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Top 25 Swim Instructor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 26
Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
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Question 2 of 26
How would your former employer describe you?
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"My former employer has spoken very highly of me in my previous performance reviews. I've been described as reliable, a hard worker and a strong team player. These are all qualities that I would love to bring to your organization."
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Question 3 of 26
If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
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"I am interested in being a swim instructor for the long term. This facility offers strong advancement opportunities for me in my career and I would be happy to stay as long as I can."
Are you interested in being a swim instructor for the long term? Talk about your goals and how they fit into a long term opportunity with this organization.
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Question 4 of 26
Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
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Question 5 of 26
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 6 of 26
Why should we hire you?
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Question 7 of 26
As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 8 of 26
How do you practice safety on the job?
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Question 9 of 26
What qualifies you for this job?
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Question 10 of 26
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 11 of 26
When have you taught swim lessons, or any kind of lesson, before?
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Question 12 of 26
When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
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Question 13 of 26
How would you handle a student that was acting inappropriately?
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Question 14 of 26
Tell me about a few water safety lessons you would teach.
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Question 15 of 26
Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
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Question 16 of 26
Are you a patient person?
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Question 17 of 26
Do you like working with kids?
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Question 18 of 26
Tell me about your swimming skills.
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Question 19 of 26
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 20 of 26
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Swim Instructor?
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Question 21 of 26
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 22 of 26
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 23 of 26
Do you have experience working with children?
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Question 24 of 26
How long have you been swimming?
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Question 25 of 26
How do you deal with unsatisfied parents?
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Question 26 of 26
Tell me about how and when you learned your basic swim skills, and why you are confident in your ability to teach those skills to new swimmers.
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Question 1 of 26
Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
User-Submitted Answers
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Vaguley but I am willing to take a course to be recertified.
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Had previous training and experience, would need to practice and take classes again.
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Yes I do know how to perform first aid but if I have to learn some more I would be willing because as a person might know something learning more would actually help and refresh your mind.
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Yes, was tested on it during nls.
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Yes, I am very proficient in preforming CPR and treating people.
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Yes, I have completed three first aid and CPR courses and feel very confident that I can perform all the skills/techniques that I learned. I have reccently updated my qualification here in australia.
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Dependable, on time, eager to learn.
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Yes I do, as I am doubly certified in Standard First Aid and CPR-C.
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Yes. I was able to learn it luckily when I was young.
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Yes, I gained CPR knowledge through surf life saving, as well as my first aid certificate.
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Yes, I gained CPR knowledge through surf life saving, as well as my first aid certificate.
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Yes. I have recently passed my bronze cross and I am up to date with it.
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I am not certified yet, but if given the opportunity to be on this team, I will definitely get certified as soon as possible.
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Yes, 30 compression to 2 breathes with 100 compressions a minute.
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Yes, I am have my standard first aid, CPR and AED certification.
Question 2 of 26
How would your former employer describe you?
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If I am given the opportunity to work with the YMCA that would be my first job. However I have partnered up with my father during his art shows where I would talk to potential customers and help with set up and clean up.
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Hardworking, responsible, reliable, trustworthy.
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Hard working, self starter, loyal, friendly, outgoing, helpful.
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My former employer would describe me as a hardworking and reliant employee, I have been able to provide exceptional customer service standards.
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Very motivated, enthusiastic, determined, and positive.
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Great teamworker, listens and follows instructions.
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I have had very positive feedback from my last employer, they have taken notice that I use my own initiative and I am very confident with teaching. I connected really well with all my supervisors and manager at my last job so that made the job really enjoyable and fun.
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I think my former employer is very satisfied with my performance because I was awarded as a best first staff in my first job.
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They would describe me as responsible, easy to get in touch, reliable and able to take on tasks and issues.
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Reliable, manages time well, organized, patient.
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Funny, good teacher, friendly,
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Passionate, energetic, motivated.
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Hard working, polite, approachable, kind, friendly.
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I am a calm, responsible individual who is very fast, diligent and has a strong work ethic.
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They would describe me as a very punctual, hardworking individual. I'm always attentive and I will always try to do things to the best of my abilities. I'm cooperative, I work well with others and people in general. I have good communication and problem solving skills.
Question 3 of 26
If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
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For as long as you need me.
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I would love to be able to stay as long as the company would allow me to. Your orginization seems very reputable and somewhere I would be proud to work at.
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I plan to work here a very long time.
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I plan on working here as long as im needed.
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I plan to work here as long as possible, my visa allows me to work for one employer for up to 6 months which I believe is the teaching season that you are open for? I would be happy to help with any shifts that are required.
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I plan to work here as long as I go to school here and maybe a few years after.
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I hope to work here for at least as long as I attend school here and in the summer if their hours available then.
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I would like to say indefinatley I would look to build my skill set and qualifactions within the company.
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The next couple of years.
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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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I would like to continue working here until I get a full time job after my post-secondary career.
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I don't plan on leaving, I want to slowly build a career in this field and help contribute to the community as much as I can by trying my best to become a model of public service excellence and providing my skills and assets into the company.
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I plan to be committed to your company. I feel that my values best fit in your company and I will work hard and believe that I will be a great model of public service excellence in the community.
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I plan to work for about three years.
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I would like to stay here definately until I finish uni, and then hopefully beyond then depending on my circumstances.
Question 4 of 26
Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
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I would like to like to make a difference. I have a passion for instructing vital core skillls.
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I think it would be a rewarding experience to teach children.
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It gives stability, flexible hours, ability to help people, experience with children, new teamwork skills.
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I think it would be a good experience, I love working with children.
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Enjoyment and have done it for 8 years.
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Helping children is always something I have personally enjoyed. Being able to help teach them how to swim and watch them grow and learn is what I will enjoy the most at this position.
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It is a fun and exciting career and working with children is what I love doing.
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I feel that swimming is essential to everybody. Not only can it save their lives one day, it is also a very active sport and it keeps people healthy.
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I would like a career as a swim teacher because I want to be teaching kids.
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To help kids learn how to swim because its an important skill to have in life.
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I have always had a passion for teaching, even as a child I would love teaching my friends new football tricks. I have just finished a diploma in music and part of my course included teaching and I found this highly enjoyable. I loved seeing the progession in my students, it made me feel good that I was helping them and showing that my work was actually beneficial.
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I enjoy working with children and I have a strong passion for water.
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Because I have a passion for swimming and teaching. I love working with children and being in the pool is like an added bonus.
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I am passionate about the education of others. Being able to swim is a life and death skill that I believe everyone should have. I have always loved to swim and believe that there is so much fun to be had in the water.
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Because I have always had a passion for swimming and teaching and this give me the opportunity to do both.
Question 5 of 26
What do you know about our organization?
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Well I know that your organization does great charity work for many disabled children and adults, helping them build confidence, and independance so tey can reach their goals.
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It is very organized and very helpful as the organization does charity work.
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Your organization runs out of a red cross certified training partner, where you are dedicated to teaching our communitity safety and swimming skills to save lives.
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You have a red cross certified swimming program and you teach people in the community safety and swimming skills in the water.
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I know many people who have taken or are currently taking lessons at Swim West and absolutely love it. I also know you are the only school in Madison accredited by the USSA which is important.
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You have small class sizes of 3 children per class and the pool is a warm pool.
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Community college offering countinuing-ed courses to adults for non-credit classes.
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I know that you guys offer various lessons and teams for people of different ages.
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I know that this is a swim training organization lessons are in 30min intervals and the age rages are from 4 months-12 years old. And there are 4 levels of training you can do. You can purchase individual lessons or up to 3 times a week. Also the more kids you enroll the better the discount.
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You teach children how to swim.
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Your organization has been around for over 40 years and you are the largest company in your industry.
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You are a passionate and professional company, composed of a team of dedicated members of staff from instructors to supervisors working together to create a fun and safe environment for children to learn how to swim in and enabling the teachers to instruct confidently.
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A high quality school that offers at home private swim lessons and lifegaurding services to the US and ontario.
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Non- profit and its mission statement is caring reponsibility, respect and honsesty.
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It was made in 1968 on the name of Nis.
Question 6 of 26
Why should we hire you?
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I have strong communication and people skills and I am able to relate to people, in an effective way. I have experience at working well with children as a result of casual babysitting for children from ages 2-8. Through this experience I have learnt and acquired the skills to understand where children are coming from, and to help them with their small problems in a way that they can understand and relate to.
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I have 13 years instructing and I am able to effectively break down any syllabus given and make it my own. 13 years in the hospitality industry has help me relating effectively with all people. When it come a to children, I have an understanding on our how kids work due to having 2 of my own.
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It is a great job and a great learning experience, it would help me learn how to work with different people. And I love working with children.
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Reliable and good at my work.
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I will follow instructions and I have over 80 hours of volunteer experience in this sector.
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I feel that I can bring a lot to the role, I am very friendly have a keen interest in helping the pupils learn. With my background in swimming instruction I know I would fit into the role easily and I would love the opportunity to work in a teaching role again. As I have only reccently moved to adelaide it would be nice to meet new people who have the same interests as me also.
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You should hire me because I have a lot of experience teaching children from various backgrounds, ages, some disabled or with learning disabilities. I really love working with children and have never had a problem not connecting with one.
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If you are looking for someone dependable, enthusiastic, and eager to learn, then I am that person.
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I am a good fit for the postion and I have a lot of experience working in all age ranges one on one or even as large as 13
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I am reliable, organized, patient and have a lot of experince with children.
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I am passionate about the education and love to work with all different age groups and abilities I am confident dealing with different members of the community and believe have the personal qualities to be a great assest to your team.
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Because I feel like I would be a great addition, and I have a lot to pass on to my students.
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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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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 believe that I will be an excellent representation in the Aquatics field for the City of Toronto. I believe my skills and abilities will greatly contribute to the company and ready to learn anything that will benefit you guys in any way. I'm not just looking for a job but a career in this position. I'm a really hard working individual and believe I will be of great value for you.
Question 7 of 26
As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Being able to make activities fun but also teaching children new skills through games and challenges.
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I have a background in swimming, having swum competitively for many years, and as a result am able to distinguish between correct and poor technique.
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Having fun and enjoying what I do. People are my passion. I am able to relate to people in an effective way from my 13 years in the hospitality industry.
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My responsibility, ability to be attentive, and trust worthy.
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Experience from teaching in different countries & continuously improving myself as well as my students.
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I would be able to connect with the children, and be able to explain and get on their level for them to understand me best and get the most out of their lessons.
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I enjoy working with kids and helping them improve.
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Patience. You have to be able to take the time to listen to a child and figure out there personalities to help benifit their lessons better.
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Compassion. I listen to each individual student and their needs I am not willing to make a student feel uncomfortable in the water just so that might pass the class.
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My best asset is precision and getting things done.
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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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My best asset would be my level of understanding and communication skills. I believe in order for a lesson to go smoothly, an instructor has to be understanding of every persons learning ability. They should be able to communicate in a fair manner and simple language for students to understand. Don't set expectations too high.
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Level of understanding and my communication skills.
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I blieve that my ability to interact with both old and young children is very helpful.
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I am a good communicator, especially with young children.
Question 8 of 26
How do you practice safety on the job?
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I make sure that all children are in a safe environment around the pool. That I am qualified in CPR. The I look out for any OHS issues.
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By knowing where all the emergency equipment is and making sure my students know certain safety drills.
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Follow all of the standards set by the organisation and practice what I preach about safety in the pool area.
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I ensure that any items/equipment I use is kept in an organised manner and that there are no dangerous hazards that could cause any harm around. I also ensure that I never leave any children unsupervised in the pool at any time so that they are in constant care. I make sure that all first aid equipment is near by and that it is all ready for use.
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Following all safety guidelines. I love to have fun, but in a professional setting, especially around water, I know the importance of safety.
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I follow the training that I have recieved, I follow the policies and procedures of the centre I ensure that I always have up to date qualifations.
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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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I tend to enhance the rules and or safety procedures while doing my job. If I was teaching, before I start my lesson I would enhance or educate them about safety rules so it can become a safe environment before anything. Safety is always first.
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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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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 set an example for kids such is not running on the deck and teaching of safety lessons during my swim lessons.
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Not to rush and take time.
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With following safety instructions.
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Safe instruction using recognized lead-up skills as establish.
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I practice safety but following all pool rules, which the swimmers will then follow!
Question 9 of 26
What qualifies you for this job?
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I have my austswim certificate which I gained two years ago, my cpr and over a year experience working as a swimming teacher in geraldton.
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I did well in the courses I needed for this job and my past experience working with children.
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4 qualifications plus 8 years experience.
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I have just reccentlu finished the AustSwim teacher of swimming and water safety couse that shows I am qualified for this job. I also have years of experience in the same role.
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I am not qualified yet, but I do have all the tools, and learning abilities to get qualified.
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I have completed the aus swim course and have relevant first aid and cpr qualifications. i have been involved in the teaching of children of all ages and believe the skills that I have learnt in the classroom I can transfer easily to the pool.
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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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I have my NLS, Swim Instructors and Standard CPRC. I am willing to work hard, I'm punctual and I try to stay active to make sure my skills are up to par with the standards to perform my duty to the best of it's ability.
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I have my austswim certificate, my cpr, first aid, pool lifeguard, bronze medallion.
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I have my austswim certificate, my cpr, first aid, pool lifeguard, bronze medallion.
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I have completed all the necessary requirements for this job such as taking Allton levels of my some kids swimming course I have taken drugs medallion bronze cross and my WSI course as well.
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I am a swimming instructor for over 7 years and I am well experience of any age's who wish to learn how to swim and I think I am the most qualified in this job.
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I have all my necessary qualifications and certifications, and am of age to teach!
Question 10 of 26
Tell me about yourself.
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I am a responsible, hardworking person that is able to do any task given to me for this job. I am 17 years old and I enjoy reading, working with children and walking my dog.
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25 years old, been swimming for most of my life represented my country in aquatic activities, seasoned traveler currently studying business.
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I am 21 years old, I have just moved to australia from scotland, I have finished a diploma in music in edinburgh, I am friendly, outgoing and confident, I have a passion for teaching and I love leading a healthy lifestyle.
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I am passionate, energtic and motivated person. I love to be around lots of different types of people. Since moving to australia where I knew no one I have gained so much more confidence.
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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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I am organized, puntual, hardworking. Etc..I am not just looking for a job but a career. I am very passionate about wanting this position.
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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 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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My name is Alina Charania and 15 is old I love water which encouraged me to get my open water diving certificate when I was 14 I love children and if you put all those things together I love to teach swimming to children.
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I'm a very hard worker and If im in a hard situation I'll do whatever it takes to over come it.
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I am a swimmer I like traveling I am very qurious about my passion Swimm.
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I am celvanjo santos dedicatoria I live in 6 national high way brgy. Barretto olongapo city I am 23 yrs old and and my hobby is playing video games and when i'm not playing video games I practising my swimming skills.
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I am a very happy, easy going and a hard worker. I am very self motivated and am always on time. I am very easy to get along with and tend to enjoy socializing and connecting with people.
Question 11 of 26
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 have tutored many children in school as I was growing up I help my brother with his homework and studying constantly and have learned to teach swimming during my practicum.
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I taught my brother how to swim.
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My 1st lesson is way back march 2010 to present.
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No, not formally. But I have done volunteer work and taught alongside other instructors.
Question 12 of 26
When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
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I have volunteered at a daycare during my winter break I have also volunteered at chatter which is a special needs group during my first semester of gray winter break I have also volunteered at chatter which is a special needs group during my first semester of grade 10. I babysit for friends and family regularly and have tutored many children . I love children because they're I love children because they're willing to learn and I love their creativity.
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In school I was in this buddy program to help autistic kids and I love to see little kids with joy from learning.
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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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March 2010 I was assign to teach toddlers, their cuteness and fearlessness.
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Yes, I love working with children! My favourite part is how positive and happy they are and no matter what it always keeps me in a great mood!
Question 13 of 26
How would you handle a student that was acting inappropriately?
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There are many methods that I would try suggest separating them from the group if they're distracting giving them a warning and telling them what they're doing wrong if you're still acting up I would maybe give them a timeout or if it get.
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I would ask them privately to please calm down.
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I I'll give him chocolate for his performance.
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Tell him/her that if does not listen I will sent him/her home.
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If a student was acting inappropriately the best way to handle it is to make them the centre of part of a lesson, such as it for a game of tag, therefore they have a responsibility and are required to do what is asked.
Question 14 of 26
Tell me about a few water safety lessons you would teach.
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Respect barriers, always swim with supervision, look for danger before enter the water.
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For one I would teach them especially the little kids about went to get in the pool for example I would teach them to always look for a A lifeguard before getting in always check for houses for getting in the pool and always make sure that the teacher or the adult with them always goes in the water first.
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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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Modified crawl, breast and different kinds of aproach.
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Standard pool rules (running on the deck, jumping when other people are in your way, throwing, horseplay)
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I think some of the most important water safety lessons to teach are deep water safety and emergency situations. I would be sure to make safety lessons as fun and engaging as possible to keep the swimmers interested.
Question 15 of 26
Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
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Yes I find a variety of ages is good not only to keep me from getting bored but also to gain experience of teaching all different ages.
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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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On your website I was reading and I believe that I could teach from beginner to junior because those are the skills that I am most confident in.
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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.
Question 16 of 26
Are you a patient person?
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I am a very patient person I realise that everyone learns at a different pace. What one person find scary another may not it is about you as the teacher find that best way to connect with each individual and allowing them to the time to become comfortable with you and the water.
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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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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 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 know that children or adults for that matter may not be quick to pick up on the scale right away I have learned that you need patience and eventually they will catch on.
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Yes peace mind calm person.
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Yes of course being a swimming instructor requires a lot of patient.
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I am extremely patient. I am willing to wait as long as possible ( within reason) to make sure there are no problems.
Question 17 of 26
Do you like working with kids?
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Yes, I get on well with children because I am outgoing and I love to entertain. I feel that is highly important to keep children entertained when teaching because they have shorter attention spans. I find that learning through games is tehy best way to keep kids focused because they are learning whilst having fun.
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I love working with children, each one is so individual and special, what will work for one child will not for another. Children give you so much energy working with them means you are suprised every day!
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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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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 love working with kids, I find it extremely rewarding teaching them new skills and watching them learn and develop.
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I have been working with kids and children younger than me all my life and I still have not grown distant from the idea so yes I love working with children.
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I love it, working with kids is something I've always enjoyed!
Question 18 of 26
Tell me about your swimming skills.
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I have been swimming for 13 to 14 years. Whatever I did not do well the first time, I worked at the stroke until I got it right.
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Fast, efficient, can swim all 4 of the known strokes with ease.
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I have always been a confident swimmer, I was in swimming club throughout my childhood. Since moving to australia I swim on a regular basis.
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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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I used to be a competitive swimmer. I'm not the fastest swimmer, but I can get to a point in a reasonable amount of time but there is always room for improvement.
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I did surf swimming through nippers and currently I swim for leisure.
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I did surf swimming through nippers and currently I swim for leisure.
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I have swam competitively throughout my life in clubs and high school.
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Completed all 10 levels of swimming lessons completed bronze medallion bronze cross and WSI course.
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I'm a pretty good swimmer.
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I have no of certificate.
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I swam the 24 lengths timed swim in approx. 15 minutes, about 3 minutes under the allowed time. I have terrific endurance and I am fast in the beginning of a swim. I am good at treading water, I can do eggbeater for long amounts of time.
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I have been swimming since I was 3 or 4 I wasnt allowed out of my house till I knew how to swim. I have been swimming acrost the lake since I was 10 yeards old.
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I am a competitive swimmer and have been for the past 7 years, therefore my swimming skills are very well developed.
Question 19 of 26
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Because of the knowledge I have of the industry and experience I bring with me from previous job.
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I will be able to be here any time I am needed and will always put my best attitude and effort into the lessons and children no matter what else may be going on.
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I am the best candidate because I am hard working.
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As I stated earlier, I have years experience in this possition, I have the confidence and teaching skill to help the pupils learn effectively. Also, my passion for teaching drives me even harder to ensure that I am providing the best lessons possible for my pupils.
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I have a lot of experience working with many age ranges, trying and figuring out the best ways to teach a stroke or skill, and am I able to form connections with students which in the long run helps them learn and keeps them coming back for more lessons.
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I believe I would fit easily into your organisation, I am a very flexible and friendly member of any team. I am comitted to my own professional development and would look to make myself the very best professional I could be both for myself and your organisation.
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I'm hardworking approachable, dedicated and qualified.
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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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I believe that my values and abilities greatly contribute to the company. I will work my hardest to achieve any goals set. I value what your company strives for and am willing to learn anything that will be valuable to the company.
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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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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 have loads of experience in swimming, have worked with unsatisfied customers and love to swim.
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I feel this is the best job for me.
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I believe I am the best candidate for you as I know I will push myself to achieve the best I can, to make sure I am leaving a good lasting impression on the parents of the company and myself as an individual. I think I would fit in with the values of this company very well with the children being able and confident swimmers being my main focus and teaching them survival techniques.
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I am energetic and passionate about teaching. These characteristics and my previous experience offers the skill your company needs to grow.
Question 20 of 26
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Swim Instructor?
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My greatest strength is being organized. This will help me as an instructor as I will always have a plan.
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I am caring and considerate, I feel that this would be helpful to children who are nervous around water.
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Been swimming for over 20 years over 8 years as a qualified swim instructor and I am always keen to learn and develop new ways of teaching swimming.
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My loyalty to somebody and wanting to see that person succeed. What drives me the most is being able to see somebody exceed at something that I was able to help them accomplish. And with children, its even more amazing.
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I never lose my temper which will help me focus on teaching every kid and not single out others because they annoy me.
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I feel that my greatest strength is my confidence and social skills. This is a huge benefeit to me because it allows me to converse with the pupils/parents appropriately. I remember when I was learning how to swim that my teacher was very outgoing and confident and this made his lessons very easy to understand and enjoyable.
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My greatest strength is probably how personable I am, I love to connect with people anywhere I am. And I think when working in the water, there must be a mutual trust involved.
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I am willing to go the extra mile to make sure my students feel safe and comfortable in my class. I don't want anyone to feel pressured and scared to do something in the water that makes them uncomfortable.
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Passion, I feel passionatly that being a swim instructor is an exteremly important role. Many people are very scared and will have to go against there own mind and place their trust in you. Being able to help them and teach them a skills that may one day save there life.
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I feel being approachable and relatable is my biggest strength. My lived experience of overcoming challenges of a disability has given me the skills to think outside the box to solve problems and I think this allows me yo help children who come from all different learning abilities.
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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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I'm very understanding and organized. This greatly helps this position because the instructor can be prepared for their classes way ahead of time and know what they will be doing for the class once it's time. Being understanding is a great trait because you will be able to get along with the students more by understanding they all learn differently and they interpret things differently than others. I also understand that lesson plans and contructive criticsm is an important aspect in teaching.
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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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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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Great time management easy to talk to.
Question 21 of 26
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Taking on board constructive criticism and not beating myself up about it as its given to improve my performance.
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I would be able to connect with the children, and be able to explain and get on their level for them to understand me best and get the most out of their lessons.
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I need to speak louder at times, this job in adittion to school will assist me.
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I think my greatest weakness would be taking criticism.
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I have found that in the past my time management has been a weakness for me, during my first year of study I found that I would always leave assignments until the last minute which caused me to stress about them. Since then I have found that making lists of priorities has helped me overcome this, and I noticed an instant improvement after practicing making lists and planning ahead.
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I used to take every set back so personally, but now I know there is no such thing as results, if I dont like the results, I change my approach next time.
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If I have a student who is just not grasping the concept like the others in the class, I want to do everything I can to get that student caught up to speed. However, I have to remember not everyone is ready for certain skills and needs more time to learn them than others.
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My greatest weakness is when a student isn't doing ever.
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Taking any criticisum personally, I realise to develop that others need to give you feedback to ensure you can constantly improve yourself.
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In the pool I am sometimes too softly spoken I am aware of this and am working on projection and trying to be more forceful.
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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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I believe my greatest weakness is that I get stressed out when there are so many deadlines that are near each other for certain things to be due. For example, I had two mid terms back to back for really hard courses and I used to procrastinate a lot but I fixed my time management problems. I don't get that stressed anymore and I do things before hand.
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I get stressed out when deadlines are so close together. For example, I had two mid terms back to back for very hard courses that required lots of memorization and understanding. However, I did improve the way I took in information and my studying habits. I improved alot on time management instead of procrastinating and I see that as a very big improvement for me.
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I believe my greatest weakness is my unconfidence, and I will improve that by participating in better activities and help out more.
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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.
Question 22 of 26
How do you handle stressful situations?
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By remaining calm and remaining focused.
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I am able to focus on what is important and not let the situation cause anymore stress then it already is, and I am able to talk to somebody who is also stressed and help them see what the issue is.
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During stressful situations I tend to step back and analyze the situation. I remain calm.
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I am great under stress. I believe the key to handling stress, is removing emotions and analyzing the situation. In life things happen, stress is reactionary, how you respond to stressful situations is in your power to control. And when your aware of that, life becomes clearer.
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I try remain calm depending on the situation. We had an incident at the pool I work at, where a student got sick in the pool. The instructor of that class called out to the lifeguards who scrambled around running over to the student forgetting to tell the other classes in the pool to evacute the pool . I notified the classes and got my class out of the water calmly and while the lifeguards and that students instructor tried to contact the parents and janitors I took her class with mine and we did an out of the water saftety day.
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I have previously dealt with many stressful situations, I find staying calm and using my initiative to try to think of a better way to handle the given situation asking for help where necessary. I am not by nature a person who is easy stressed I believe if you do not panic there are few situations that can not be resolved.
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I am extremely organized, making it easier to keep calm in stressful situations. I am naturally calm, so I don't get excited in these situations. I have a strong work ethic, and it keeps me focused in these stressful situations.
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I don't panic during stressful situations and I don't make rational decisions. I tend to think of different solutions that I can possibly do to get myself out of a stressful situation. I think of whether I can handle the situation myself or not, if not I will ask people who could be going through the same thing or overcome a similar situation and ask for assistance. I will not lose focus of what's going on around me.
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In stressful situations I take a deep breath, and assess the situation as a whole.
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In stressful situations I take a deep breath, and assess the situation as a whole.
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I always tell myself and others around me to stay calm if I make things more stressful than they need to be the whole situation because of the chaos and nothing will ever get done. I always tell myself and others around me to stay calm if I make things more stressful than they need to be the whole situation because of the chaos and nothing will ever get done I assure myself and everyone around me that everything will be fine and talk in a relaxed and calm manner.
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Very calm fully and try to make sure proper disitiona.
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By pretending to be angry and tell them I will sent them home or I will tell their parents.
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I usually handle stressful situations by not rushing anything or anyone. If possible I will take a step back and clear my head to try to regain my train of thought. I always try to hear the other person out and understand where they are coming from and go from there.
Question 23 of 26
Do you have experience working with children?
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Yes, I do have experience working with children. I work with children every weekend at Glendon, where I assist instructors to teach swimming. I also occasionally babysit.
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Yes, I was a assistant camp counselor with the City of Pickering summer camps.
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Yes 8 year experience both paid and voluntary work.
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Yes, I have three years experience with lifeguarding, swimming instruction and also child minding for family friends on occassion. I get on well with children because I am an entertainer, I love inventing new games, drawing, cooking and various other things like that. Children are usually quite interested in these things so it makes it fun!
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Yes, I currently volunteer for the YMCA as a role model/counselor. I love children.
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YES! I love working with children. Each one has their own individual personality and they are hilarious. Besides teaching lessons at a different pool. I also volunteer in an elementary classroom helping the students with reading, writing, and math problems. Teaching is my passion.
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Yes I have a range of experience with working different aged children many of which had special needs. I have worked with them within a community setting I am extremely comfortable around children of all ages and their possibly unpredictable behaviour.
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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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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 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 babysit for family and friends regularly I also tutor children in my grade younger grades as well as my brother and they also work with special needs children at the organization of chatter.
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I have a good experience.
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Babysitting. I love babysitting. I babysit for multiple families in my neighbourhood for kids of various ages!
Question 24 of 26
How long have you been swimming?
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Since I was little, so about 13 to 14 years.
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I have been swimming ever since I was a very young child, according to my mum I even loved being in the water as a baby! I swam through school and did a little bit of competitive swimming for a while in high school but I never kept the competitive side up.
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I started swimming on a team when I was in 6th grade and swam with my school in the summer and fall and with a club during spring all the way till 12th grade. But before that I was in swimming lessons. I hated them, I showed up crying, I was scared of my instructor, didn't feel comfortable in the water. Which is why it was so odd when I became an instructer, I just make my students didn't have the same experience I had.
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I have been swimming all of my life, my family used to call me the little mermaid. Both my parents taught swimming, they took children from unprivaged homes and took them and taught them to swim. I have always been around water it has always been a social time for me and my family.
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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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Since I was a young girl.
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I've swum since the age of 10 through surf life saving.
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I've swum since the age of 10 through surf life saving.
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I started swim kids level one when I was five years old and finished my last course which is the WSI course at the age of 15
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Since I was in 6th class & now I have done masters.
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Since I was a baby, I started of in swimming lessons and moved to competitive swimming when I was 8!
Question 25 of 26
How do you deal with unsatisfied parents?
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I would try to accomodate them to the best of my ability so that they are happier with the service.
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Show them what skills their child needs to obtain to pass to the next class and tell them what work they could do with their child to make them learn better and continuously improve.
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I try to explain to them where their student didn't pass the class. And that some students need a little extra practice than others. When I see a parent has put their student in the next level I kindly tell the instructor the student didn't pass and let that instructor decide whether or not they want to send the child down a level or not.
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I would listen to their issues, I would try to calmly answer any questions that they may have or clarify anything. I would try to explain to them that children all learn at diffrerent rates and that not all children will be comfortable with even being in the water so they need to give their child the time to grow and support them in that. I would ensure that I give them regualar feedback to that they dont feel unsure.
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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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I try to put myself in their position and understand their side of the situation and then help them become satisfied. I try to explain to the best of my ability why certain things happen and alternate ways to solve the problem.
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By talking to them about why they are unsatisfied and working to resolve the issue.
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By talking to them about why they are unsatisfied and working to resolve the issue.
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I give them A detailed answer on why I made the decision I did and if there still are not satisfied I would offer extra help to help their child in whatever they need to help them be successful.
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I I'll try to make them understand.
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I will tell them that swimming requires time and patients and there is a fast learner and a slow learner.
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Listen to their concerns and explain to them why I made my decision and remain calm.
Question 26 of 26
Tell me about how and when you learned your basic swim skills, and why you are confident in your ability to teach those skills to new swimmers.
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I have always tried my hardest even as a kid to learn the skills to the best of my ability even as I got in the higher-level such as levels 89 and 10 I have taken many private lessons to make my strokes and skills much better so using all those techniques I think I would be a good asset and be very helpful in teaching the kids to use new skills.
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I had no coach I learned it with see how other do that so I have skills to develop and improve things and I could better make people understand how to & what to.
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I learn my basic skills to my brother's they are swimmers too and their coach is also my coach, I am confident because I have been teaching for 7 years now.
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I learned originally in swimming lessons like the ones I'd like to teach, then refined and grew those skills in a competitive swimming program. I am confident that I would be able to teach those skills as over the past many years I have observed many instructors and coaches teach me, and have learned so much about teaching skills from observing them.

About Swim Instructor

August 18th, 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.

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