• Swim Instructor (Part Time)

    YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
    Job Description

    The Swim Instructor is responsible for conducting swimming instruction using the National Aquatic YMCA Programs. The Swim Instructor will ensure a safe, fun area for children and adults to interact and enjoy. This position may involve early morning, evening, and weekend responsibilities.


    We are hiring Swim Instructors at several locations including Spartan Stores YMCA, Mary Free Bed YMCA, Visser YMCA, and David D. Hunting YMCA. Available shifts include 9:00am - 12:00pm and 4:00pm - 7:00pm Monday through Saturday. 



    Six months to one year of recreation, lifeguard, swim instructor, or water park experience; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required. Ability to interact with people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles. Ability to demonstrate aquatic skills. Ability to react quickly to emergency situations. At least sixteen years of age or older. YMCA experience preferred.



    First Aid and CPR certification required

    Swim Instructor Certification required

    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for rescue preferred

    YMCA Swim Instructor Certification preferred

    YMCA Lifeguard Certification, or equivalent, preferred



    • Teaches aquatic skills
    • Follows prepared lesson plans
    • Maintains teaching equipment
    • Maintains supervision of participants
    • Distributes and collects program evaluations
    • Implements Character Development in all programs
    • Handles parent/member complaints
    • Maintains all areas in clean, presentable fashion
    • Maintains pool and deck equipment
    • Enforces safety standards
    • Follows emergency procedures
    • Ensures State of Michigan’s Department of Health requirements are met


    Performs any other functions necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Association. 



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or scheduled form.



    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.

    $12/hr; Part Time (up to 25 hours) 
    Free YMCA Individual Membership included for all Y employees! 

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