Swim Instructor Job Description

Swim Instructor

The Swim Instructor is responsible for conducting swimming instruction that will ensure a safe, fun area for children and adults to interact and enjoy. This position may involve morning, evening, and weekend responsibilities. Schedule may include up to 6 hours per week teaching group lessons and a varied number of hours teaching private lessons.


Six months to one year of recreation, lifeguard, swim instructor, or water park experience; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required.


  • First Aid and CPR certification required (can provide on-site training)
  • Swim Instructor Certification required
  • YMCA Swim Instructor Certification preferred
  • YMCA Lifeguard Certification, or equivalent, preferred but not required


  • Teach aquatic skills
  • Follow prepared lesson plans
  • Maintain teaching equipment
  • Maintain supervision of participants
  • Distributes and collects program evaluations
  • Implement 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


The Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center, offers camping, education, & retreat services, as well as a on site fitness center. We are located on 365 acres of forested woodland and waterfront in Augusta, Michigan. Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center, located in southwestern MI (Augusta), delivers life-changing experiences through the discovery of the great outdoors, skill development and guidance in the importance of building healthy relationships.

Job Type: Part-time