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Swim Instructor

Company: YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:


Guiding Principles describe our behaviors to support our organization's work throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in goals, strategies, and leadership. Our Guiding Principles are as follows: We CULTIVATE-We grow staff and volunteer leaders who will be stewards of the Y mission, resources, and opportunities. We OWN-We think long-term and act on behalf of the organization, beyond our own team. We WELCOME-We are inclusive of all people and all communities. We SERVE-We provide timely and excellent service to members, volunteers, community, and each other. We LEARN-We are never done learning and always seek to improve. We are curious about new possibilities and act to explore them. We UNITE-We work together to achieve big goals and speak as one voice. We RESPECT-We treat others with kindness and speak positively about other people in all situations. We PLAY-We celebrate, appreciate, and have fun!

The YMCA of Great Grand Rapids utilizes a Membership By Design framework, which is a member involvement and community building model for YMCAs across the country. All staff members-front-line, management, full- and part-time-and volunteers have a role to play in member engagement. These responsibilities can be broken into six steps:

Enrollment: Staff and volunteers encourage potential members to enroll in programs and activities that meet their needs.

Satisfaction: Staff and volunteers ask members continually about their satisfaction with a program or activity, track responses, listen to suggestions, and respond promptly in a manner consistent with the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Relationship Building: Staff and volunteers are open, friendly, and approachable to all YMCA members and participants. Staff and volunteers initiate interaction with and between members.

Education and Conversion: Staff and volunteers know about and share their knowledge of the YMCA, its programs, its policies, its mission, its values, and how it benefits members and the community.

Volunteerism and Leadership: Staff and volunteers create opportunities for members to volunteer in their areas of interest, and they ask members to do so whenever appropriate.

Ownership: Staff and volunteers encourage members to own the YMCA, using words such as we, us, and our association (and actions that match those words) to include members as well as staff and volunteers.


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 offers flexible hours.


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.


$12.27 - $15.33 hr; Part-Time; Non-Exempt (up to 25hrs/week)

Free YMCA membership provided!


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.


Swim Instructor Certification required

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for rescue (required)

YMCA Swim Instructor Certification preferred

YMCA Lifeguard Certification, or equivalent, preferred

First Aid Certification required within the first 60 days

AED-Oxygen Certification required within the first 60 days

Blood Borne Pathogen training

State of Michigan criminal background clearance (ICHAT)


Functional Expertise

Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Uses best practices, guidelines, and industry standards as a framework to improve performance.


Embraces all dimensions of diversity (i.e., ability, age, culture, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, income, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc.) by treating all people with dignity, compassion, and respect.

Creates a safe environment in which others feel welcome and respected.


The work environment and 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.

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence.

Ability to add annd 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee will regularly be required to swim and/or swim while supporting up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud, in an echoing environment.


0-5% of local travel within the state of Michigan; occasional out-of-state travel may be required for educational conferences or training.



Keywords: YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids , Swim Instructor, Education / Teaching , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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