Job Description

The Los Altos Family YMCA is looking for Part time Swim Instructors. Swim Instructors are responsible for maintaining safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas by creating a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Must have current Swim Instructor Certification.  

Part time positions available. Hours range from 2 -8pm (evening 3-7 preferred) and weekend hours. Must be able and willing to work  Monday-Thursday.

Responsibilities will include:

Swim Instructors

  1. Ensure a safe swimming environment for all participants.
  2. Prepare for and teach all assigned classes. The use of lesson plans, session plans and evaluation sheets may be necessary.
  3. Ensure scheduled shift is covered at all times.
  4. Test and evaluate students at east twice during the swim session. With supervisor assistance, issue progress reports to all students. 
  5. Must be suited, on deck and ready to perform all duties during assigned shift.
  6. Follow and enforce safety standards, policies and procedures.
  7. Attend all staff meetings, trainings and other YMCA functions as required by Supervisor.
  8. Maintain open lines of communication with participant, coaches, referee, staff and supervisor.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.
  10. Knows/reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Completes related reports as required.


YMCA Competencies (Leader):

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.

We are looking for Swim Instructors who demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Building rapport and relating to the students and parents is important. The YMCA staff strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members and participants. We embrace new approaches and  ideas to create a better experience for our members and participants. If this sounds like a good fit for you please apply for this position.

The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Skills / Requirements

    1. Must be at least 16 years of age, over 18 years of age preferred.
    2. Current certification for: Required to have Swim Instructor Certification, First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and AED (Red Cross or YMCA). Emergency Oxygen is preferred. Certifications must be maintained and kept in current status.  Water Safety Instructor (Red Cross) or Fundamentals of Teaching YMCA Swim Lessons preferred.
    3. Public relations skills and/or experience working with a diverse population desired.
    4. One or more years of experience teaching swimming lessons in an aquatics facility.
    5. Criminal Fingerprint clearance, Health Screening with Negative TB and Negative Drug test screening.  
    6. Complete Online New Employee Orientation/Child Abuse Prevention training.

    Working Conditions:

    Environmental Factors: Indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. childcare and recreational sites); exposure to heat, cold, potentially hazardous chemicals, toxic materials; work on slippery or uneven surfaces. Noise level is usually moderate.

    Physical Demands: 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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.