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Swimming staff on summer camp usually combine the responsibilities of coaching with being a cabin counselor. Working on the waterfront is one of the best places to be at camp!

As a swimming instructor, you will be teaching skills and giving lessons for four or more hours each day, normally in hour-long periods. In addition, if your camp organises a swim team, campers will try out to represent their camp in inter-camp tournaments and swim meets throughout the summer. You may be asked to coach the teams. On other camps, swimming may be a purely recreational, fun activity.

What experience or qualifications are camps looking for?

Camps are looking for:

  • Individuals who are familiar with different swimming strokes and have experience teaching a range of different strokes to children
  • Qualified instructors: if you have a qualification in swimming e.g. ASA qualified, be sure to mention this in your summer camp application
  • Experienced instructors, increase your chances with1+ experience teaching swimming to children.

Swim staff are expected to be:

  • Hard-working - teach swimming or lifeguarding
  • Safety conscious
  • Confident
  • Fun and enthusiastic
  • Ability to balance the fundamentals of teaching skills and safety

Stand out from the crowd

Teach swimming
For swim teaching, previous experience of teaching swimming and ASA teaching awards are helpful.

RLSS Pool Lifeguard award, or similar lifesaving qualification.
Many camps run Red Cross lifeguard and teaching courses prior to camp to ensure that staff have valid US certifications.

Want to discuss your experience? Give us a call on 033 3999 7516 or request a call back!