University Club of Palo Alto

University Club of Palo Alto is looking for an enthusiastic and knowledgeable swim coach to work with competitive and seasonal recreation level swimmers, Masters swimmers, and lead an aquatics team. The position is full time, 40 hours per week, plus occasional weekend swim-meet coverage. The candidate will report to the Director of Athletics where they will work closely in designing daily/weekly/seasonal practice plans. The ideal fit is someone who is high energy with effective communication skills and works well as part of a team. Previous experience as a seasonal or year-round swim coach is recommended. The position will come with a competitive salary commensurate upon experience.

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.



  • Organize and develop practice regimens.
  • Provide feedback to athletes and other coaches.
  • Uphold positive group dynamics along with a challenging workload.
  • Work to build groups beyond the current structure.
  • Work with swimmers from an introductory level to Masters swimmers.
  • Help maintain and build program to ensure member satisfaction.
  • Guide junior/assistant coaches in teaching proper fundamentals to younger swimmers.
  • Develop and lead various clinics

Lesson Instruction

  • Encouraged to fill schedule with swim lesson instruction as long as it does not interfere with practice coaching hours and admin duties.
  • Help train assistant instructors to teach proper methods while instructing swim lessons.

Administrative Duties

  • Provide timely email and phone communication to departmental notices and inquiries.
  • Individual and program billing assignments.
  • Assist with swim team entries for year-round and summer swim teams.

Management Responsibilities

  • Ensure safety of the pool facility.
  • Oversee junior staff of coaches and instructors.
  • Support lifeguard supervision.
  • Interact with membership on a day to day basis.
  • Work to resolve issues related to the aquatics department or facility.
  • Attend monthly swim committee meetings.
  • Attend monthly Zone 1 North and PSA meetings.

Opportunities for Development

  • Create and instruct in or out of water fitness classes and personal training.
  • Conduct interviews for staff openings.
  • Begin or expand upon existing American Swim Coaches Association education and certifications.