The Head Swim Coach contributes to the Y’s success by assisting the Director of Aquatics in developing and sustaining an environment in our Y that supports our mission, values and guiding principles. The primary responsibility is in selecting, leading and developing aquatics staff, evaluating the participant experience, partnering with the Aquatics Director in programming and scheduling, and leading efforts to drive membership growth and program participation. The Head Swim Coach may conduct classes, coach, and work as a Lifeguard as needed.
- Foster an environment and culture that supports our mission, values, and guiding principles while leading efforts to drive membership, growth, and program participation.
- Lead the implementation of programs and initiatives, provide leadership to the Swim Coaches.
- Provide overall direction to develop and promote engaging, safe, and fun aquatic programming that passes a passion for aquatic activities on to participants and members.
- Essential programming components include innovation, water safety, healthy living, and love and respect for aquatic activities.
- Plan and organize practices/competitions to meet the needs of the swimmers, as well as lead and supervise practice groups to ensure team practices are following proper stroke progressions and curriculum.
- Interact and assist swimmers with their technique by actively correcting form, recognizing individual differences and adjusting teaching strategies.
- Assist with preparation and tear down of practice needs. Instruct swimmers how to help and use the swim team equipment safely (lane ropes, backstroke flags, kick boards, blocks, etc.).
- Know and follow YMCA procedures for incidents and injuries. Attend all assigned practices, communicating substitutions and following absence procedures.
- Lead and organize parent committees to support team initiatives.
- Serve as a part of the leadership team at the center level on key initiatives and tasks to include fundraising and Leader on Duty.
SKILLS AND TRAINING
- This position requires a background in an aquatic and/or recreation environment
- Must demonstrate commitment to the Y’s cause and mission.
- Must demonstrate ability to build relationships and deliver an exceptional experience.
- Previous swim instruction and work with special need populations are beneficial.
- Experience supervising, training, and developing staff preferred.
- YMCA or Red Cross Lifeguarding certification (which includes CPR/First Aid and AED certification) is required within the first sixty days of employment (training provided).
- Lifeguard Instructor certification is preferred.
- USS Coaches Certifications AND YMCA Principles of Swim Coach Certification is required within the first 12 months.
- 1 year of swim coaching required; 5 years is preferred.
- Competitive Swimming experience preferred.
- Computer and/or Smart phone technology experience required.
Compensation: Negotiable starting at $40,000
Employee Type: Full-Time Exempt