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2400 Grant RoadMountain View, CA 94040


General Function: Under the direction of the Aquatic Director, this position will:

  • Assist in instructing the YMCA SAW swim lesson program.
  • Provide an atmosphere of safety, high quality instruction, fun and fellowship.
  • Incorporate asset development objectives in all lessons.
  • Exemplify the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
  • Provide exceptional member service at all times.

Qualifications: (know how & certifications)

  • A commitment to the YMCA mission and its core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring as well as a commitment to building developmental assets in youth. Value diversity, youth, and have a broad vision of health and wellness that is enhanced by relationship building.
  • Minimum age of 15 years old.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to create and maintain positive relationships and work with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work enthusiastically within constantly changing priorities.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, think in the abstract, solve problems make decisions, evaluate and handle conflicts in a timely and professional manner.
  • Enforce YMCA policies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The SAW Swim Lessons Volunteer will assist the Swim Lesson Instructor in the following:

  • Learn your swimmers names in all classes.
  • Orientate students to the pool area and pool rules.
  • Be prepared for lessons by setting up equipment and reviewing session or lesson plans per facility requirements.
  • Effectively demonstrate and convey knowledge to each student.
  • All instruction is carried out with honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility.
  • Clean-up equipment after swim lessons unless told otherwise by your supervisor or lead.
  • Turn all paperwork in on time, and filled out completely. Progress reports are due the fourth day of class, report cards and rosters are due the eighth day (last day) of class. Progress reports and report cards will be worked on during the 15 minute preparation time.
  • Never turn your back on your class. Always have visual contact of all your students.
  • Always keep your class under control and ensure safety rules are enforced at all times.
  • Additional paperwork may need to be completed per programming.
  • Communicate effectively with parents daily.
  • Exhibit a style of work that includes a positive attitude, cooperation, patience, flexibility, and self-motivation.

Additional Information:

  • It may be necessary to perform other duties as assigned.
  • This position is considered to have a supervisory or disciplinary relationship over minors.
  • Some responsibilities require you to be on-site prior to the start of the scheduled event in order to prepare for the event. Your supervisor will inform you if you are required to be on-site prior to a scheduled event.

Work Environment:

To perform this job successfully a volunteer must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications and duties listed above, and the physical demands of the position listed here, are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a volunteer with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

The physical demands of the position include:

  • Visual and auditory ability to observe and to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency situation.
  • Ability to lead and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills.
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Ability to climb, push, and pull.
  • Ability to lift and carry objects up to 20 pounds.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. It is understood that the volunteer will also perform other duties if requested by the immediate supervisor and/or Executive Director. Job descriptions are reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary.


  • Swimming
  • Water Recreation

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies

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