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Swim Instructor (Per Diem)

Apply now Job no: 501706
Work type: Part-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Enrollment Management and Student Success

Job Summary

Swim Instructors are responsible for teaching a variety of swim classes in a variety of levels to Drexel students, staff, and community members. They are responsible for providing a safe, fun and inclusive environment for all members.

Essential Functions

  • Provide swim lessons to individuals of all ages and levels of the Drexel and campus community.
  • Create a welcome, safe, and inclusive environment for all individuals.
  • Enforces all pool policies and procedures while creating a welcome environment.
  • Begin and end lessons on time, remain after to answer questions as needed.
  • Disburse and clean up lesson-related equipment.
  • Educate participants on proper technique and promote water safety.
  • Teach lessons with encouragement and positive reinforcement.
  • Recognize and respond to emergencies in accordance with the emergency action plan.
  • Submit and maintain proper paperwork in a timely manner, including weekly swim lesson statistics.
  • Maintain appropriate dress as required.  
  • Prevent injuries by eliminating hazardous situations and behaviors.
  • Create a welcome, safe, and inclusive environment for all individuals.
  • Attend bi-annual All Staff Training and in-service trainings each term.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Coordinator, Aquatics.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience as a swim instructor.
  • Ability to commit to teaching at least 1 hour of lessons per week.
  • Proficient in swimming including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.
  • Ability to work independently and maintain dependable and timely communication.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification.
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard certification.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to run, climb.


  • University City – Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This is a part-time per diem position classified as non-exempt. The offered pay is dependent upon internal equity and the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience.

For information on our benefits offerings please review the Per Diem/Casual/Temporary Benefit Fact Sheet.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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