Swim Lesson Instructors

Company: YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES ( Learn More )

General Information
US-IA-Des Moines
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Job Description

There's nothing like working at the Y!  We're here to make kids feel welcome, try new things and make new friends.  We help kids grow and show them all they can accomplish when they believe in themselves. 

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Our staff members are people who drive this cause – it is because of our drive, our passion, our belief in others, and our belief in the strength of our mission that we are able to make a difference – every day. 

As a Swim Lesson Instructor, you will have the opportunity to provide direct leadership, instruction and motivation for students in swimming classes and programs. You will teach the swimmers self-awareness and self-confidence through swimming and aquatics. The students will learn, grow and thrive through your instruction, coaching and through social interaction. EVERY position positively impacts others at the Y - JOIN US, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Help positively impact children and families in our community and SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT YOUR OWN LIFE - experience, knowledge, satisfaction and joy are just some of the ways you'll grown, learn and thrive this summer. 

We have many locations that have the Swim Lesson Instructor position. Once on our website, click on Career Opportunities, and then type in "Swim Lesson Instructor" in the search area.

Apply online and begin your life changing Y journey TODAY!


  1. Instruct swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly.
  2. Build effective, authentic relationships with students and parents; help them connect with each other and the YMCA. Encourage parent involvement and identify potential volunteers.
  3. Convey information on aquatics programs and schedules and, as appropriate, refer students and parents to other programs.
  4. Maintain attendance and skill accomplishment records for each participant.
  5. Maintain teaching equipment and conduct routine checks to ensure participant safety. Organize and pus away needed class equipment. Report any damaged equipment.
  6. Maintain surveillance of participants and know their location at all times.
  7. Follow all YMCA policies, rules, regulations, and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Complete incident and accident reports as necessary.
  8. Know location of emergency equipment.
  9. Attend staff meetings and swim instructors in-services as scheduled.
  10. Train and supervise class aides as assigned.
  11. Represent the YMCA as a Leader of Aquatics Safety committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all.
  12. Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor or designated staff person.
  13. Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Association as embodied in the mission statement and values.

Job Requirements


  1. Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical functions
  2. Must be at least 16 years of age (Trainings/certifications below are offered in the YMCA Training Program)
  3. American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications approved by the YMCA
  4. American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA
  5. Y Leaders Orientation Session
  6. Y Emergency Procedures Training


  1. Ability to demonstrate all skills required to teach participants both in and out of the water
  2. Ability to communicate professionally with parents, children, swim instructors and others regardless of their temperament
  3. Attend trainings and/or courses as required by the YMCA
  4. Continually update skills through quarterly in-services or other trainings and resources


While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, walk, crouch, stoop, crawl, use their hands and fingers to handle or feel, reach with arms and hands and lift up to ten pounds of weight. Vision abilities required by this job includes close and distance vision. Visual, auditory and verbal ability is required to communicate effectively with people and monitor property and activity.



The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. This position usually works in an indoor aquatics environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces.