Temporary Water Safety Instructor (Summer & School Year)

City Of Alexandria Virginia
Alexandria, VA
$27.42 Hourly
Closing date
Dec 21, 2023

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Temporary Water Safety Instructor

(Summer & School Year)

In pursuit of service excellence, the Temporary Water Safety Instructor leads youth and adult learn to swim classes at various recreational pools throughout the City of Alexandria. This position is vital to enhancing the overall safety and well-being of residents in our community. The City's aquatic facilities provide a growing mix of learn to swim programs to diverse user groups representing all areas of the community. In this role, you will have the opportunity to ensure that goals are met to provide a safe, fun, structured and engaging atmosphere for all our customers.

What You Should Bring
Each member of our team is accountable for the outstanding delivery of services to the community. You should possess knowledge of teaching swim lessons. You will work to meet the needs of our community. Enjoyment working with people, a love of the water, and excellent communication skills are needed to be successful in this position. You will have the support of and work under the direction of a Recreation Coordinator and/or Recreation Manager II. The hours will be determined by customer needs, and may include mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

The Opportunity
  • Teaches scheduled classes, beginning and ending on time.
  • Instructs participants on effective swim methods; explains proper techniques, demonstrates techniques, and teaches using appropriate methods.
  • Prepares appropriate equipment, lesson plans, and final assessments for each class.
  • Assists participants and parents, answers questions, and maintains a positive exercise experience.
  • Keeps management informed of customer and facility needs.
  • Ensures that safety standards are met, and that department and facility policies are adhered to.
  • Performs related work as required.
About the Department
The mission of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities is to enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public spaces, cultural activities, and programming. The Department’s vision is to improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment. The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; one year of experience as a Recreation Leader II, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. First Aid training, valid driver's license issued by state of residence. Small Pool Manager: possession of a valid Red Cross or comparable Senior Life Saving and Swimming Pool Operator's Certificate. Assistant Pool Manager: (Large Pool) same as for a Small Pool Manager, plus two years swimming pool experience, and the ability to perform routine maintenance/repair work on pool equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

Possession of Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification or equivalent.


This position requires successful completion of a criminal records background check prior to employment.


The City of Alexandria is an award-winning, innovative, and progressive local government that brings together elected leaders, residents, businesses, and staff to foster a thriving community.  We are an independent, full-service city, providing the services typically operated by both counties and cities in areas such as public safety, transportation, human services, parks and recreation, planning, and administration. We offer a wide range of exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields, with the resources and expertise to succeed.  In Alexandria, employees are our most important asset, and we work hard to create and support a culture that delivers excellence through the shared values of respect, integrity, teamwork and continuous improvement.

Our employees have access to excellent medical, dental, vision, life insurance and other benefits.  Alexandria provides a defined-benefit pension and offers six weeks of paid parental leave to employees who become parents through birth, adoption or foster care.

We offer a robust wellness program, interdepartmental rotation program, tuition assistance funding and professional development program that helps employees obtain the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience to enhance their professional and personal growth.

With a population of approximately 160,000 and a land area of 16 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located on the Potomac River across from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is known for its beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture, charming waterfront, high-tech economy, vibrant retail and restaurant corridors and diverse neighborhoods. We are a unique and historic community, and we continue to innovate for the 21st century.

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