YMCA of Greater Seattle

Swim Instructor Full-Time

1 month ago
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Coal Creek Family YMCA
13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road
USD $14.00/Hr.
USD $17.50/Hr.


Who are we?

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of men, women and children with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout King and south Snohomish counties to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace, and beyond.

  • 13 branches
  • 2 overnight camps
  • 10 swimming pools
  • More than 200 program sites

Where you’ll work…


You’ll work in our membership facility that offers programs ranging from health and wellness, to family programs, to child care, to aquatics (access is a staff benefit - swim a few laps before work, take a yoga class, do some laps on the track before you go home, if you like!).       


If this sounds like an organization you'd like to work for, read on.



What you’ll be doing…

We are looking for trustworthy leaders who want to make positive connections with our members and program participants in this multifaceted role. As the Aquatics Specialist you will be the one lending a hand in all aspects of the aquatics programs, acting as a leader for the team while splitting your time between coordinating programs, supervising staff, serving as lifeguard, swim instructor, and/or water fitness instructor (depending on facility). While in ratio as a lifeguard you will set the tone for a safe environment for kids and families, playing a key role in ensuring safety standards are met. When working as a swim instructor you will teach children and adults water acclimation and safety, water movement and stamina, and stroke development and mechanics. In your role as a water fitness instructor you will lead water fitness classes, developing positive relationships with class members providing motivational support and guidance. Overall as the Aquatics Specialist you will be the dynamic key player stepping in and helping the aquatics team consistently provide quality programing to our community.


Who are you?

If you're the right candidate for the job, you would consider yourself a jack of all trades when it comes to aquatics and have the ability to transition seamlessly between roles when given multiple work responsibilities. You have experience supervising staff, are flexible, reliable and have a strong work ethic. You are a certified lifeguard and you love teaching the joy of swimming to children and adults. You are a natural leader and have strong communication skills, thrive on serving kids and families and can step up to offer support at the first sign it's needed. You keep the safety of participants at the forefront of your work while teaching participants and leading fellow aquatics team members to thrive in an aquatic environment. Expect to commit to a regular schedule for each swim lesson session. Options include Monday and Wednesday evenings, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Friday evenings, or Saturday mornings.


You are 18 years of age or older and have:

  • 6 months+ of lifeguarding experience.
  • Current state approved first-aid certification. *
  • Current state approved CPR certification – Pro or Basic Life Support. *
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer*
  • Swim leader or instructor certification, or equivalent.*
  • Lifeguard certification – YMCA or Red Cross. *
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle scanning training or equivalent*
  • YMCA certification or equivalent in area of specialty (i.e. SCUBA, synchronized swimming). *
  • Demonstrated knowledge of specialized aquatic skill area and ability to implement and teach these skills in a positive, healthy manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist children and others in the development of swimming skills
  • Ability to lift equipment, and to lift a small to average size child
  • Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.
  • Water Fitness Instructor or equivalent (in some facilities). *
  • Ability to demonstrate proper water fitness techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fitness protocol.
  • Must be observant and able to react calmly, quickly and with good judgment in an emergency.


*We can facilitate the process of you getting certified if you don’t have the required certifications yet. Please still apply if you are interested!


You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y and Aquatics Team if you:

  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment
  • Are very adaptable
  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic
  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet
  • Truly enjoy being of service to people
  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together
  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for allThe YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace.


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