Be sure to know what the requirements are for CPR and first aid training in this particular role/facility. Ensure the hiring manager that you are more than qualified when it comes to first aid.
"I am Level 2 certified CPR and First Aid trained. I have also had the opportunity to co-teach a first aid course. Safety is my primary concern and I feel well equipped to manage a variety of emergency situations."
Talk about your credentials and why you are a personality fit for the organization. Be sure to talk about a skill that could really set you apart from the other candidates.
"I feel that you should hire me, not only because I have all of the experience that you are looking for, but also because I have gone over and above the required education. I recently completed my level 4 instructors' course. In addition to this I also speak two languages so I am able to assist students in both English and Spanish."
Talk a bit about some of your strengths and then focus on one particular area that you feel you are especially talented in. You can also support your answer with an example of a time when you have been complimented by a supervisor or student.
"I believe that my best asset as a swim instructor is my patience and ability to engage a group of students, no matter their age. In my last position I was often recognized by the parents of my students for my ability to keep the entire class on task and engaged. I do this by keeping the class exciting with a lot of variety and maintaining a really positive attitude."
Talk to the hiring manager about your safety training, and what you do to ensure safety on the job.
"I am highly trained in safety and have taken all of the required courses and certifications for this position. In addition to my formal qualifications, I also ensure safety by following protocol, keeping keen attention during my classes and training my students on best safety practices before the class begins."
The hiring manager would like to know, in your opinion, why you feel you are a fit for this position. List a couple of reasons why you think you are a fit and be sure to tie these reasons into the original needs listed in their job posting. Complete your answer by asking the interviewer if there are any qualifications they feel you don't have. This will help you to overcome any objections.
"I feel I bring all of the required qualifications for this job, including the Level 2 instructors' certificate. I have my Level 4 and in addition to that, I am also highly skilled in teaching large groups of children. Is there any reason why you feel I wouldn't be a fit for this role?"
Tell the hiring manager something important and memorable about yourself that they may not know by reading your resume. Keep it related to the job.
"In addition to being a swim instructor, I am also a teachers' assistant. I dedicate a lot of my time to educating kids on a variety of platforms."
Talk to the hiring manager about your experience in teaching lessons. Show them how this ties into what they are looking for in their new hire.
"I have taught swimming lessons for the past 5 years. My experience includes teaching lessons to kids and adults. I have taught one on one as well as group lessons. I understand that you are looking for someone with experience in a wide range of situations. I definitely bring that asset."
Being able to work with children is a strong skill set to have. Talk about your experience in working with children and what drives you to continue to do a great job.
"I have worked with children my entire career. The majority of my swim classes have been with children. In addition to this experience, I have also taught elementary classes. The best part of working with children is seeing the pure joy they experience when they master a new task. I love encouraging them and helping them succeed!"
Difficult students and inappropriate behaviour will happen from time to time. Talk to the hiring manager about your method for handling challenging students.
"I am accustomed to working with difficult students every now and then. I manage them by first addressing the group and talking about expectations for behaviour. If the poor behaviour continues, I then pull the student aside and talk with them about how we can change their behaviour. Making a plan with the student generally works well."
Talk to the hiring manager about some of your pre-planned lessons and walk them through a lesson plan. Bonus points if you can bring a sample lesson plan with you to the interview.
"My favourite water safety lesson includes a game for the kids that makes safety really fun for them. I play a role where I am swimming and they have to yell out loud 'yes or no', whether they approve of my behaviour. By allowing them to feel like they are teaching me, I find that the kids absorb the lesson better."
Tell the hiring manager more about your experience in teaching a wide variety of students. Expand on your resume and talk about how your diversity will benefit their organization should they hire you.
"I am very comfortable with teaching all levels and abilities. I can teach adults, children and individuals with disabilities as well."
Being a patient person is an important quality to have as a swim instructor. Give the hiring manager an example of a time when you had to be patient.
"I do consider myself a patient person. In my career as a swim instructor I have taught many challenging groups and personalities. Working with large groups of children has helped me to exercise a greater level of patience than the average individual."
Much of your time as a swim instructor will include working with children so it's best if you can express to the hiring manager that this is an aspect of the job that you enjoy.
"I really do enjoy working with children. I have worked with groups of kids for many years. The part that I enjoy the most is seeing the joy on their faces when they learn that they can swim! It's so wonderful and rewarding."
Talk a bit about your experience, training and greatest areas of strength when it comes to swimming.
"I am an extremely strong swimmer. I have been swimming since I could walk. I am a professionally trained lifeguard and have competed competitively. All of these skills would make me a great fit for your position."
Talk about your credentials and why you are a personality fit for the organization as well. Be sure to talk about a skill that could really set you apart from the other candidates.
"I feel that I am the best candidate, not only because I have all of the experience that you are looking for, but also because I have gone over and above the required education. I recently completed my level 4 instructors' course. In addition to this I also speak two languages so I am able to assist students in both English and Spanish."
Talk about your greatest strength and tie your answer in to how you feel it will help you to be successful in this role.
"My greatest strength is my ability to teach large groups of people at a time. I am able to make an impact on each student in a way that they leave their lesson feeling as though they received one on one training. This helps me to make a bigger impact on each student while best utilizing the limited time given to me, each class."
Everyone needs improvement in some area. Talk a bit about what aspect you feel you could work on. You can use an example of a time that a former supervisor suggested improvement in some area.
"In my most current position my supervisor recommended that I take additional coursework in adult education. Because I have spent so much time educating children I have lost a bit of my touch when it comes to teaching groups of adults. I have enrolled in an additional course on adult education which starts next month."
Stressful situations will happen in any occupation. Be sure to walk the hiring manager through a relatable experience and talk about how you overcame the situation. You can also talk about a time that you were complimented or recognized by a supervisor or co-worker on your ability to manage stress in a productive way.
"I am very good at managing stressful situations. I have experienced stress on the job many times but one particular experience was just last week when I had a child, untrained, jump into the deep end of the pool without a lifejacket. He wasn't trained and it was certain that he was in over his head. The parents were watching which added a lot of stress to the situation. I was able to get my class to jump out of the pool while I tended to the child. In the end, he was okay. It was very intense."
Tell the hiring manager, in detail, the type of experience you have working with children.
"I have about 9 years total working with children. This includes teaching group and individual swim classes. Also, I have experience as a teachers' assistant at a local elementary school."
Having strong swim skills and a lot of experience in the activity is important as an instructor. Tell the hiring manager more about your experience in swimming.
"I started taking formal swimming lessons at the very young age of 3. I have been in lessons and then lifeguard training ever since. Also, I have experience as a competitive swimmer having training on the national team for 5 years."
When it comes to parent satisfaction it is important to know how to handle difficult conversations from time to time. Tell the hiring manager more about your ability to handle those types of conversations.
"I have rarely had an unsatisfied parent but I do recall one particular time when a parent was not satisfied with their child's progress. I talked to the parent to understand what the expectations were, versus what actually happened. In the end, the parent was happy that I put the safety of their child first rather than pass them out of obligation."
Talk to the hiring manager a bit about your journey in becoming a swim instructor and how you feel your path can help others to achieve what you have.
"I learned my basic swim skills through regular swimming lessons at my community pool when I was a kid. I remember having caring and patient instructors who always cheered me on. Building a foundation like that with young swimmers is really important. Because I had such a positive experience at such a young age, I want all new swimmers to experience that. I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen."
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.