Swim Instructor

Amherst, NY, USA Req #11326
Monday, September 19, 2022

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is looking for talented individuals with a passion for the YMCA mission and cause, an understanding of YMCA programs and services, and whose everyday priorities are a reflection of the core YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


Founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is the second-oldest YMCA in the United States and one of the oldest institutions in Western New York. As a charitable, community-based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves the Western New York community with six membership branches, two overnight camps, and over 50 program locations. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay - each year, more than 2,800 children and families benefit from our annual campaign, which provides over $1.4 million in financial aid to those who wish to participate in YMCA programs such as child care, summer camp, or membership.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.


Instructs YMCA swim lessons at the Independent Health Family Branch and the Ken-Ton Branch in a safe, enjoyable, and positive environment.  This is a part-time position.



Instructors will be scheduled to teach up to three classes per week, which are about one hour in duration.  Must be available to work evenings and weekends.



Complimentary YMCA Buffalo Niagara Family MasterKey Membership, discounted program fees, and an outstanding work environment.  Employees are immediately eligible to enroll and contribute to the Y Retirement Fund’s 403B plan and will receive a 12% employer paid Y Retirement contribution after eligibility requirements are met.


Other benefits include paid sick leave, leadership development opportunities, training, and career advancement.



  1. Conducts safe, effective, and fun swim lessons in accordance with the YMCA swim lesson program design.
  2. Knows and reviews all emergency procedures and assists in emergency situations. Provides aid to swimmers when necessary.
  3. Documents swim lesson skill achievement and attendance. Completes and distributes participant completion forms.
  4. Ensures proper usage and storage of instructional equipment.
  5. Is alert, friendly and responsive to participants, parents, and co-workers.
  6. Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.
  7. Follows department protocol to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces. Maintains the cleanliness and organization of program/work areas.
  8. Maintains required certifications and attends staff training sessions to practice skills and learn program standards.
  9. Performs other tasks as assigned.



  1. Must be at least 16 years old.
  2. Ability to swim in compliance with YMCA program standards.
  3. American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety & Health Institute BLS, First Aid, Oxygen Administration certifications.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively with all age groups.
  5. Ability to follow direction and enforce safety rules.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Hiring Rate $13.50
  • Job Start Date Monday, October 24, 2022
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