Aquatics Instructor


Under general supervision, plans, schedules and implements a variety of instructional programs for areas such as water exercise, swim lesson programs, and lifeguard instruction; delivers skill-focused lessons based upon participant abilities and/or certification criteria. Provides learning tools and equipment; delivers instructional materials; ensures the safety of students and participants using safe instructional practices; maintains program records and files; and performs related work as required.

Supervision Received And Exercised

Receives general supervision from higher-level supervisory staff. Exercises direction over lower-level staff.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This classification is responsible for performing assigned instruction program duties, including class planning and delivery, and ensuring a safe environment for participants. Incumbents regularly work on tasks that are varied and complex, requiring considerable discretion and independent judgment to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the assigned area. Assignments are given with general guidelines and incumbents are responsible for establishing objectives, timelines, and methods to deliver services. Work is reviewed for soundness, appropriateness, and conformity to policy and requirements.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Serves as a subject matter expert; plans, schedules and implements a variety of instructional programs for areas such as water exercise, swim lesson programs, and lifeguard instruction; delivers skill-focused lessons based upon participant abilities and/or certification criteria.
  • Provides technical guidance to participants by demonstrating multiple methods and techniques performed within the specialized training area; provides participants with the knowledge and tools needed for skill development.
  • Receives and responds to questions, concerns, and complaints from patrons; determines issues and resolves or refers to Aquatics Coordinator or Aquatics Supervisor as appropriate.
  • Implements and monitors District policies and procedures; enforces aquatics regulations; cautions patrons regarding unsafe activities.
  • Provides strong customer service skills, establishes, maintains, and fosters positive and effective working relationships.
  • Performs administrative tasks, such as attending and scheduling meetings, preparing reports, monitoring expenditures, and maintaining records.
  • Inspects and maintains swimming and pool equipment for functionality; ensures proper placement and availability in the pool area; recommends maintenance and repair as needed.
  • Assists with District special events as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Two years of relevant experience providing lifeguard and water safety instructional classes.
  • Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of effective instructional techniques, goals, and objectives.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, positive reinforcement, and class dynamics.
  • Relevant laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Aquatics facility layout needs for specific aquatics program area.
  • Principles and practices for providing high level of customer service.
  • Principles and practices of recordkeeping.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.

Ability to:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert; plan, organize, and implement program goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership, foster positive reinforcement, and manage class dynamics.
  • Prepare and implement effective lesson plans and techniques.
  • Monitor and enforce relevant laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Administer first aid, CPR, and AED as needed.
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in a clean, safe, and secure manner.
  • Perform work in an efficient, effective, safe, and timely manner.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines, and follow up on assignments.
  • Demonstrate strong customer service skills, and establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • At time of appointment, and maintained throughout employment possession of:
    • California Driver’s License, with a satisfactory driving record,
    • Applicable Instructor Certification(s).

Physical Demands

Work is primarily performed within a public swimming pool environment, where stamina is needed to perform moderate to heavy lifting of pool equipment and furniture or children and adults who may require removal from the pool, and to stay in the pool for prolonged periods. Must possess the mobility to stand, stoop, kneel, reach, bend, climb, push and pull materials and equipment, and swim while wearing an appropriate uniform with protective equipment. Vision and hearing must be sufficient to see and hear adults and children in crowded and noisy conditions and/or situations. Must also possess: the mobility to work in an office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or by using a telephone and radio. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or to operate safety equipment. Must possess the ability to swim distances and dive to pool depths, as determined by testing/certification authorities, and to lift 150 pounds or heavier weights with assistance and/or the use of proper equipment.

Environmental Elements

Incumbents work outdoors in a pool environment with wet and slippery conditions, and are exposed to variable weather conditions; may be exposed to chlorine, acids, and other chemicals at aquatics facilities, as well as blood and body fluids while rendering first aid and CPR. Incumbents will interact with individuals in interpreting and enforcing rules, policies, and procedures.

Working Conditions

Incumbents may be assigned an irregular work schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays.

Pre-Employment Conditions

  • Department of Justice fingerprint clearance.
  • Medical exam and drug testing clearance.

Classification Details/History

Date Adopted: 4/26/17 Job Code: PT276 FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Supersedes: New