May 20, 2019

Lead Coach with Highlands Dolphins Aquatic Club (San Mateo, Ca)

  • Highlands Dolphins Aquati
  • San Mateo, CA, USA
Full time Head Coach Associate Head Coach

Job Description

LEAD COACH with Highland Dolphins Aquatic Club (San Mateo, CA)

Position Summary: 

Under the supervision of the Aquatics Supervisor, create a positive swim team setting. The coach will teach the fundamentals of competitive swimming in a positive environment and provide instruction and guidance during training sessions. The Lead Team Coach is responsible for directing all aspects of swim team development including recruiting, administration, teaching and supervising students of all ages and abilities within the swim team program.  Must be able to exercise judgment and initiative.

Essential Functions: 

  • Plan and develop competitive swim program.
  • Plan and develop engaging and level appropriate workouts.
  • Develop and communicate team vision and goals.
  • Maintain supervision of swim team at all times.
  • Perform administrative duties for the team.
  • Maintain attendance records and logs.
  • Manage Team Unify website and database.
  • Monitor and track all payments.
  • Prevent accidents through the enforcement of policies, rules, regulations, and ordinances governing the conduct of patrons in the pool area. 
  • Maintains order, anticipate hazardous situations, and take steps to prevent them.
  • Perform rescues and administer first aid/CPR as necessary.
  • Use proper rescue equipment and techniques.
  • Assist in the overall operations of the pool; including opening and closing.
  • Maintain a clean and debris free pool, pool area, and locker room facilities.
  • Maintain positive, professional, and polite public relations.
  • Attend staff meetings and training.
  • Help provide an atmosphere for developing good morale and well-being among the HRD community.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Essential Knowledge and Abilities:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard training, general lifeguard techniques.
  • Coaching and or competitive swimming experience.
  • Able to perform a rescue, give CPR and First Aid as appropriate.
  • Ability to teach all 4 competitive strokes.
  • Able to provide in water instruction.
  • Able to provide constructive feedback and instruction to swimmers in all levels.
  • Knowledge of Pool rules and practices.
  • Ability to be reliable, punctual, approachable and dedicated to the Dolphins swim team.
  • Must remain calm and efficient in stressful situations and emergencies.
  • Ability to work with patrons with special needs.


Required Certificates

  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training.
  • Current American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.
  • USA Swimming Coach

Physical Demands

Visual and auditory ability to observe and respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency situation. Ability to lead and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills and the ability to stand, walk, sit, stoop, knell or crouch. Ability to climb, push, and pull and lift and carry objects up to 20 pounds. This position performs most duties in an outdoor aquatic environment around wet and/or slippery surfaces. There is exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, heat, cold, sun and inclement weather conditions. 

Additional Information:

  • It may be necessary to perform other duties as assigned.
  • This position is considered to have a supervisory or disciplinary relationship over minors.
  • This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. It is understood that the employee will perform other duties if requested by the General Manager. Job descriptions are reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary. This job description is not a written or implied contract.

About Employment at the District: The lead swim coach position is perfect for an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, team-player with a passion for competitive swimming. This part time position (.6FTE) joins our dedicated supervisory staff and reports to the Aquatics Supervisor. The individual selected for this position must have swim coach experience.   The pay range for this coaching position is $22-35/hour, depending on experience. The position can also be elevated to a fulltime, benefited position with additional income from lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons.

The District also provides:

Retirement: Simple IRA with District matching contribution of up to 3%, once eligible.

The Application Process

Applicants must apply through the Paylocity site. The employment application is available at

Please feel free to contact Aquatics Supervisor, Caleb Fenner by email or by phone (650) 341-4251 with any questions. More information about the Highlands Recreation District can be found at

The Aquatics Facility:  Our Rec Center has a 6-lane, 25-yard pool, a diving well and a baby pool. Our pool is operated year-round, thanks to a dome that covers the pool from November through March. We have a well-established swim lesson program, lifeguard training classes and adult aquatic wellness classes.  

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