Swim Instructor Job Description

Salary: Approximately $37,000 to $47,000 per year

Swim Instructor

A swim instructor job involve teaching students the life-saving skill of swimming and water safety, typically at a recreation center, private pool, or a swimming school. A swim instructor job description typically includes working toward building confidence for students of all ages, guiding students on swimming styles, offering advice to students that may be struggling, and identifying areas for improvement. Instructors may also work with lifeguards in the training process. Swimming instructor jobs can be either full-time with additional roles included or part-time depending on the workplace, with required weeknight and weekend shifts.

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Rewarding Interactions

Rewarding Interactions – You will guide students to their fullest potential as they learn and grow into efficient and safe swimmers. 

Enjoyable Aquatic Experiences

Enjoyable Aquatic Experiences – A career as a swimming instructor places you in a different workspace than most, allowing you to enjoy these experiences and cultivate comfortability for students in the pool.  

Leadership Development

Leadership Development – Connect one-on-one with students and develop meaningful relationships. 

Additional Benefits

Additional Benefits – Many swim instructor jobs offer a benefits package, 401K match and monthly premiums and coverage for health, dental and vision. 

Important Skills

Caring & Compassionate

Caring & Compassionate – As an instructor you work with a variety of ages and skill levels, you should be someone who enjoys working with kids and the public.

Strong Communication Skills

Strong Communication Skills – Instructors need to be able to communicate not only with the students they are teaching, but also fellow staff and sometimes parents/caregivers. As a teacher, providing clear instruction and direction is of the utmost importance.

Love Learning

Love Learning – Training is provided for swim instructors teacher jobs in a variety of areas; it is important to have a willingness to always be learning and taking constructive feedback to further improve your skills.


Vigilant – Working with swimmers of various skill levels, an instructor must maintain constant supervision of all students within a class and have the ability to focus in a fast-paced environment.

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Swim Instructor Salary Information:

A swim instructor salary can be estimated at $37,000 to $47,000 per year depending on the location, position, and experience.

Disclaimer: Occupations in the pool and hot tub industry can range in salary level depending on geographic location, position level, seasonal conditions and company. The salary figures provided are estimates.

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Extensive swimming experience is not required for a swimming teacher job, as training is provided. Typically to get started in this role, no previous certifications or experience are required, and training is normally offered for certain courses, including CPR.  Key requirements can include:

  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, crouch or move around for up to 5 hours in the water
  • Ability to lift, hold, and/or move equipment or small child up to 50 pounds
  • Minimum 2 years of high school - must be at least 15 years or older