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Swim Instructor

 

 

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director and in accordance with the policies of the SKY Family YMCA, the Swim instructor will be responsible for planning, coordinating and teaching learn-to-swim and water safety courses

Essential Functions

  • Knowledge of American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim levels, other Red Cross water safety courses and effective use of course materials 
  • Able to adapt teaching approaches to the age, experience and ability of participants, to meet course objectives
  • Provide for the health and safety of participants, including ensuring that all teaching and practice areas are free of hazards, and that materials and equipment are safe
  • Cover all material required in a level
  • Communicate regularly with participants and their parents, as appropriate, to ensure they are aware of progress 
  • Recognize and respond effectively in emergencies in accordance with facility emergency action plans
  • Enforce all aquatic facility policies, rules and regulations
  • Complete records and reports
  • Participate in regular in-service training sessions
  • Complete additional duties as assigned by supervisor

Experience/Performance Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) 

  • Thorough knowledge and application of swimming and water safety skills
  • Thorough knowledge and application of teaching swimming and water safety skills
  • An understanding of facility characteristics, rules, policies and procedures
  • Leadership and public relations skills
  • Communication skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Successfully complete State of Florida Criminal History Background Check requirements as well as meet the YMCA's policies on background screening
  • Adhere to drug/alcohol/smoke free workplace policy  
  • Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness. 

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to remain alert.
  • Must be able to climb steps, sit or stand for extended periods and walk, bend, reach or kneel to reach equipment.
  • Requires full range of motion, including manual and finger dexterity and hand and eye coordination.
  • Requires corrected vision, speech, and hearing to normal range, or special accommodations made of sufficient nature for completion of assigned tasks.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue and follow up care.
  • Ability to work in an outdoor, wet environment in summer and winter temperatures.

Minimum Qualifications

(Current certification in the following is preferred)

  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • Other certifications required by local or state laws
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and First Aid
  • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer
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