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YMCA of Greater Seattle Aquatics I - Swim Instructor in Kent, Washington


Join us at the NEW Kent YMCA!

We are now hiring for the Kent YMCA, under construction and scheduled to open in early September 2019. New employees for Kent will have the opportunity to start work right away at other YMCA locations including Newcastle, SeaTac and Auburn, or to onboard in July and start training in August for the September opening.

Job Summary

Our Y is looking for outgoing Swim Instructors who enjoy teaching children and adults new skills, helping them achieve goals and preparing them for future success. In this role you will teach children and adults water acclimation and safety, water movement and stamina, and stroke development and mechanics. Each year our Y’s teach thousands of people to swim and enjoy the water as a form of play and life-long exercise.


  1. Instructs swimming lessons as assigned in accordance with YMCA guidelines.

  2. Assists with maintaining safe swimming conditions in the pool, on deck and surrounding areas.

  3. Develops positive relationships with participants and parents encouraging involvement and identifying potential volunteers.

  4. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.

  5. Follows all YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Responds to emergency situations as needed. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.

  6. Organizes and puts away needed class equipment. Reports damaged equipment.

  7. Conveys basic information on YMCA programs and schedules to members and, as appropriate, refers members to other YMCA Total Health programs and/or staff.

  8. Other duties as assigned.

Who are you?

If you're the right candidate for the job, you love teaching the joy of swimming to children and adults; you find satisfaction in helping others to learn and succeed; can command a class of 3 – 6 children through swim instruction; enjoy a fast-paced environment, and have the flexibility to teach multiple levels of instruction. You keep the safety of participants at the forefront of your work while teaching participants to thrive in an aquatic environment.


You are 16 years of age or older and have:

  • Current state approved first-aid certification

    • Current state approved community CPR certification, or equivalent
    • YMCA Swim Leader certification or equivalent
    • 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 teach skills to others

  • Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

  • 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!

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

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. As an employee you also recieve a YMCA membership.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.

Pool, Beach, Lifeguard, Life, Guard, Aquatics

ID 2019-8265

Type Regular Part-Time

# of Openings 10

Location Kent YMCA

Category Aquatics

Address 10828 SE 248th St