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Now Hiring for the 2023 Summer Season!

Mountain Kids Swim Lessons is seeking applications from experienced Swim Instructors and/or Child related workers** to join our Summer 2023 team! We will be offering 4 weeks of lessons in July at Tie Lake (near Jaffray, BC), followed by a break week, then 4 weeks in August at Waldo Cove (near Baynes Lake, BC).

A great fit for Mountain Kids Swim Lessons is someone who is patient, kind and fun, as well as safe and responsible. You will be excited to get in the water, be engaging to all different kinds of kids, be encouraging and supportive, and most of all be dedicated to establishing trust and respect with swimmers from day one. You will be provided with training and practice during our Spring set (as necessary), as well as lesson plan guides, progressions, games and familiarization with each lake environment. You will also be provided with all necessary equipment and teaching tools, and we welcome your ideas and feedback to improve our offerings too.

Job Description:

Your role is to provide the best possible Swim Lessons you can, to the most awesome kids around. Many kids in our local communities have difficulty accessing swim lessons for various reasons, and many do not have basic swim skills yet, but they all spend time around lakes. The pandemic has made this even more difficult with most swimmers having had large gaps in their learning over the past few years. Mountain Kids Swim Lessons wants to change this by providing lessons right there at the lake, while being able to focus on the safety skills and survival swim skills needed to confidently explore the open water environment. Your goal is to share the joy and freedom of learning to swim, while teaching the fundamental swim skills needed to improve endurance, motor coordination development and confidence.

Summer Season:

  • Each week offers a new 4 lesson, 4 day set.

  • July: Seeking 1-2 Instructors for 4 days a week at Tie Lake for private and semi-private swim lesson sets; 1-2 swimmers per half hour lesson, 6 lessons a day with a break in the middle (approx. 1-4pm). Swimmers are 4 years and over - beginners or beginner/intermediates.

  • August: Seeking 1-2 Instructors for 4 days a week at Waldo Cove for 3 different options. For intermediate swimmers we will be offering small group swim lesson sets; 4 swimmers per 1 hour class running at 1-2pm, followed by a semi/private swim lesson at 2pm (for siblings of intermediate/advanced swimmers). After a break, we will be running Junior Lifeguard Club for advanced swimmers from 3-4.30pm for groups of 4-8 swimmers aged 8-15 years.

  • Open to the same Intructor working the whole Summer, or 2 instructors doing one month each. You must be able to complete all scheduled days; reliability and consistency is a must to provide a better learning environment for our swimmers.

Our ideal Instructor will have:

  • Experience working with children aged 4-15 years (and love it!)

  • Experience working as a Swim Instructor (Qualifications preferred) or sports instructor/child worker**
  • Bronze Cross minimum required, or willing to obtain prior (National Lifeguards preferred)

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR required (or willing to obtain prior)

  • Certified Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) would be a bonus

  • Clean vulnerable sector criminal record check and strong references

  • Reliable vehicle for own transportation, always on time (carpooling may be an option)

  • Valid Canadian work permit (if applicable) and local accommodation 

** While in an ideal world, the applicant would already be a qualified and experienced Swim Instructor (and Lifeguard), we understand this is difficult to come by in small towns. What makes a good Swim Instructor goes far beyond courses and ticking the boxes, it is about the ability to connect well with children, be attuned to their needs and build trust with each individual. swimmer While I can teach you how to break down a swimming skill into its progressive steps, the ability to connect cannot be taught in a course. For the right applicant, we would be willing to support you through the process of completing the minimum level of courses, and provide in person training during our Spring set. If you are looking for long term employment continuing into the Fall, we will also provide financial support. Perhaps you have been working with kids in preschool, childcare, school, sports, special education or have children of your own, and are looking to try something new? Swim Instructing really is such an amazing community service to get involved with :)

Remuneration: $24-$28/hr depending on experience and qualifications (plus EI, Worksafe and vacation pay). Each day you will be paid for 3-3.5 hours instructing time, plus half hour break, plus half hour for set up/set down.

For more information or to apply, please email Sarah Laverick at mountainkids.swimlessons@gmail.com, along with your CV/Resume, copy of qualifications and a short description of yourself and why you think you would be a good fit for Mountain Kids Swim Lessons. Many thanks!

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