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  1. Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
  2. How would your former employer describe you?
  3. If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
  4. Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
  5. What do you know about our organization?
  6. Why should we hire you?
  7. As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
  8. How do you practice safety on the job?
  9. What qualifies you for this job?
  10. Tell me about yourself.
  11. When have you taught swim lessons, or any kind of lesson, before?
  12. When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
  13. How would you handle a student that was acting inappropriately?
  14. Tell me about a few water safety lessons you would teach.
  15. Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
  16. Are you a patient person?
  17. Do you like working with kids?
  18. Tell me about your swimming skills.
  19. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  20. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Swim Instructor?
  21. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  22. How do you handle stressful situations?
  23. Do you have experience working with children?
  24. How long have you been swimming?
  25. How do you deal with unsatisfied parents?
  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.
Contributing Author
Rachelle Enns
Swim Instructor Information
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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