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swimming instructor jobs at camp

are you?

A strong swimmer, Energetic, Observant, Alert

bonus qualifications:

Swimming qualifications aren't required, but water safety is incredibly important with kids at camp. If you're a strong swimmer, a swimming instructor role at camp might be the ideal role for you.

Most swimming instructors will also need to obtain their Canadian lifeguard certificate, and will spend time doing both roles.

learn more about lifeguarding roles at camp

why should I be a swimming instructor at summer camp?

If you’re passionate about swimming and want to spend your summer in the Canadian sunshine teaching others, then the role of a swimming instructor at camp is ideal for you.

Nothing feels better than seeing a camper going from not being able to swim a stroke to swimming laps by the end of their time with you.

Swimming instructors are currently in high demand and camp directors will be looking out for instructors that are experienced, so it is important in your application that you specify any qualifications and past experiences.

what does a swimming instructor do at summer camp?

As a swimming instructor, most of your days will be spent in and around a pool or lake, teaching campers different swimming techniques, helping them develop their confidence in the water.

You'll teach lessons that match the skill level of your campers, to make sure that every camper feels included and can become a confident swimmer.

Some camps also involve swimming instructors in lifeguard duties, depending on the size of the camp and lifeguard teams.

swimming instructor faq's

Will I be trained?

When you arrive at camp, you will spend around a week getting trained in your activity, to make sure you give the best experience to campers, whilst at the same time ensuring their safety. Don’t worry if you don’t have any relevant qualifications, all we’re asking for is that you’re willing to get stuck in!

Why should I be an activity specialist instead of a general counsellor?

Most importantly, being an activity specialist gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in an area that you are passionate about, getting experience that’s not available anywhere else. Whilst you’ll be teaching your activity 5 or 6 periods a day, you’ll generally have more time off, with many specialists staying overnight with other specialists rather than campers. You’ll also get to know the whole camp, spending your days seeing different groups of campers into the activity and seeing them grow both in the skill and as people.

How many children should I expect to teach?

Campers come down to sessions in divisions (age groups). These can vary in skill level, but usually are made up of 10-30 campers. You’ll then be paired with an individual camper or a group, and don’t worry - you’ll be supported by your fellow specialists and counsellors.

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