Water Safety Instructor

Alexandria, VA
$25.85 Hourly
Feb 26, 2020
Mar 28, 2020
Full Time
Temporary Water Safety Instructor
Chinquapin Recreation Center

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Water Safety Instructor.

In pursuit of service excellence the Recreation Leader III - Water Safety Instructor provides youth and adult swim classes at various recreational pools throughout the City of Alexandria. In this role and you will have the opportunity to ensure that the goals are met to provide a safe, fun, structured and engaging atmosphere for all our customers. Enthusiasm, flexibility and excellent communication skills are needed to be successful in this position.

What You Should Bring
Each member of our team is accountable for the outstanding delivery of services to the community. You should possess knowledge and experience of teaching swim lessons. You will work to meet the needs of our community. You will have the support of and work under the direction of a Recreation Coordinator and/or Recreation Manager. The hours will be determined by customer needs, and may include mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

The Opportunity
  • Assists participants and parents, answers questions, and maintains a positive exercise experience;
  • Ensures that safety standards are met, and that department and facility policies are adhered to;
  • Instructs patrons on effective swim methods; explains and demonstrates proper techniques and teaches using appropriate methods;
  • Keeps management informed of customer and facility needs;
  • Prepares appropriate equipment, lesson plans, and final assessments for each class;
  • Teaches scheduled classes, beginning and ending on time;
  • Performs related duties as required.

About the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
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. Possession of valid First Aid training and CPR.

Preferred Qualifications

Possession of Water Safety Instructor certification from a nationally recognized organization.


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

Applications will be reviewed regularly, and candidates will be selected for interviews based upon the need for the position.

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will be holding Job Fairs during the year and applicants who have successfully applied for this position will have the opportunity to interview on-site during the fair.

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