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Swim Instructor
February 12th, 2017

A Swim Instructor, also referred to as a Water Safety Instructor, teaches students of all ages and abilities how to swim. Most Swim Instructors are employed with public and city pools, recreation centers, and as private instructors. They may also find seasonal employment with a variety of summer camps.

In order to be equipped as a Swim Instructor you should be patient, attentive, highly energetic, and encouraging. Being able to objectively grade a student on their efforts and improvement is an important skill.

Because swimming lessons are available during the day, evenings, and weekends - the hours of a Swim Instructor may be sporadic. A Swim Instructor should be able and willing to be flexible with their work schedule.

Most employers will require a Swim Instructor to be First Aid and CPR Certified. Because Swim Instructors are often around underage children, or those with disabilities, they will be required to pass a criminal record check.

There is no formal post-secondary education required in order to be a swim instructor. In most states, individuals as young as 16 may be employed as Swim Instructors. Particular swim training and levels required will depend on each State. These Swim Instructor training courses are usually offered by city run recreation centers. There are usually a variety of Swim Instructor levels available to take which offers room for growth.
Swim Instructor Interview Questions
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What do you know about our organization?
 
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That they care for the chidlren and want them to be successful swimmers.
 
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Non- profit and its mission statement is caring reponsibility, respect and honsesty.
 
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How would your former employer describe you?
 
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Hard working, polite, approachable, kind, friendly.
 
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I am a person who listens and gets the task done when ask or when I know I should do it.
 
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If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
 
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I would like to continue working here until I get a full time job after my post-secondary career.
 
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I plan on being here for awhile. I'm looking at going back to study but that won't be until at least July next year.
 
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Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
 
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I would like to have a career as a Swim Instructor because I would like to get the local community more involved in water activities, as it is a form of physical activity and it is also a lot of fun.
 
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I enjoy working with children and get satisfaction in seeing them progress with a task. I also come from a competitive swimming background and enjoy spending time in the water.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
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I would like to reiterate that I am extremely vigilant, and I am highly motivated and I have a strong work ethic. I am a dedicated individual that has excellent communication skills and brilliant teaching skills.
 
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I enjoy working with children and being in the water. I have the right qualifications, I'm a team player and I want to gain more experience.
 
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As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
 
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My best asset is vigilance. As a swim instructor, you have to be vigilant when you are dealing with kids as they can pull a fast one and endanger their lives. I am extremely vigilant and my previous experience as a lifeguard and as a recreational swim instructor proves it.
 
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Patience I think is a huge part of swim teaching, and creating a solution to correct any issues in swim technique.
 
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How do you practice safety on the job?
 
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Making sure you teach kids the safe way to do things such as entering and exiting the pool and leading by example and following the rules you set.
 
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I always make sure I have everything I need prior to starting my shift. I never run on the deck unless I have to in a dire situation and I watch everyone in the pool area including my fellow lifeguards/swim instructors.
 
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What qualifies you for this job?
 
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Ihave my austswim certificate, my cpr, first aid, pool lifeguard, bronze medallion.
 
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I am a qualified lifeguard, with my current NLS, I have all three swim instructor certifications, and I also have weeks of experience that backs up these certifications. I also have a current Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. I am also highly organized, motivated and vigilant and this is what qualifies me for this job.
 
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Tell me about yourself.
 
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I am currently in year 12 at sacred heart and actively involved with the local surf club. I am a bright and bubbly person who is also outgoing.
 
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I am a Gr. 12 student at Senator O'Connor Catholic Secondary School. My interests are swimming, cooking and drawing. I am of Guyanese background as my parents are from Guyana. I live in Scarborough, Toronto. I plan to go into Seneca College for Environmental Technology for my post secondary career.
 
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When have you taught swim lessons, or any kind of lesson, before?
 
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I have taught my mother how to swim.
 
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I taught my brother how to swim.
 
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Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
 
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It would be pleasure And yes I m so sure I I'll be best what I do.
 
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Yes, I am. I believe my strength is with younger children, but I would most certainly be comfortable with any and all ages.
 
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When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
 
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March 2010 I was assign to teach toddlers, their cuteness and fearlessness.
 
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I like child's comes in water make em familiar with water and get out em fear from water.
 
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How would you handle a student that was acting inappropriately?
 
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I would ask them privately to please calm down.
 
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Tell him/her that if does not listen I will sent him/her home.
 
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Tell me about a few water safety lessons you would teach.
 
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How to get a kid to swim underwater and getting in and out of the pool.
 
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Not to play with your friends in water like jumping pushing or do not enter till allowed to swimming pool.
 
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Are you a patient person?
 
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Yes I am an extremely patient person, through my previous experience ive learnt that to work with children you must be extremely patient and also supportive.
 
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Yes I am a very patient person. You have to be patient when dealing with mad parents, bullies and argumentative kids. Otherwise, you will stress yourself out. If you are patient, you can reply calmly and whoever you are dealing with will most likely calm themselves down as well.
 
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Do you like working with kids?
 
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I love working with kids, I find it extremely rewarding teaching them new skills and watching them learn and develop.
 
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I enjoy working with kids. I am vigilant, so it makes me watchful so that I can have fun with them at the same time as I am teaching them. I am very polite, so kids can warm up to me, however I am also firm, so that I can enforce rules.
 
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Tell me about your swimming skills.
 
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I did surf swimming through nippers and currently I swim for leisure.
 
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I have completed all the ultras, all the bronzes and my NLS and swimming instructor's certifications. I am a very fast swimmer who has very precise swimming strokes.
 
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
 
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Because I am available weekdays and weekends and I have previously worked with children and I am an outgoing person.
 
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I am the best candidate for you because I have a lot to give to your company. I have abundant certifications, high motivation and I am known to exceed expectations. You will not regret it.
 
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What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Swim Instructor?
 
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I am an outgoing person who is a good communicator, with both adults and children, this would aid me as a swim instructor as I have the ability to talk to all people.
 
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My greatest strength is motivation. It helps me as swim instructor because if you have no motivation, your trainees would not learn anything because they will be bored. If you are motivated, you trainees would be motivated as well to complete the material that you are teaching them.
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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My greatest weakness would be my attention to detail, often I get caught up on the smaller things and I am working on looking more at the overall picture instead of focusing on the smaller things.
 
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As a perfectionist, I have no weakness. When I do, I try my best to eliminate it and make it one of my strengths.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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During stressful situations I tend to step back and analyze the situation. I remain calm.
 
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In stressful situations I take a deep breath, and assess the situation as a whole.
 
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Do you have experience working with children?
 
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Yes, I have worked for vacswim 2 years in a row at port elliot and through surf life saving I have also been a mentor to the younger children.
 
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Yes I do, I have worked at Ontario Pioneer Camp, Adventure Camp. It's a camp for five to ten year olds. I was a lifeguard and a recreational swim instructor for about four hours to six hours everyday for four weeks. I was also a lifeguard at the Shadow Lake centre, dealing with babies to teenagers at the waterfront.
 
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How long have you been swimming?
 
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I've swum since the age of 10 through surf life saving.
 
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I have been swimming ever since I was just six months. I have completed all the ultras, all the bronzes, NLS and all three swim instructor certifications.
 
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How do you deal with unsatisfied parents?
 
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By talking to them about why they are unsatisfied and working to resolve the issue.
 
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I deal with unsatisfied parents with patience. You have to be patient or else you'll stress yourself out. If they continue to be hard to work with me, I would calmly ask them to leave the pool area.
 
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Rachelle Enns
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