YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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Water Fitness Instructor

Water Fitness Instructor

Job ID 
Posted Date 
300 E. Northwest Highway
# Positions 
Des Plaines
Hours per Week 
1- 3
Variable Schedule 

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Responsibilities & Requirements

You are the “Y”.


We’re more than a pool - the mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through fitness and healthy living, academic readiness, character development and violence prevention. Our 23 membership centers across the city and suburbs, 5 camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs provide everyone with a safe place to swim, learn, play and grow.

For over 135 years, the YMCA has been a pioneer and set the standard for aquatics and quality swim instruction. We rely on the expertise, passion, commitment and energy of our (Aquatic Coordinators, Lifeguards, and Swim Instructors) to continue this legacy and contribute to the health and wellness of our children, families and communities.  


Job Summary:


Instructs and coaches groups and individuals participating in water exercise classes.


Scope of Responsibilities:


  • Leads water fitness classes with a personalized approach following YMCA guidelines and protocols.
  • Prepares progressive exercise plans for program participants.
  • Gives clear explanations of safe exercises and demonstrates correct form. Provides safe alternate exercises when needed.
  • Sets up facility or equipment and stores at the completion of class. Reports equipment problems.
  • Records and maintains attendance records.
  • Acts as a primary responder in case of injury, accident, or illness in pool area and provides backup to lifeguards as needed in emergencies and crowd control.
  • Reports injuries and completes required forms.
  • Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.  Maintains current certifications.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Aquatic Director.

Child Abuse Prevention:


Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
  • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

Commitment to Inclusion:


Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations.



  • Must have current YMCA Swim Lessons or ARC Water Fitness certification.
  • Physical mobility to properly use aquatic equipment to rescue a 200 lb. person.
  • Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure the safety of all swimmers.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aide effectively.