Provides direct leadership, instruction and motivation for students in swimming classes.
Safety is priority! Be in constant supervision of everything going in your class.
Prepare in advance well thought out, organized Session Plans & Daily Lesson Plans to facilitate your classes.
Lessons should follow a logical progression, allowing for various teaching methods & styles to be used; from teacher oriented towards student oriented. Always keep a copy of up-to-date plans at the pool in case you are absent.
Teach with enthusiasm.
Lead your class/group within the guidelines established by the YMCA of the USA’s swim lesson programs.
Foster an environment in which YMCA core character traits are taught.
Complete the Fundamentals of Teaching YMCA Swim Lessons certification course to build a strong foundation and understanding of the YMCA Swim Lesson Program.
Rehearse Emergency Action Plans through regular attendance to in-service.
Completely clear the pool after each class to be ready for the next class and program.
Be attentive to connect with participants and their parents with a friendly greeting and a warm good- bye. Check your roster and swimmer skills sheets each class day.
Maintain good records. Roll sheets must be turned in at the end of each session.
Prepare in advance swimmer certificates to be handed out at the end of each session. This is a good time to communicate a child’s progress with her parents.
.Be ready and willing to serve in other areas as needed
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.
Ability to instruct and observe participants in proper stroke techniques.
Ability to lift equipment, and to lift a small to average size child.
Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid certification and Emergency Oxygen.
Must be able to demonstrate swim instructor skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
YMCA Swim Instructor certification, or equivalent.