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Water Safety Instructor 

About the Organization YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.

The mission of YWCA Minneapolis is eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our vision is to be the most trusted and effective change agent in the journey to eliminate racism and sexism in our community.

We are a trusted social justice organization with a 130+ year history of advocacy for women and children. More than 30,000 people in our community are served every year by YWCA Minneapolis, through award-winning programs, classes, and workshops.

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day for:
• Race and gender equity
• Economic independence for women
• Respect for diverse cultures
• Children and youth who thrive
• A community that is vibrant and healthy

Category Health & Wellness  

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for teaching top quality swim lessons.  WSIs provide a safe, welcoming learning environment, and they teach appropriate skills through a variety of activities.  They perform their duties under the supervision of the Swim Lesson Coordinator.



  • Teach swim lessons to participants using the YWCA/Red Cross learn-to-swim program.
  • Plan weekly classes to maximize use of participants’ time in the pool.
  • Continually evaluate participant swimming progress to adjust lesson plans to meet their needs, and to accurately report their progress at the end of the session.
  • Prepare progress cards for each child participant for the last day in order to give accurate feedback and appropriate level recommendation for continuation.
  • Maintain the safety of all participants at all times through the use of safe equipment, safe spaces, and safe group management.
  • Give participants accurate, positive, corrective feedback so they can improve their skills.
  • Maintain communication with lead WSI regarding swimmer progress, parent concerns, issues that may arise.



This position reports to the Swim Lesson Coordinator, who reports to the Aquatics Director.  Critical relationships will include participants and their accompanying adults, fellow Aquatics staff (WSIs, aides, lifeguards, head lifeguards, coaches).  The incumbent will interact with YWCA patrons, participants and their parents, and staff members from G&Y and ECE.


Position Requirements



  • Ability to perform physical skills and techniques as required by certification on demand; equivalent of passing Red Cross Learn-to-Swim level 4.
  • Current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification, or equivalent in experience and education.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills to respond to participant/parent concerns.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills to plan classes and record progress each class.


  • High school diploma/General Education Degree.
  • One year experience teaching or aiding swim lessons.
  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. 
  • Cultural competency to effectively communicate with and build relationships with participants/parents.



  • Ability to lift/support students as needed.
  • Required to be in the pool for extended periods of time. Indoor pool - warm, humid and noisy.
  • Must be able to perform required swimming skills to assigned class. 
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


ADDITIONAL NOTES: This job description represents the major functions but is not intended to be all-inclusive. 

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Number of Openings 2  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Uptown YWCA Minneapolis  
EOE Statement YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  
HoursPerWk None Specified 

This position is currently accepting applications.

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