersion in water
  • Ability to work in a faced paced environment
  • Ability to work in stressful situation and multitask
  • Ability to instruct and observe participants in proper stroke techniques
  • Ability to lift equipment, and to lift a small to average size child
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