Swim Instructor I
Evanston, IL Aquatics
Job Type

This position contributes to the creation of a warm and welcoming environment for a diverse community of swimmers and is responsible for teaching swim lessons and assisting with the operation of the learn-to-swim program of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Flying Fish Aquatics Program.

Essential Duties:

Instruction in Learn-To-Swim Program:

  • Teaches swim lessons daily for all ages and levels
  • Helps instruct community groups that come in for swim lessons
  • Monitors/lifeguards and helps evaluate classes when not instructing
  • Assists in ensuring the safety of patrons by preventing and responding to emergencies in the pool area



  • Responsible for ensuring the safety of patrons by preventing and responding to emergencies in the pool area

Other Duties:

  •          Understands and follows all appropriate Illinois and National safety procedures and policies
  •          Understands and adheres to all YWCA Evanston/North Shore procedures and policies as well as the YWCA employee handbook.
  •          Back up/assist other instructors and lifeguards when necessary
  •          Other duties as assigned by management


Education: Some High School or equivalent basic skills

Work Experience: Prior work experience not required.


General knowledge of swimming and youth development at many ages and levels – toddlers through pre-teen.  Understanding of the program’s educational and swimming philosophy 

Preferred Certifications:

American Red Cross Lifeguarding, 1st Aid, CPR 

  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with clients
  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperative attitude, team player
  • Strong service orientation
  • Tact and discretion

Physical Demands:

  • Thorough understanding and ability to demonstrate various swimming skills and teaching progressions for various ages and levels
  • Regularly required to sit and stand and be in water for lengthy periods of time
  • Occasionally required to push, pull, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to perform rescues which may require lifting/helping remove 150 plus pounds out of the water