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Private Swim Instructor at South Asheville YMCA

Job Details

South Asheville - Reuter Family YMCA - Asheville, NC
Part-time Hourly
Not Specified
Hours Vary



$250 Bonus on first paycheck for new hire lifeguards and swim instructors if hired by June 15th!


  • SWIM INSTRUCTORS - Work an average of 15 hours per week 6/15-8/18 and receive a $500 end of summer bonus!
  • LIFEGUARDS - Work an average of 25 hours per week 6/15-8/18 – and receive a $750 end of summer bonus!
  • COMBO LIFEGUARD/SWIM INSTRUCTOR STAFF - Work an average of 30 hours per week 6/15-8/18 and receive a $1250 end of summer bonus! 


The Private Swim Instructor position brings a minimum of 6 months of experience in aquatic programming and provides direct leadership, instruction, and motivation for students in swimming classes of all ages and abilities. Provides exceptional customer service to promote aquatics programs and the YMCA. The Y is a leading nonprofit for strengthening the community and the nation’s largest provider of swim lessons to increase skills related to Safety Around Water.


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: We are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: We value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: We believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: We support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: Above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  • Instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly.
  • Builds effective, authentic relationships with students and parents; helps them connect with each other and the YMCA. Encourages parent involvement and identifies potential volunteers.
  • Provides exceptional customer service to promote the aquatics program and the YMCA.
  • Conveys information on aquatics programs and schedules and, as appropriate, refers students and parents to other programs.
  • Ensure the safety of each swim lesson class participant at all times.
  • Maintain accurate participant records for each session that include attendance and skill progress for each participant.
  • Attend all staff meetings and trainings as scheduled.
  • Follows all YMCA policies, rules, regulations, and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Completes incident and accident reports as needed.
  • Organizes and puts away needed class equipment. Reports damaged equipment to the aquatics leadership.
  • Trains and supervises class aides as needed.
  • Initiate communications with the Aquatics Director as necessary concerning program problems, personal conflicts, and member concerns.
  • Perform all other duties as required by the Aquatics Director.


  • Minimum of 6 months experience in aquatic programming
  • Remain alert without lapses in consciousness.
  • Assist the lifeguard and other personnel in emergency situations.
  • Physically perform all necessary rescue and survival skills.
  • Quickly and safely move to various locations in and around the pool area.
  • Communicate verbally with good voice projection and clarity.
  • Hear noises and distress signals in an aquatic environment. (Significant background noise may exist in the aquatic environment.)
  • Must be 15 years of age or older, preferably with previous swim instructing experience.
  • Must successfully complete the following certifications within their first 60 days:
    • Accredited Swim Lesson Instructor (YMCA, ARC, or equivalent)
    • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
    • Standard First Aid
    • Emergency Oxygen Administration – O2
    • Automated External Defibrillation – AED
    • Be the Brand training (within 60 days)
    • Darkness to Light (within 60 days)


  • Free individual membership to all YMCA of WNC locations
  • Discounted membership for household members
  • Discounted program fees (swim lessons, youth sports, summer camp and more)
  • Start a 403(b) smart savings account on day one of employment (optional) and begin eligibility for YMCA retirement plan
  • Professional development opportunities through local and Y-USA trainings

The YMCA of WNC does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, faith, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.

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