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Swim Instructor

Company: City of Kissimmee
Location: Kissimmee
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

General Statement of Job

Under frequent supervision, provides effective and skillful swim instruction services for the Bob Makinson Aquatic Center, and assists in maintaining BMAC facilities and pools. Nights & weekends as required, no set schedule. Reports to the Recreation & Leisure Services Coordinator Aquatics and/or Recreation Specialist.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions :

Provides supervision for students attending swim lessons by organizing and conducting classes according to the policies and procedures published by Jeff Ellis Swimming.

Responsible for administrative work including student progress reports, lessons plans, attendance records and other administrative work as needed.

Inspects the pool area, grounds, facilities and equipment for safety and proper condition.

Monitors the activities and behavior of swim lesson participants; ensures compliance with all safety policies and procedures. Assists swimmers in danger, and performs CPR and provides First Aid as necessary.

Prepares accident/incident reports as required.

Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints of citizens regarding BMAC programs and policies.

Operates a variety of pool equipment, including pool vacuums, pumps, and controller. Uses oxygen tank and various CPR/AED/First Aid/First Responder equipment. Exercises care and safety in the use and maintenance of assigned equipment and tools.

Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, co-workers, lifeguards, swim participants, guests (children, parents, adults), Ellis & Associate Personnel, volunteers, and the general public.

Additional Job Functions:

Performs general pool and facility maintenance tasks. Cleans the pool deck, slides, windows, etc.; removes trash and debris. Performs general custodial and grounds maintenance tasks as necessary.

Performs general administrative/office duties as required; including attending meetings, assisting customers, answering the telephone, entering computer data, copying, and filling documents, faxing information, etc. Conducts registration for programs for the facility as well as collects fees and maintains records of moneys received; Rec Trac, as needed. Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Education and Training

Must be at least fifteen (15) years of age. Requires a junior high school diploma supplemented by a combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. High School graduate preferred. Must possess or have the ability to obtain within 1 month of hire; Jeff Ellis Swimming Instructor Certification and CPR/AED/First Aid certifications. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Drivers License or Florida ID.

Minimum Qualifications and Standards Required


Hours and schedule varies depending on the time of the year, not to exceed on average of 28 hours per week. Nights, weekends and early mornings may be required.

Physical Requirements:

Must be physically able to operate pool maintenance equipment, hand and power tools, etc. Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate, though not constant, physical effort, typically involving some combination of remaining on feet for extended periods of time, climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds to moderately heavy weight (up to 50 pounds).

Data Conception:

Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of date, people or things.

Interpersonal Communications:

Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving assignments and/or direction from supervisor.

Language Ability:

Requires ability to read a variety of policy and procedure manuals, technical manuals, equipment manual, etc. Requires the ability to prepare reports, records, etc., with proper format. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control and confidence.


Requires the ability to apply rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with ta variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic or schedule form. Requires the ability to learn and understand principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Verbal Aptitude:

Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow verbal and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and guests, and in using chemical and mechanical terminology.

Numerical Aptitude:

Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to utilize mathematical formulas, to determine percentages and decimals and to determine time and weight. Must be able to use practical applications of fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion. Must be able to use practical applications of geometry.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:

Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, a visually read various information.

Motor Coordination:

Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes using pool and grounds maintenance machinery.

Manual Dexterity:

Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, tools, etc. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination :

Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament:

Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with emergency situations or tight deadlines. The worker may be subject to danger or risk to a moderate degree.

Physical Communications:

Requires the ability to talk and hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

Performance Indicators

Knowledge of Job:

Has through knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of the Parks & Recreation Department as they pertain to the performance of duties of the swim instructor. Is knowledgeable in the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position. Has knowledge of swim instructing requirements as set forth by Jeff Ellis Swimming. Is able to work in adverse conditions, including exposure to extreme heat or cold, wetness, humidity, pollen, disease, machinery hazards, harmful rays of the sun, noise, toxic agents, water hazards, etc. Has knowledge of applicable occupational hazards, and safety precautions. Is able to conduct thorough safety inspections and to determine and resolve unsafe conditions. Knows how to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations. Has the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize daily assignments and work activities. Has the ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. Is able to read and interpret various materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job. Is able to prepare simple records and reposts. Is able to perform requires mathematical calculations with accuracy. Has knowledge of the terminology used within the department. Knows how to maintain effective relationships with personnel of other departments, professionals and members of the public through contact and cooperation.

Quality of Work:

Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interaction with internal and external entities with whom the position interacts.

Quantity of Work:

Performs described Essential Functions and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations.


Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Maintains accountability for assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.


Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and leave requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm:

Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates proper and acceptable action for the completion of work.


Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies issues or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to issues or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches issues, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.


Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with established policies or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation intra- and inter-departmentally.

Keywords: City of Kissimmee, Kissimmee , Swim Instructor, Other , Kissimmee, Florida

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