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Swimming Instructor

City of Detroit
Detroit, MI
Closing date
Nov 28, 2021

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Under general supervision, directs and organizes the swimming activities of a community center, or has charge of a swimming pool, and provides instruction in swimming.

Examples of Duties
  • Plans, organizes and directs swimming classes.
  • Provides lessons in all swimming strokes, water games, and diving and lifesaving techniques.
  • Oversees water safety for participants and provides first aid when necessary.
  • Maintains order, in and around pools.
  • Arranges and encourages participation in swimming meets, diving exhibitions and other aquatic programs and competitions.
  • Selects and coaches individual participants and teams in activities.
  • Promotes community interest in swimming and related sports.
  • Enforces Recreation Department rules and regulations for pool usage.
  • Inspects pools, locker rooms and lockers for cleanliness.

Minimum Qualifications

Completion of two years of college coursework in physical education, community recreation or a related field. Bachelor's degree in community recreation, physical education or a related field preferred.

One year of experience teaching swimming.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of various swimming strokes, lifesaving holds, and diving techniques.
  • Knowledge of community recreation work.
  • Knowledge of first aid resuscitation, CPR and emergency medical procedures.
  • Skill in oral communication.
  • Skill in physical agility.
  • Skill in competitive swimming.
  • Skill in administering first aid.
  • Ability to instruct beginners and more advanced pupils in the art of swimming.
  • Ability to administer in-service training to lifeguards and lead annual re-certification classes.
  • Ability to perform rescue activities.
  • Ability to direct subordinate lifeguards.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness in promoting interest in activities.
  • Ability to interact effectively with departmental personnel and the general public with tact and diplomacy.

Licenses, Certifications, and Other Special Requirements:
  • Valid State of Michigan Operator License
  • Valid American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate or Y.M.C.A. Lifesaving Certificate
  • , American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certificate (LGI), and an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) (New Methods) Certificate
  • Valid Community Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate as issued by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association of Michigan
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate as issued by the American Red Cross
  • Applicants must complete a swim demo consisting of 500 yards of continuous swimming within the standard time set by the City of Detroit General Services Department - Parks and Recreation Division:
  • 200 yards front crawl, using rhythmic breathing, having a stabilizing and propellant kick
  • 100 yards breaststroke, using pull, breath, kick and glide sequence
  • 100 yards front crawl
  • 100 yards breaststroke
  • Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position

Physical Demands

The work is characterized as active. The Swimming Instructor swims, walks, stands, and/or sits for long periods of time. There are occasions where it will be required to lift equipment and persons when necessary.

Work Environment

Work is performed predominately in a swimming pool located at one of the facilities which could include an outdoor facility. There may be moderate exposure to the sun and possibly rain on inclement days when working at the outdoor facilities.

Evaluation Plan
  • Interview:70%
  • Evaluation of Training, Experience &Personal Qualifications:30%
  • Total of Interview and Evaluation T.E.P:100%

Additional points may be awarded for:
  • Veteran Points: 0 - 15 points
  • Detroit Residency Credit: 15 point
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